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.
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.
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.