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
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.
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.
- 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.
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.
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.
- 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
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.
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