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Dust Disease Compensation

If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with a dust disease as a result of exposure to hazardous particles – such as asbestos or silica, you may be entitled to receive compensation.

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Working with dangerous dusts without the proper protective gear can put you at risk of developing a dust related disease, as can coming into contact with hazardous dusts in non-occupational settings. If you have been diagnosed with a dust disease, Shine Lawyers will fight for the compensation that you and your family deserve.

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Diseases that can be associated with dust exposure:

Industries most at risk of dust diseases:

There are many industries including (but not limited to): power stations, mining, brick manufacture, construction, ship building, plumbing, boiler making and stonemasonry where workers would be at risk of developing disease as a result of occupational exposure. Whilst symptoms often don’t present until years later, once diagnosed they can progress quickly.

Dust disease compensation process

1 Document your exposure

If you know that you have been exposed to a dangerous dust, either at work or in a non-occupational setting, document your exposure using our free asbestos register, silicosis register, or by using the form below. This will help us to support your claim if you are diagnosed at a later date.

2 Suspect you are ill?

See your doctor - be explicit about the industry that you work in and what your concerns are as some diseases will not turn up on initial scans.

3 Receive diagnosis

Request a medical certificate from your doctor.

4 Contact Shine Lawyers

Speak with a dust diseases expert as quickly as possible as strict time limits apply.

5 We will support you to make a claim

We support you in claiming compensation and can help to speed up the legal process. We can investigate and bring negligence claims against the entities responsible for your injuries. We can also assist you with accessing statutory entitlements, such as workers compensation if you were a worker when you were exposed and superannuation benefits if you are unable to work because of your condition.

6 We’re on your side

We offer our services with a no win, no fee guarantee, meaning that you don’t pay for our legal services unless we are successful.

Why claim dust disease compensation?

Compensation can help you or your family with expensive medical bills, costly support services like at home nursing care, medical aids and lost income that could occur due to managing your chronic illness. It can also provide compensation for the pain and suffering associated with your condition.

How Shine Lawyers can help

Our highly experienced legal team understand the ins and outs of standing up for the rights of workers whose lives have been turned upside down by these destructive diseases. We can help you to understand what your legal rights are and have the know how to pursue a claim on your behalf so that you get the best possible outcome. Contact us today to find out more. For more information about dust disease compensation claims see our Common Questions section below.

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Common Questions

In situations where the claim may be terminal, the claim can be fast tracked within a matter of months from start to finish.

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 dust diseases experts can provide you with advice on this matter specific to your circumstances.

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

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

The majority of claims settle outside of court. If your claim does reach the point of going to court or trial, we will guide you through every step of the way to help you get the compensation you are entitled to.

Strict time limits can apply for the bringing of both statutory claims and a court claim. If you have been diagnosed with a dust disease and wish to claim compensation, it is important to seek legal advice immediately to avoid the claim falling foul of applicable time limitations.

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Where you are located isn’t necessarily a barrier when it comes to obtaining the services of a Dust Disease lawyer. It doesn’t matter if you are located close or far away from a Shine Lawyers office – as part of our service offering we offer home visits or hospital appointments at your convenience.

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Asbestos related pleural disease is most commonly known as being asbestos related pleural effusion. It is a non-malignant disease which is caused by inhaling asbestos fibres and dust that scar the pleura. Symptom may include, but are not limited to, shortness of breath and discomfort in the chest region. While the symptoms of asbestos pleural disease are similar to that of asbestosis, asbestos pleural disease occurs in the lining of the lungs as opposed to the lungs themselves.

Scleroderma is a group of autoimmune diseases that can either be localised to skin or involve other internal organs along with the skin. These diseases may result in changes to the skin, blood vessels, muscles and internal organs. Symptoms may include but are not limited to: thickened skin, exhaustion, stiffness and extremely poor circulation to the fingers and toes with exposure to the cold.

There has been medical literature in existence for decades which confirms a connection between scleroderma and silica dust exposure in many industries including mining, sand blasting and stone cutting occupations.

Rheumatoid Arthritis is another autoimmune disorder that can be caused by exposure to silica dust. The disease typically affects ones joints and is more common in middle-aged men and women. There have been reports over the years of the hazards of silica dust and how it may trigger not only respiratory diseases but also autoimmune conditions like rheumatoid arthritis.

Occupational asthma is asthma that is either caused by, or worsened by, the workplace environment. Most commonly it is due to some sort of exposure to substances that may cause an allergic reaction, an irritant reaction or a reaction which may result in naturally occurring chemicals, such as histamines, building up in the lungs which results in an asthma attack.

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning speaks for itself. It is poisoning that occurs when one has inhaled too much carbon monoxide, which can be found in oils and fuels. When one is exposed to this type of poisoning, symptoms have been described to that of having the flu (headaches, dizziness, weakness, vomiting, chest pain and confusion). Additionally, respiratory problems are linked to such exposure. There are many ways one can be subjected to such poisoning, from working in petroleum fuel based industries, house fires and working with gas-powered tools such as concrete cutting saws and poorly maintained vehicles without proper safety equipment or ventilation. Prolonged exposure to Carbon Monoxide can increase the risk of heart disease and lead to acute respiratory distress syndrome.

Those exposed to the cutting and milling of timber may develop ill health including diseases and conditions such as respiratory allergic reaction, non-allergic respiratory reaction (mucosal) and carcinogenicity, namely certain types of cancer including nasal cancers such as nasal adenocarcinoma. Some symptoms of nasal adenocarcinoma are blocked sinuses that do not clear, headaches or pain in the sinus area, nosebleeds, with a lump on the inside of the nose or on the face and swelling of the eyes. Those most at risk are tradespersons such as carpenters and those that work with timber production.

Benzene Poisoning occurs when one swallows, inhales or touches benzene, which is a clear petroleum-based chemical that can be found in gasoline and diesel fuel, many industrial solvents and in various paints, lacquers and varnish removers. Symptoms can be, but are not limited to, blurred vision, irregular heartbeat, dizziness, exhaustion and tightness in the chest. There has also been a link between long-term benzene exposure and types of lymphoma such as multiple myeloma, acute lymphocytic leukaemia and chronic lymphocytic leukaemia. Those mainly at risk are those that work in chemical plants, paper factories, oil refineries and those that work as painters.

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