As part of our service, we provide all asbestos compensation legal services on a No Win No Fee guarantee, which means you don't have to pay our legal fees unless we win your claim at the end.
We also provide compensation legal service for other dust related diseases such as Coal Worker’s pneumoconiosis (aka “Black lung”). If you are one of the ex-QLD coal miners who have acquired ‘black lung’ (pneumoconiosis), you may be able to claim for compensation.
We understand that for many, seeking legal advice can be a difficult first step. Watch our step-by-step guide to compensation for more information on what to expect from the legal process.
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 details here.
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.
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Common questions about Asbestos Compensation Queensland and WA
Under Queensland or WA law, it’s possible to bring forward a compensation claim for a diagnosable asbestos illness where the source of the asbestos exposure can be identified. In many cases exposure can take place at a previous place of employment.
If you have an asbestos-related disease you may be able to claim under Queensland or WA law even if:
- You’re no longer working at the same place where you were exposed to the asbestos.
- Your employer doesn’t exist anymore
- You were self-employed or a contractor
- You were employed by more than one organisation
- You suffered second-hand exposure (for example, 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
- Is unknown to you
- Happened more than 50 years ago, interstate or overseas
All compensation claims are different and it will depend on the facts of your personal circumstances as to how much asbestos compensation you can claim.
In most cases under Queensland or WA law, compensation can be available for:
- 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.
In most cases a monetary value is placed on the gap between your life path before the injury or illness, and you actual life path since. All claims are different and how much compensation you receive will depend on a range of factors.
In most cases the insurance company of the employer/person at fault will pay you the asbestos compensation under their policy.
Even if the employer no longer exists it’s still possible to claim compensation under Queensland or WA law.
Under Queensland or WA law you’ll be able to claim for things such as your immediate and future illness, as well as income loss you have now and will have in the future.
In most instances a monetary value is placed on the gap between your life path before the injury, and your life path since the injury.
Under Queensland or WA law, if someone you love has died from an asbestos-related disease, you may be able to claim compensation on behalf of their estate or as a dependent. It depends on your individual situation so it’s best you seek legal help to get advice specific to your situation.
Sometimes it’s possible to speed up an asbestos compensation claim in Queensland or WA 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.
The asbestos compensation legal process in Queensland and WA can be quite complex depending on your case. No two asbestos compensation claims are the same, however the below image gives a good indication of the asbestos claims process in Queensland and WA and how to access compensation. It is possible to speed up asbestos claims so that compensation is received within the sufferers lifetime. In some cases compensation can be obtained within a few months, it just depends on your situation and the facts of your case.
As part of our service offering in Queensland and WA, we work on a No Win No Fee basis and you will only pay our fee if you win your case at the end of the claim.
Your legal costs at the end will depend on the amount of work which was needed to resolve your claim.
Every case is different and depends on the individuals circumstances.
There are no legal time limits under Queensland or WA law for making an asbestos compensation claim.
We recommend that you seek legal advice as soon as possible so you can make sure you are compensated.
Shine Lawyers have offices in the following locations in Queensland and WA. As part of our service offering, home or hospital appointments can be arranged at your convenience.
- Gold Coast
- Hervey Bay
- North Lakes
- Stones Corner
- Sunshine Coast
Shine Lawyers have expert No Win No Fee lawyers that can help you determine your rights and bring forward a claim on your behalf. The below links contain further information regarding your legal options.
Shine Lawyers also have accredited specialists in personal injury law in Queensland: