If you have been exposed to asbestos dust, regardless of how recently, please submit your details to our Asbestos Register.
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.
When was asbestos banned in Australia?
The use of the most deadly form, crocidolite (blue) asbestos, was banned in Australia in 1967, while the use of amosite (brown) asbestos continued to be used until 1983. It wasn’t until 20 years later in 2003, that the chrysotile (white) asbestos was finally banned.
While it is legal to remove asbestos from your home, due to the serious potential health risks it’s advisable to call in professionals to due to the job. A professional can safely remove and dispose of any asbestos without risk to your family.
If you have an older property that you believe may have asbestos, it’s vital that you have asbestos testing done by a professional to prevent exposure. It can be tricky to identify asbestos as it takes so many forms.
Asbestos Compensation Claims
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. It is important that you contact Shine Lawyers for advice regarding a potential claim as strict time limits can apply.
For more information on what's involved in the legal process, watch our step-by-step guide to compensation.
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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Superannuation and Disability Insurance
If you are unable to work due to illness or injury you might be entitled to benefits through your superannuation or other insurance policies. We recommend speaking to one of our experts for a quick, obligation-free analysis of your situation to determine your rights and ability to make a claim..