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If you or a loved one has developed cancer due to exposure to hazardous substances or conditions, such as asbestos, radiation, or harmful chemicals, we can help.

When cancer develops due to environmental exposures or occupational hazards, you may be able to claim compensation for treatment costs, lost earnings, and personal suffering, especially when linked to negligence.

You can make a No Win, No Fee compensation claim with the help and support of a personal injury solicitor.

You are not alone - Over 3 million patients receive cancer treatment each year

Approximately 3,200,000 NHS patients received cancer treatment in 2021-22 (england.nhs.uk).

Awareness of cancer and its symptoms has improved enormously in recent years. High profile sufferers and media campaigns have helped to raise awareness of the importance of early screening for the condition as early as possible.

According to Cancer Research, the survival rate for cancer in the UK has doubled in the last 50 years.

If you decide to make a cancer claim, your personal injury solicitor will take you through every step of the claims process. Your solicitor will be with you until you win your claim and get the compensation you need to move forward.

If you need information on cancer symptoms and treatment, visit: cancer (nhs.uk).

How much compensation can I claim for a cancer?

The amount of money you could claim will depend on:

  • the severity of your injury, and
  • any financial losses or costs you have incurred.

At the start of your claim, your solicitor will consider the many ways your injuries have affected your life. Your solicitor will take these considerations into account to calculate the correct compensation award.

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Get an accurate compensation estimate (including for multiple injuries), confirm your legal position, and check if you have a No Win, No Fee claim.

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General damages

General damages are awarded for pain, suffering and loss of amenity (PSLA).

Awards for general damages are set by the Judicial College (judiciary.uk) and published in their guidelines for personal injury awards.

How is compensation calculated if I have multiple injuries?

Special damages

If it can be proved that your injury left you unable to work, special damages can be awarded for any lost earnings, loss of commission or bonuses, and loss of pension contributions. It may also be possible to claim for loss of future earnings, if the medical prognosis establishes that you won't be able to work for any period in the future.

These damages will also cover the cost of any medical procedures you might need to treat or recover from your illness such as surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy and immunotherapy.

Read more:

A complete list of recoverable losses in a personal injury claim

Average cancer general damages compensation

The following cancer payouts refer to the Guidelines for the Assessment of General Damages in Personal Injury Cases, Sixteenth Edition by the Judicial College (oup.com).

These tables are used by solicitors or by the courts as a starting point when calculating your compensation.

Please note: these average figures represent general damages only, and do not include any element of special damages (e.g. lost wages).

Example Amount
Asbestos disease
Lung cancer £32,270 to £96,230

Early diagnosis

If cancer is discovered early, it is much more likely that the patient will recover and continue to have a normal life expectancy. Cancer that has spread to other parts of the is much more difficult to treat, so early diagnosis can dramatically alter the potential prognosis for the sufferer.

Cancer Research states that:

  • 79% of lung cancer cases are preventable
  • 54% of bowel cancer cases are preventable
  • 23%% of breast cancer cases are preventable

Detailed cancer statistics can be viewed at: cancerresearchuk.org

Late or delayed diagnosis

It's critical for GPs to refer patients with potential cancer symptoms to a specialist for testing, as some cancer symptoms can mimic other conditions, leading to misdiagnosis.

GPs must take all necessary precautions to protect your health, especially if there's any suspicion of cancer. Delays in cancer diagnosis can adversely affect prognosis and treatment options.

If an earlier diagnosis would have meant less invasive treatment or prevented the spread of a tumour, you might be eligible for compensation due to medical negligence.


Cancer misdiagnosis can drastically affect your recovery, quality of life, and longevity. If abnormalities are found, doctors have a duty to conduct further investigations and tests. Failing to do so can lead to misdiagnosis. Upon conducting biopsies or tests for cancer, it's the doctor's duty to inform patients of the results and ensure timely, appropriate treatment.

Negligence in acting on test results or in the diagnosis process may render the doctor liable for a clinical negligence claim.

How were you injured?

Claiming compensation depends on the circumstances of your illness. Click the icons below to learn more:

No win, no fee cancer compensation claims

With no win, no fee, you can claim cancer compensation without financial risk. If your claim isn't successful, you pay nothing. If you win, you only pay a pre-agreed percentage of your compensation.

Find out more about how no win, no fee claims work

How we can help you with your injury claim

Your solicitor will fight for the best possible compensation settlement for you, and the highly-experienced panel of solicitors have an excellent track record of winning injury claims.

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