Some diseases which are the subject of asbestos compensation claims, such as mesothelioma, can only be caused by exposure to asbestos. In such cases it is usually straightforward to establish that the disease was caused by asbestos exposure at work.
Lung cancer is an extremely serious condition which can be fatal. Exposure to asbestos can cause lung cancer which is clinically indistinguishable from lung cancer caused by other factors. This means many people do not know that their lung cancer was caused by asbestos and may not claim the compensation they are entitled to.