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Have you been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease such as asbestosis or mesothelioma? This is commonly a result of asbestos exposure?

Toxic exposure, silica and dust diseases

Asbestos exposure risks 

When asbestos dust and fibers are inhaled it can result in several asbestos-related diseases. These diseases may not reveal their symptoms until years later. When inhaled, asbestos fiber accumulates in the lungs and can cause scarring and inflammation. 

Repeated exposure to asbestos increases your risk of developing an asbestos-related disease. The most common of which are outlined below. 

Asbestos related diseases  

  • Mesothelioma

  • Asbestosis; 

  • Pleural plaques; and 

  • Lung cancer. 

We have compiled the following list of professions and workplaces where asbestos diseases are commonly found. 

Asbestos-related professions and workplaces; 

  • Construction workers; 

  • Laborer's; 

  • Builders; 

  • Carpenters; 

  • Mechanics; 

  • Firefighters; 

  • Shipyard workers; 

  • Asbestos removalist and insulation workers; and 

  • Demolition specialists; 

If you are suffering from an asbestos-related disease, it’s important to seek legal advice and document your asbestos exposure in case you need to make a future claim. 

Making an asbestos compensation claim 

From navigating the legal process to gathering the medical evidence required - the asbestos claims process is not always straightforward. There are numerous compensation schemes available with different laws in each state, making it challenging to know your next steps. Helping you to navigate this difficult time is where our expert asbestos lawyers shine. 

Shine Lawyers pursue claims Australia-wide and have a proven track record as far as the High Court of Australia. Our asbestos compensation claims are run on a No Win, No Fee* basis, meaning you only pay for our legal fees if we are successful. We can provide obligation-free advice about your potential claim, but we recommend reaching out sooner rather than later as strict time limits can apply. 

Eligibility to claim asbestos compensation 

If you have an asbestos-related disease you may be able to claim, even if: 

  •  You’re no longer working at the place of exposure 

  • Your employer is no longer in business 

  • You were self-employed or a contractor 

  • You have multiple organisations employing you 

  • 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:  

Shine Lawyers can help you understand your rights. We are aware you could be dealing with numerous health problems without adding complicated legal processes into the mix. We keep our process really simple and get you back to where you need to be with the outcome you deserve. 

 Why claim asbestos compensation?  

Claiming for asbestos compensation helps to cover you for:  

  • Income loss that you have now and will have in the future;  

  • Related immediate and future illness; and 

In some states, if you were exposed to asbestos during your employment, it is also possible to claim under the worker's compensation scheme for that state.

You may be eligible for compensation

We’re here to make the claims process as simple and stress-free as possible.

How Shine can help 

We have helped thousands of Australians right wrong and access more than $1 billion per year in entitlements and compensation through our expert services. 

95% of the cases we represent are settled without the stress of going to court.

 We offer access to affordable legal advice including on a No Win, No Fee* basis and an obligation free initial consultation so you can understand your rights and know where you stand.  

*Conditions apply  

We are ready to take action to get you the support and compensation you're entitled to and right wrong. 

Toxic exposure, silica and dust diseases FAQs

How long does an asbestos compensation claim take?

It’s possible to speed up an asbestos compensation claim to make sure it’s finalised in the sufferer’s lifetime. 

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. 

Why trust Shine Lawyers with my asbestos claim?

Shine Lawyers is one of the biggest personal injury and asbestos litigation firms in Australia and have the experience and nous to go up against the big insurance companies and get you the result you are looking for. 

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. 

Can I make an asbestos compensation claim for a deceased relative?

If someone close to you has passed away from an asbestos-related disease, you may be able to claim compensation on behalf of their estate or as a dependent. 

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.

Is there a toxic exposure, silica and dust diseases lawyer near me?

With more than 40 branches across Australia and 1000+ team members, location is no barrier when it comes to accessing Shine Lawyers legal advice and support. 

If you’d like to speak to our toxic exposure, silica and dust diseases team in person, you can see our full list of locations here

If you aren't able to find a location near you, we can easily arrange an obligation-free virtual appointment or discuss the option to meet at a location that’s comfortable and convenient for you. No matter where you are located, we will always provide the same, expert advice and manage your claim with the same level of quality and commitment. 

Unable to work due to illness? You may be entitled to 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. 

Learn more about superannuation and disability insurance claims.

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