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Asbestos Compensation Queensland and WA

Have you been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease such as asbestosis or mesothelioma as a result of asbestos exposure? You may be eligible to claim for compensation.


This page is written specifically for a Queensland or Western Australian audience. Restrictions in these states prohibited us from showing certain information regarding our legal services, so if you are located outside these states please click here for information on asbestos compensation law.

National Asbestos Register

Often with asbestos-related diseases, it can take years for symptoms to develop. That is why it is critical to record the details of any asbestos exposure you may have had. Shine Lawyers has developed a National Asbestos Register to assist with tracking the presence of asbestos across Australia. If you have come into contact with asbestos, no matter how recently, register your exposure in case your health is affected in future.

Abestos-related diseases

Asbestos exposure can develop into diseases such as:

How can I make an asbestos compensation claim

Claiming compensation for asbestos exposure and associated asbestos-related diseases is complicated. An experienced asbestos lawyer will help you to navigate the legal process including obtaining medical evidence.

Shine Lawyers pursue claims Australia wide and are well-experienced in dust disease compensation. Claims for dust disease compensation are run on a No Win No Fee basis, meaning you will only pay our legal fees if your claim is successful.

If you'd like to know more, we can provide obligation-free advice on your potential claim. We recommend talking to a lawyer as soon as possible, as strict legal time limits may apply to your claim.

We understand that for many, seeking legal advice can be a difficult first step. Watch our step-by-step guide to compensation and what to expect from the legal process below.

If you or a loved one has an asbestos disease, contact the team today to find out if you have a claim.

Am I eligible 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 where you were exposed
  • your employer is no longer in business
  • you were self-employed or a contractor
  • you were employed by more than one organisation
  • 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:

  • was not work-related
  • occurred during home renovations
  • happened more than 50 years ago, interstate or overseas

Our expert legal team can help you to understand your rights and what you're entitled to. We keep things simple so you can continue managing your health without having to deal with a complicated legal process.

Why claim asbestos compensation?

Compensation for an asbestos-related disease can help with:

  • assistance with medical expenses;
  • care and assistance;
  • medical equipment and aids;
  • income loss that you have now and will have in the future.

If you were exposed to asbestos while working, it may be possible to claim under your states workers compensation scheme.

How long does an asbestos compensation claim take?

In some circumstances, for example, if the disease is terminal, it may be possible to speed up the process so that it is finalised in a matter of weeks or months.

Why trust Shine Lawyers with my asbestos claim?

Shine Lawyers is one of the biggest asbestos litigation firms in Australia, with the track record to get you the result you are looking for.

Our team will always available to discuss your case and will make sure to explain the legal process in a way you understand.

We provide all of our asbestos legal services on a No Win No Fee Basis, which means you won't have to pay our legal costs unless we win your claim.

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

If a loved one has passed away owing to an asbestos-related disease, it may be possible for you to claim compensation on behalf of the 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.

More questions? We have answered some commonly asked questions below.

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


Common Questions

How much compensation you claim depends on your specific circumstances. Once you tell us about your situation we can give you a better idea of what compensation you can expect.

In most cases compensation covers:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Payment for loss of life expectancy
  • Medical expenses (past and future)
  • Loss of earnings (past and future)
  • Home help and nursing help
  • Care and help provided by friends and family
  • Drugs and medical treatment

Generally, the manufacturer or supplier of the absbestos to which you were exposed or the insurance company of your employer will pay compensation under their policy. It may be possible to claim compensation even if your employer has gone out of business.

Shine Lawyers' experts will find the employer's insurer and apply in court to reinstate the company for your claim.

All asbestos claims differ owing to every claimant's unique situation, however, the below image provides a general overview of how claims run.

Claims Process Diagram

If a person seeking compensation is suffering from a terminal condition, the process can be quickened to finalise the claim during the injured person's lifetime.

Shine Lawyers runs dust disease claims on a No Win No Fee* basis, so you won't pay legal fees unless your case is successful.

If successful, your legal fees will be calculated based on the amount of work needed on your case. Every case is different and so are the fees.

*Conditions Apply

Strict time limits can apply for asbestos compensation. The exact time limit will differ depending on where your case is located. Regardless of where you live, you should seek legal advice as soon as possible, as falling outside time limits can significantly affect your claim's prospects.

It doesn't matter how far you live from a Shine Lawyers office – we will always provide you with the same expert service.

We represent clients across Australia – here's a list of our Queensland and WA locations.

Shine Lawyers are expert asbestos lawyers that can help you get the compensation you need following your diagnosis. Click on the link below for more information about how Shine Lawyers can help you with regards to asbestos claims.

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