Construction workers aren’t just at risk of falls and sudden accidents on the job—they also face overwhelming odds of suffering work-related cancer. Contractors, plumbers, electricians, masons, and anyone else may be exposed to carcinogens on a building site. Over time, exposure to harmful substances can cause the formation of tumors or organ damage that can lead to a terminal diagnosis.
How to Determine If Cancer Was Caused by Construction Work
Cancer-causing agents can take many forms, including glues, solvents, gases, liquids, or even radiation. If you worked with or near harmful carcinogens and did not have proper protective equipment, you may be able to file a third-party claim against a contractor, site owner, or other negligent entity.
You may be able to collect compensation for work-related diseases such as:
- Lung cancer. The majority of cancers in the construction trade are lung cancers caused by breathing in hazardous particles and small fibers. Asbestos exposure has been identified as the root cause of mesothelioma, an aggressive cancer that can inflame the tissues of the lungs. Cancers and lung diseases caused by inhalation of asbestos and silica typically appear several decades after exposure.
- Skin cancer. Repeated exposure to the sun (such as during road works) has played a role in construction employee melanoma diagnosis, while coal tars have been linked to non-melanoma skin cancers across the building industry.
- Other cancers. Diesel exhaust is recognized as a “potential occupational carcinogen” by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). Studies have discovered links between diesel fuel and fumes and several forms of cancer, including cancers of the bladder, esophagus, stomach, and pancreas.
Contact Top NYC Construction Attorneys Today
Worker’s compensation may not be sufficient to pay for everything you have lost due to your cancer diagnosis. At Hofmann & Schweitzer, we work on a contingency fee basis and do not collect any attorneys' fees unless we help you recover damages. To find out what you may be owed, simply fill out our quick contact form or call (800) 362-9329 to speak with a lawyer or learn more about your rights in our FREE brochure, Hurt in a Construction Accident? You’re Not Alone.