If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you may be entitled to make a compensation claim. Compensation can give you access to the medical and support services you and your family require, and can help improve your overall quality of life.
At Shine Lawyers, we have a team of expert asbestos compensation lawyers who are available for an obligation-free consultation. If you have been exposed to asbestos, or have been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease such as mesothelioma, register now with Shine Lawyers' National Asbestos Register. Registration is free and can help in any future compensation claims you may bring.
What is mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma is a rare, malignant form of cancer that develops on the cells of mesothelium, a protective lining that covers most of your internal organs.
Mesothelioma is commonly caused by contact with asbestos, whether short or long-term exposure, and mainly affects the lungs and abdomen.
Mesothelioma shares many of the same symptoms as asbestosis and other asbestos-related diseases. The most common of these include:
- Shortness of breath
- Coughing, wheezing and hoarseness
- Chest wall and/or abdominal pain
- Pleural effusions (fluid surrounding the lung)
- Blood in sputum (mucous in lungs)
The signs and symptoms of mesothelioma may not appear for decades after asbestos exposure, and only manifest during the later stages of cancer development.
Diagnosing mesothelioma can be difficult because many of the symptoms are similar to asbestosis and other asbestos-related diseases. Early diagnosis, however, can provide a wider range of treatment options and help extend your life. It is best to contact your doctor if you have a history of exposure to asbestos.
Treatment for mesothelioma
There are a variety of options for combating mesothelioma, including surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Your treatment will ultimately depend on factors such as the type and severity of your cancer, and your overall health.
Each case of mesothelioma is different, so be sure to talk to your doctor about the best treatment options available to you.
Although the average life span after diagnosis is 1-2 years, mesothelioma affects each individual differently. Your prognosis will depend on a variety of factors such as your overall health, the type of mesothelioma you are diagnosed with, and the stage it has developed to.
Mesothelioma compensation process
No two cases of mesothelioma compensation are the same, and the way we handle your case will depend on your particular circumstances. For a general overview of the legal process for bringing a claim for compensation, see our video below:
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Common questions about Mesothelioma compensation lawyers
Mesothelioma is a cancer type that affects the mesothelial cells in the body. The most common type of Mesothelioma is called pleural mesothelioma, which starts in the chest and can have a profound impact on the life of the sufferer. Mesothelioma can arise in the abdomen, which is called peritoneal mesothelioma, and it’s effects are just as serious.
Mesothelioma is very strongly associated with asbestos exposure. A very large percentage of people diagnosed with Mesothelioma were exposed to asbestos.
Asbestos is a mineral rock that is made up of many tiny fibres that exist naturally. For a long time, it was mined and supplied in Australia for building material, insulation and fireproofing, among many other things. In 2004, the Australian government made it illegal to store, mine, import, install or reuse anything containing asbestos. Asbestos products that are already in place are allowed, however great care needs to be taken if anything containing asbestos is disturbed or pulled down.
Shine Lawyers are Mesothelioma claims experts that can help you determine your rights under Australian law. Bringing about a claim for Mesothelioma compensation generally encompasses the below process, however on a much shorter timescale.
It is possible to speed up the process to ensure the claim is finalised within a few months and in the sufferers lifetime. It depends on your situation though and its best to seek legal help as soon as possible.
Mesothelioma and asbestos claims are different to many other types of personal injury claims, in that you may be able to make a compensation claim even if:
- You don’t work at the place where you were exposed to the asbestos anymore
- You were a contractor on the site that you were exposed
- You were self-employed on the site that you were exposed
- You suffered second-hand exposure
- The employer you worked for is no longer in business
- You are, or ever were, a smoker
It’s important to note that you may also be entitled to Mesothelioma compensation if:
- The asbestos exposure was not work related
- The asbestos exposure is not known by you
- The asbestos exposure happened during home renovations
- The asbestos exposure happened more than 50 years ago, interstate or overseas
To make sure your rights are looked after, its important you seek help from a Mesothelioma claims expert.
The law surrounding Mesothelioma compensation in Australia can be complex. Shine Lawyers are experts when it comes to finding out your rights under Australian law and can bring forward a claim for compensation should you wish. It’s important that you seek the right legal help for you and that the legal team takes the time to thoroughly understand your case and the facts unique to your situation.
As part of the Shine Lawyers service offering, we operate on a No Win No Fee guarantee, which means you won’t have to pay our legal fees unless we win your claim at the end.
As part of the Shine Lawyers service offering, all Mesothelioma claims are undertaken on a No Win No Fee guarantee, which means you won’t have to pay our legal fees unless we win your claim at the end.
The insurance company of the employer/ person at fault will be the ones who will pay you the compensation as per their policy should you win your case,
Even if the employer doesn’t exist as an entity any more, it is still possible to make a claim for Mesothelioma compensation.
No two Mesothelioma compensation claims are the same, but generally speaking, most mesothelioma and asbestos claims recover compensation for the following:
- Payment for loss of life expectancy
- Past and Future medical expenses
- Past and Future loss of earnings
- Home nursing and help (paid or unpaid)
- Drugs and medical treatment
- Pain and suffering
Every Mesothelioma case is different and how much compensation you are entitled to depends on the facts of your situation. A lawyers should be able to give you a really good indication once they know the ins and outs of your case. Shine Lawyers are Mesothelioma compensation lawyers that can help you find out what you are entitled to under Australian law.
When it comes to calculating your mesothelioma compensation, in most cases a monetary value is placed on the gap between your predicted life path before the diagnosis, and your actual life path since being diagnosed with Mesothelioma.
Strict time limitations apply for asbestos compensation claims, but these differ depending on where your claim is run and what kind of claim is brought. It is important you seek expert legal advice as soon as possible following your diagnosis so you can put the strongest case forward for your claim.
How long a claim can take really depends on your situation and the complexity of the case. When it comes to Mesothelioma claims, it’s possible to speed up the claims process to make sure the claim is finalised in the suffers lifetime. In the past, claims have been known to be resolved in a few weeks or months, but it really depends on your situation. A lawyers should be able to give you a good indication once they know the facts of your case.
Shine Lawyers have offices in the following locations. As part of our service offering, home or hospital appointments can be arranged at your convenience.
New South Wales
- Gold Coast
- Hervey Bay
- North Lakes
- Stones Corner
- Sunshine Coast
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