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Silicosis compensation claims

Are you one of the estimated 600,000 Australian workers potentially suffering from silicosis? We’re ready to help you take action and claim the compensation you deserve. 

What is silicosis?  

Silicosis is an incurable lung disease caused by breathing in tiny particles of silica dust. It’s usually found in the earth’s crust and is contained in materials such as:  

  • Quartz 

  • Sand 

  • Stone 

  • Granite  

  • And brick among others.  

The disease causes scarring, swelling and fluid build-up in the lungs that can make it difficult for a person to breathe. In severe cases it can advance to progressive massive fibrosis, with life-threatening consequences.

Industries most at risk

Stonemasonry

Mining

Construction

Demolition

Waste management

Automobile repairs

Cleaning

Engineering

Quarrying

You may also be at risk if your work involves:

  • Breaking, cutting, crushing, grinding, quarrying or milling material containing silica dust

  • Sandblasting or casting

  • Paving, surfacing or cement finishing

  • Bricklaying

  • Road construction

  • Mineral ore-treating processes

  • Manufacture of glass, dental material, jewellery, ceramics, brick, concrete, tile, metals or machinery 

What to do if you’re exposed to silicosis?  

If you suspect exposure to silica dust, it's crucial to prioritise your health and seek immediate medical guidance for your symptoms. For legal support, reach out to Shine Lawyers for a no-obligation consultation to assess your eligibility for compensation. 

With strict time limitations for silicosis legal claims, a detailed record of your silica exposure, diagnosis and the right advice from a toxic exposure and dust disease legal expert will help to support your claim. 

Do you have a claim?  

We’re here to make the claims process as simple and stress-free as possible.

How Shine can help  

We have helped thousands of Australians right wrong and access more than $1 billion per year in entitlements and compensation through our expert services.  

95% of the cases we represent are settled without the stress of going to court. 

We offer access to affordable legal advice including on a No Win, No Fee* basis and an obligation-free initial consultation so you can understand your rights and know where you stand.   

*Conditions apply   

We are ready to take action to get you the support and compensation you're entitled to and right wrong.  

Toxic exposure, silica and dust diseases FAQs

Is there a toxic exposure, silica and dust diseases lawyer near me?

With more than 40 branches across Australia and 1000+ team members, location is no barrier when it comes to accessing Shine Lawyers legal advice and support. 

If you’d like to speak to our toxic exposure, silica and dust diseases team in person, you can see our full list of locations here

If you aren't able to find a location near you, we can easily arrange an obligation-free virtual appointment or discuss the option to meet at a location that’s comfortable and convenient for you. No matter where you are located, we will always provide the same, expert advice and manage your claim with the same level of quality and commitment. 

Can a claim still be brought if I am no longer employed or my employer is out of business?

Yes, in some circumstances a claim can still be investigated and brought if the employer is no longer in existence or if you are no longer employed by the business where you were exposed. Our silicosis lawyers can provide you with advice on this matter specific to your circumstances.

Can I claim compensation for my dependents?

In certain circumstances it may be possible to bring a claim for compensation on the behalf of dependants of people who are impacted by silicosis. We can provide you with advice on this matter specific to your situation. Contact us today to find out more.

I’m already receiving workers’ compensation payments, can I receive additional compensation?

Yes, in certain circumstances it may be open for you to obtain compensation additional to that received from a workers compensation scheme. Our silicosis lawyers can provide you with advice on this matter specific to your situation. 

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