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Asbestos lawyers and compensation claims

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.


Due to restrictions in Queensland (QLD) and Western Australia (WA) we are prohibited from showing people in those states certain information regarding our legal services. If you are located in QLD or WA please click here for information on asbestos compensation.

Asbestos exposure risks

The inhalation of asbestos dust and fibres can result in several asbestos-related diseases that don’t reveal their symptoms until years later. When inhaled, asbestos fibres accumulate within the lungs and 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. If you are suffering from an asbestos-related disease, it’s important to seek legal advice, we highly recommend registering your asbestos exposure in case you need to make a future claim.

Abestos-related diseases

Making an asbestos compensation claim

From navigating the legal process to gathering up the medical evidence required - the asbestos claims process is not always straight forward. There are numerous compensation schemes available with different laws in each state which can make it difficult to know what your next steps should be. 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.

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Want more information on the compensation claims process? Watch our step-by-step guide to compensation below.

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 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
  • Is unknown to you
  • Happened more than 50 years ago, interstate or overseas

Shine Lawyers can help you understand your rights. We know you are probably dealing with numerous health problems without adding complicated legal processes into the mix, so we keep it all really simple and get you the outcome you need.

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 workers compensation scheme for that state.

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.

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


Our offer to you

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Obligation-free initial consultation to assess your case confidentially

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Claim assessment process where we will explain all of the options available to you

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Common Questions

The amount of compensation you receive can vary depending on your circumstances. Once we know more about your situation we should be able to give you an accurate indication of what you could expect in compensation.

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.

All compensation claims are different and it will depend on the facts of your personal circumstances.

Compensation Diagram

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

In most cases the insurance company of the employer/person at fault will compensate you under their policy. Even if the employer no longer exists it’s still possible to claim compensation.

Shine Lawyers and our team of experts can help by finding the employer’s insurer and applying to the court to reinstate the company for the claim.

No two asbestos compensation claims are the same, however the below image gives a good indication of the asbestos claims process and how to access compensation.

When it comes to asbestos claims, this process can be shortened considerably to ensure claims are resolved within the injured persons lifetime. It is possible to speed up the process so that the claims is finalised within a couple of months, it really just depends on your situation.

Claims Process Diagram

We’ll work on a No Win No Fee* basis and you will only pay our fees 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.

*Conditions apply

Strict time limitations apply for asbestos compensation claims, but these differ depending on where your claim is run and what kind of claim is brought. It is important you seek expert legal advice as soon as possible following your diagnosis so you can put the strongest case forward for your claim.

Where you are located isn't necessarily a barrier when it comes to obtaining the services of a lawyer. We're experts when it comes to asbestos related claims and we can help you get the compensation you deserve.

It doesn't matter if you are located close or far away from a Shine Lawyers office - we will always provide the same, expert advice and manage your claim with the same level of quality and commitment.

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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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