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Silicosis Compensation New South Wales and Victoria

Are you or a loved one suffering from silicosis as a result of silica exposure in the workplace? Shine Lawyers can assist you to make a silicosis compensation claim.


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 silicosis compensation.

What is silicosis?

Silicosis is a lung disease caused by breathing in tiny particles of silica dust. Silica dust is a mineral found in the earth’s crust and is contained in materials such as quartz, sand, stone, granite and brick among others. The disease causes scarring, swelling and fluid build-up in the lungs that interferes with a person’s ability to breathe and can advance to progressive massive fibrosis, with life-threatening consequences. Silicosis has no cure.

Industries where workers may be at risk of exposure to silica include:

  • Mining
  • Construction work
  • Engineering
  • Stonemasonry

This is not a comprehensive list and exposure to silica dust can be encountered in other industries. If your work involves the below, you may have been exposed to silica dust and should register your exposure in case you develop silicosis or another lung disease in the future. This will help us to support you to claim compensation.

  • breaking, crushing, grinding or milling material containing silica dust
  • sandblasting or casting
  • paving, surfacing or cement finishing
  • bricklaying
  • demolition work
  • road construction
  • stonemasonry
  • mineral ore-treating processes
  • manufacture of glass, ceramics, brick, concrete, tile, metals or machinery.

Register your exposure to silicosis

Exposure to silica can take years or even decades to develop to the point where obvious symptoms of silicosis arise. Strict time limits can apply for bringing silicosis claims, so it is important to seek legal advice as quickly as possible upon diagnosis and to record the details of your silica exposure - this will assist to support a claim for compensation.

Silicosis claim process

  1. Document your exposure - if you know that you have been exposed to silica dust, either at work or in a non-occupational setting, document your exposure using our silicosis register, or by using the form below. This will help us to support your claim if you are diagnosed at a later date.
  2. Suspect you are ill? See your doctor - be explicit about the industry that you work in and what your concerns are as some diseases will not turn up on initial scans.
  3. Receive diagnosis? Request a medical certificate from your doctor.
  4. Contact Shine Lawyers and speak with an expert silicosis lawyer as quickly as possible as strict time limits apply.
  5. We will support you to make a claim for compensation and can help to speed up the legal process. We can investigate and bring negligence claims against the entities responsible for your injuries. We can also assist you with accessing statutory entitlements, such as workers compensation if you were a worker when you were exposed and superannuation benefits if you are unable to work because of your condition.
  6. We’re on your side and offer our services with a no win, no fee guarantee, meaning that you don’t pay for our legal services unless we are successful.

Making a silicosis compensation claim

Workers who develop silicosis or other dust diseases in the workplace may be able to claim compensation for their injuries. We have expert silicosis lawyers who work on a No Win No Fee* basis. Contact us to discuss your claim.

If you are unable to meet with one of our specialist lawyers face-to-face, we can easily convene with you remotely by way of telephone or video conference to take instructions and advise.

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


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Common Questions

Every claim is different and the length of time it takes to complete your claim will depend on your specific situation. In situations where the claim may be terminal, there may be avenues to fast track your claim. Our silicosis lawyers can provide you with advice on this matter specific to your situation. Contact us today to find out more.

Yes, in some circumstances a claim can still be investigated and brought if the employer is no longer in existence or if you are no longer employed by the business where you were exposed. Our silicosis lawyers can provide you with advice on this matter specific to your circumstances.

In certain circumstances it may be possible to bring a claim for compensation on the behalf of dependants of people who are impacted by silicosis. We can provide you with advice on this matter specific to your situation. Contact us today to find out more.

Yes, in certain circumstances it may be open for you to obtain compensation additional to that received from a workers compensation scheme. Our silicosis lawyers can provide you with advice on this matter specific to your situation.

The majority of claims settle outside of court. If your claim does reach the point of going to court or trial, we will guide you through every step of the way to help you get the compensation you are entitled to.

Strict time limits can apply for the bringing of both statutory claims and a court claim. If you have been diagnosed with silicosis and wish to claim compensation, it is important to seek legal advice immediately to avoid the claim falling foul of applicable time limitations.

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 silicosis 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.

Our compensation experts are in the following locations:

Shine Lawyers are one of the biggest personal injury and silicosis 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 silicosis 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 at the end.

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