Asbestos exposure can have serious consequences on your health. At Shine Lawyers, we have asbestos lawyers who can sit down with you and determine whether you have a case for an asbestos compensation claim.
Our commitment to asbestos victims
Shine Lawyers has successfully represented sufferers of asbestos-related disease for almost 20 years. Our Asbestos Litigation Team has a 100% success rate in securing compensation for our clients in both national and international jurisdictions, including successful verdicts in the High Court of Australia. We are dedicated to providing exceptional service to our clients from instruction to verdict, obtaining results within a matter of weeks to months. We believe it is a privilege to act for our clients and their families, and provide peace of mind and a weight off their shoulders.
Asbestos and dust disease expertise
Our team is dedicated to asbestos litigation. With a proven track record in achieving justice for scores of asbestos and dust disease victims, we are experts in this area of law. We understand the impact of a life threatening illness, and work closely with victims and their families to minimise inconvenience and stress wherever possible.
We are committed to ensuring our clients have access to the highest standards of care. We collaborate with counsellors, medical specialists and family members to provide a team that offer holistic care over the course of our client’s illness.
Around the clock accessibility
Our solicitors will meet with clients at any time of the day - after hours, weekends, public holidays - to provide the assistance and advice that is required. This includes meetings at the client’s home.
Important cases and claims
Ken, a WWII veteran, worked as a painter in Sydney in the mid-sixties. For 20 years, his work required that he sand down asbestos cement sheeting which formed the exterior and interior linings of Housing Commission Homes and Municipal Buildings. Ken was diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2012 and Shine filed proceedings in the NSW Dust Diseases Tribunal against the defendant the same year. Six months later, at the age of 93, Ken’s claim was successfully resolved in the lead up to trial.
Charles instructed the Shine team at 83 years of age following his diagnosis of mesothelioma and a life expectancy of 6-12 months. His asbestos exposure occurred while working as an apprentice fitter and turner in Queensland for Foggett Jones (JC Huttons) in the 1960s. His work required that he tie cord rope around steam pipes and gaskets, with each of these materials containing asbestos. Shine secured a settlement within a two month period – an outcome that provided Charles with comfort in knowing that his disabled wife would be cared for upon his passing.
Herman was diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease in 2014 at the age of 69. Herman did little more than handle and cut asbestos sheeting while building an extension to his family home in Cabramatta West in 1975. Once identifying the manufacturer of the sheeting, Shine filed court proceedings and secured a settlement via negotiations. As a result, Herman recovered damages in excess of half a million dollars.
Ian was a 75 year old retiree when he was diagnosed with mesothelioma. His asbestos exposure occurred roughly 40 years prior, whilst working on and within close proximity of steam lines at the now defunct Rockhampton Power Station in Queensland. Workers would remove and replace asbestos lagging on steam pipe and lines and also on other plant at the power station. Consequently asbestos fibres were liberated into Ian’s work environment, Shine’s Asbestos Litigation Team obtained numerous statements from other former workers at the power station who came forward to help the team secure a six figure settlement for Ian within a matter of weeks.
Meet Roger at Shine Lawyers
Heading up Shine’s Asbestos Litigation Team is Roger Singh, a partner of the firm with over 25 years of experience in dust disease litigation. Roger has successfully fought on behalf of workers who were exposed to asbestos in a range of industries including mining, power, building, manufacturing, waterside and automotive. He has also represented home owners and individuals whose exposure occurred while performing renovations to their properties, and individuals who suffered secondhand exposure via family members working in environments contaminated with asbestos. Roger and his team have conducted countless cases throughout Australia, including in Victoria, Queensland, New South Wales, Northern Territory and Western Australia, and also internationally.
If a client instructs Shine Lawyers to act on their behalf, it will be Roger himself who oversees the case. Shine’s Asbestos Litigation Team members are able to mobilise quickly and advance cases with the utmost expedition.
We also provide compensation legal service for other dust related diseases such as Coal Worker's pneumoconiosis (aka "Black lung"). If you are one of the ex-QLD coal miners who have acquired 'black lung' (pneumoconiosis), you may be able to claim for compensation.
Remember, we operate on a No Win No Fee basis, so if we don’t win your case you don’t have to pay our fee.
Due to restrictions in Queensland (QLD) and Western Australia (WA) we are prohibited from showing people in those states certain information regarding our legal services. If you are located in QLD or WA please click here for information on asbestos compensation law.
Our offer to you
Common questions about Asbestos Claims and Compensation Lawyers
If you have an asbestos-related disease you may be able to claim, even if:
- You’re no longer working at the place where you were exposed
- Your employer is no longer in business
- You were self-employed or a contractor
- You were employed by more than one organisation
- You suffered second-hand exposure (contact with someone who was exposed to asbestos)
- You are, or were, a smoker
You could also make a claim, even if the asbestos exposure:
- Was not work-related
- Occurred during home renovations
- Is unknown to you
- Happened more than 50 years ago, interstate or overseas
Shine Lawyers can help you understand your rights. We know you have enough problems without adding complicated legal processes into the mix, so we keep it all really simple and get you the outcome you need.
In most instances a monetary value is placed on the gap between your life path before the injury, and your life path since the injury. All compensation claims are different and it will depend on the facts of your personal circumstances.
In most cases compensation covers:
- Pain and suffering
- Payment for loss of life expectancy
- Medical expenses (past and future)
- Loss of earnings (past and future)
- Home help and nursing help
- Care and help provided by friends and family
- Drugs and medical treatment
Shine Lawyers and our team of experts can help by finding the employer’s insurer and applying to the court to reinstate the company for the claim.
In most successful asbestos claims, compensation is made through the court under the process of common law.
In some states, if you were exposed to asbestos during your employment, it’s also possible to claim under the workers compensation scheme for that state.
We can help you with this on a No Win No Fee basis so you don’t have to worry about upfront costs and can focus on getting yourself and your family back on track.
In some cases the claim may be finalised in a few weeks or months, but this depends on your particular situation and the facts of your case.
When it comes to asbestos claims, this process can be shortened considerably to ensure claims are resolved within the injured persons lifetime. It is possible to speed up the process so that the claims is finalised within a couple of months, it really just depends on your situation.
Every case is different and depends on the individuals circumstances.
We recommend that you seek legal advice as soon as possible so you can make sure you are compensated.
It doesn't matter if you are located close or far away from a Shine Lawyers office - we will always provide the same, expert advice and manage your claim with the same level of quality and commitment.
Our compensation experts are in the following locations:
New South Wales
- Gold Coast
- Hervey Bay
- North Lakes
- Stones Corner
- Strathpine - Westfield
- Sunshine Coast
- Toowoomba - Kitchener Street
- Toowoomba - Russell Street
At Shine Lawyers you will have your own go-to team, who are always available to chat and who understand that explaining things in plain English to you is important.
We provide all of our asbestos legal services on a No Win No Fee Guarantee, which means you won't have to pay our legal costs unless we win your claim at the end.
Hear from some of our clients below who have been through the legal process with us.
Why you should choose Shine Lawyers to handle your asbestos compensation claim
Hear from some of our clients
History of Shine Lawyers
The Shine Lawyers team
Shine Lawyers also have accredited specialists in personal injury law across the nation:
Paula Shelton, Melbourne
Ron Kramer, Fairfield
Susan Newman, Sydney
Zlatko Mackic, Liverpool
Jodie Willey, Brisbane
Kathryn Rayner, Townsville
Lisa Kinder, Toowoomba
Melissa O'Neill, Brisbane
Michelle Wright, Springwood
Peter Matus, Bundall
Roger Singh, Brisbane
Simon Morrison, Brisbane