Shine Lawyers has asbestos lawyers who can sit down with you and determine whether you have a case for an asbestos compensation claim.
Asbestos exposure and asbestos diseases
There is a common misconception that some forms of asbestos, such as white asbestos, are harmless. This is not true for all types of asbestos. All asbestos is dangerous and inhalation of asbestos dust and fibre may result in severe asbestos-related diseases.
Asbestos-related diseases refer to any illness caused by exposure to asbestos. When inhaled, asbestos fibres accumulate within the lungs and cause scarring and inflammation. Repeated exposure to asbestos increases one's risk of developing an asbestos-related disease. There are many types of asbestos-related diseases, the most common of which are outlined below.
Pleural plaques are areas of fibrous thickening on the lining of the lungs and typically arise 20 to 30 years after asbestos exposure. The plaques can calcify over time but generally do not cause long-term health problems
Asbestosis specifically refers to fibrosis (scarring) within the lung tissue caused by asbestos. Shortness of breath is the main symptom of asbestosis.
Asbestosis is associated with occupational exposure of high intensity and over prolonged periods of time. It is a progressive disease that worsens with time – although it is non-cancerous.
Mesothelioma is an aggressive form of cancer that mostly develops in the lining of the lungs. Mesothelioma is associated with modest levels of asbestos exposure and has no known cure.
Asbestos induced lung cancer is generally associated with occupational exposure of high intensity and for prolonged periods of time. In many cases it carries a very poor prognosis.
Smokers who have been exposed to asbestos are at far greater risk of developing lung cancer than those who do not smoke.
Asbestos Compensation Claims
Shine Lawyers has dedicated lawyers practising exclusively in asbestos and dust disease compensation who can provide obligation free advice about any potential claim.
Shine Lawyers pursues claims Australia wide and has a proven track record as far as the High Court of Australia. Claims are run on a no win no fee basis, meaning you only pay our legal fees if you are successful.
There are numerous compensation schemes available and the circumstances of your asbestos exposure will determine where and what type of claim to lodge. For this reason, it is important that you contact Shine Lawyers for advice regarding a potential claim as strict time limits can apply.
Australian Asbestos Register
Shine Lawyers' Asbestos Law Division has developed a national Asbestos Register to document and track asbestos exposure around Australia. If you have been exposed, regardless of how recently, record your details here. Registration is free and will assist in any future compensation claims that may arise.
If you or a loved one has an asbestos disease, contact the team today to find out if you have a claim.
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Common questions about Asbestos lawyers and compensation claims
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.
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 Centre
- Sunshine Coast
- Toowoomba - Kitchener 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
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History of Shine Lawyers
The Shine Lawyers team
Shine Lawyers also have accredited specialists in personal injury law across the nation:
Stuart Le Grand, 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