If you have been diagnosed with an asbestos related disease, you may be entitled to claim compensation. Trade-based workers are usually the ones affected by asbestos disease, including builders, carpenters, plumbers, electricians, sheet metal workers and asbestos insulation workers.
There is no safe level of asbestos exposure but not everyone who is exposed develops a disease. It can take between 20 to 60 years after exposure for the sickness to develop.
Who is Eligible for Asbestos Claims and Compensation?
Asbestos related diseases primarily affect the respiratory and gastrointestinal systems. If you are diagnosed with one of the following diseases you may qualify for compensation:
- Lung cancer
- Gastrointestinal cancers
- Asbestos related pleural diseases and plaques
If you have any of the above diseases, you can make a claim in a variety of circumstances, including if:
- You are no longer employed where the exposure occurred
- You were exposed to asbestos under multiple employers
- Your employer at the time has since gone out of business
- You were self-employed or a contractor when exposed
- You were exposed to asbestos over 60 years ago
- Your exposure to asbestos was not at work
- You were exposed to asbestos while renovating a home
- Your exposure to asbestos was brief
- You are uncertain when you were exposed to asbestos
- You smoke or have smoked cigarettes
Asbestos isn’t the only toxic dust that can cause disease, others include lead, silica and mercury. Victims of diseases caused by these substances can also legally seek compensation.
Making an Asbestos Claim
Asbestos common law compensation claims must be lodged in court during the lifetime of the asbestos disease sufferer, though some people may also be eligible for statutory benefits. You may be able to claim against multiple parties including former employers, manufacturers of asbestos products and occupiers of sites where asbestos was present.
Depending on the case, you may be able to claim damages for medical expenses, future care and assistance, loss of wages, loss of future earning capacity and shortened life expectancy.
Get in Touch
It’s important you speak to an asbestos lawyer about your employment history and all of your exposures to asbestos, who can then advise you on who can take legal action against. As some asbestos conditions progress very quickly, it’d essential to seek legal advice quickly.
Brisbane Injury Lawyers can help you get fair compensation or damages where it is possible. We believe everyone has the right to legal representation, which is why we charge no fees until the successful conclusion of your claim. No Win, No Fee.
Speak to one of our asbestos lawyers today on 07 3188 5800 or contact us online.