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What is Asbestosis?

Asbestosis is a chronic lung disease caused by inhaling asbestos fibres. These fibres are retained within the lungs causing scarring. This scarring can lead to long term complications with respiratory functions. At this time, there is no known cure for asbestosis.

Asbestosis occurs after long-term exposure to asbestos, a fibre that has been used in the past in many building and construction materials. People who have worked with asbestos are most at risk of having asbestosis.

Asbestosis symptoms

Symptoms of asbestosis are usually noticeable after many decades from the time of exposure to asbestos. Since asbestosis is a lung disease, symptoms mostly appear around the respiratory system in the chest and throat.

Asbestosis symptoms include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Increased breathlessness during exercise
  • Chest pain
  • Clubbing of the fingertips
  • Coughing
  • Crackling sounds during breathing
  • Blood in sputum

Treatment for Asbestosis

Medication and breathing treatments are available to treat asbestosis; however there is currently no cure. Asbestosis treatments can relieve symptoms and provide pain relief to help those affect live longer lives after diagnosis. In some cases surgery may be recommended to treat asbestosis symptoms. Extreme cases of asbestosis can result in a lung transplant.

Asbestosis diagnosis

Diagnosis of asbestosis is difficult because the symptoms can take so long to appear. A visit to your local doctor is just the start of the diagnostic process. You may be recommended to a specialist such as an oncologist and be required to undergo X-rays and CT scans. If you have been exposed to asbestos and you’re attributing some of the symptoms above, make an appointment to see your doctor.

Asbestosis compensation lawyers

If you have already been diagnosed with asbestosis, you may be entitled to make a compensation claim. Compensation can help improve the quality of your life by making it easier to reach the medical support you need.

Shine Lawyers have expert asbestos compensation lawyers who are available for an obligation-free consultation. Our nation-wide Asbestos Register is available if you believe you have come into contact with asbestos, no matter how recently. Registration is free of charge and will assist in bringing a compensation claim if your condition worsens.

For more information on how to bring a legal claim for compensation, see our simple, step-by-step guide below.

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Common Questions

Asbestosis is a chronic lung disease which results from the inhalation of asbestos particles. It’s characterised by a scarring of lung tissues, which leads to long-term breathing complications that can be fatal. At this point the disease does not have a cure.

Asbestosis is caused by exposure to asbestos. A fibre that has been used in the past in many building and construction materials. Inhalation of the dangerous fibres over a prolonged period of time can lead to an accumulation of the fibres in lung tissues, which ultimately can lead to long term fibrosis or scarring.

Shine Lawyers are Asbestosis compensation claim experts that can help you determine your rights and bring about a claim on your behalf. The below image is a good representation of how someone can move through the Asbestosis claims process, however usually over a much shorter time frame.

Similarly to Mesothelioma claims, Asbestosis claims can be resolved quicker than normal claims to ensure compensation is received during the sufferer’s lifetime. It depends on your situation, so it’s best to seek legal help as soon as possible.

Claims Process Diagram

Asbestosis claims are not like many other personal injury law cases.

It’s possible you may be able to claim compensation even if:

  • You don't work at the place where you were exposed to the asbestos anymore
  • You were a contractor on the site that you were exposed
  • You were self-employed on the site that you were exposed
  • You suffered second-hand exposure
  • The employer you worked for is no longer in business
  • You are, or ever were, a smoker

You may also be entitled to Asbestosis compensation in the event that:

  • The asbestos exposure was not work related
  • The asbestos exposure is not known by you
  • The asbestos exposure happened during home renovations
  • The asbestos exposure happened more than 50 years ago, interstate or overseas

To safeguard your rights and to ensure the opportunity to claim is not missed, it’s important you seek legal help from an Asbestosis compensation lawyer as soon as possible.

The law surrounding asbestosis in Australia can be extremely complex. It’s important you seek expert legal help to ensure you recover your full entitlements.

Shine Lawyers are expert Asbestosis lawyers that can help you bring forward a claim. As part of the process it is important that your lawyer documents the facts of your particular situation and builds a case that takes into account the full effect your condition is having on your life.

As part of the Shine Lawyers service offering, all Asbestosis services are provided on a No Win No Fee basis, which means you won’t have to pay any of our legal fees unless we win your case at the end.

As part of our service offering, all Asbestosis compensation claims are undertaken on a No Win No Fee* basis, which means that you won’t have to pay our legal fees unless we win your claim at the end.

It’s important to note that even if the employer doesn’t exist as an entity any more, it’s still possible to make a claim for compensation.

*Conditions apply

When it comes to compensation for your condition, it’s typically the insurance company of the employer/ person at fault that will be the ones that pay you the compensation as per their policy should you win your case.

The person directly responsible for what happened don’t pay out of their own pocket towards compensation you receive.

It’s important to note that even if the employer doesn’t exist as an entity any more, it’s still possible to make a claim.

Every situation is different and no two Asbestosis compensation claims are the same.

But generally speaking you can recover compensation for:

  • Past and future medical expenses
  • Past and future loss of earnings
  • Home nursing and help (paid or unpaid)
  • Drugs and medical treatment
  • Pain and suffering
  • Payment for loss of life expectancy

How much compensation you receive varies depending on the individual facts of your situation. A lawyer will be able to give you a really good idea of how much you can expect once they know a little bit more about your case.

Shine Lawyers are expert Asbestosis lawyers and can help you find out your rights and how much compensation you could be entitled to.

When it comes to calculating your Asbestosis compensation, in most cases a monetary value is placed on the gap between your predicted life path before the diagnosis, and your actual life path since.

Compensation Diagram

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.

How long an Asbestosis compensation claim takes really depends on the facts of your situation. Some cases can be more complicated than others, which require more work and more time to complete.

With Asbestosis compensation claims – it’s possible to speed up the claims process significantly so that the claim is finalised in the sufferer’s lifetime. In the past, claims have been able to be finalised within a few weeks or months – it just depends on your situation.

Where you are located isn’t necessarily a barrier when it comes to obtaining the services of an Asbestosis lawyer. It doesn’t matter if you are located close or far away from a Shine Lawyers office – as part of our service offering we offer home visits or hospital appointments at your convenience.

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Shine Lawyers are expert Asbestosis lawyers that can advise you on your rights, and help you bring about a claim for compensation. Click on the links below for further information about us.

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