Asbestos Exposure – Claiming Compensation in Western Australia
According to the Australian Mesothelioma Registry, 641 Australians died from mesothelioma in 2014. This is despite the government banning asbestos for use in construction since the 1980s.
Asbestos inhalation causes many diseases, including asbestosis, mesothelioma and lung cancer.
The illness or death of a loved one due to asbestosis can tear families apart. This may cause uncertainty over finances if that person earned a majority of the household income.
You may also feel the pinch of medical bills, mortgage repayments and other obligations that leave you out of pocket.
Lawyers Direct can help you claim compensation if you or a loved one has fallen ill, or died from asbestos-related illness.
We deal all types of Asbestos claims on a No Win No Fee basis, which means you won’t be out of pocket if your claim is unsuccessful.
Your lawyer will notify you if your case qualifies for a ‘no win, no fee’ arrangement.
Call us for free on 1300 106 107 for a free assessment by one of our qualified specialists in asbestos and asbestosis-related claims.
What is asbestos?
Asbestos is a mineral mined heavily in the 1930s and 1970s, for use in construction and manufacturing.
Doctors and scientists found that asbestos is a carcinogen (cancer-causing) substance as the fibres irritate and inflame the lungs, causing many debilitating diseases.
In the 1980s, the government banned the use of asbestos in almost all its forms. Asbestos is both strong and durable. Many companies used asbestos in roofing, tiles, and ceilings. Businesses and homeowners have replaced any asbestos insulation with modern, non-toxic alternatives since.
Homes or businesses with asbestos are “quarantined” until the asbestos is carefully removed and it is considered habitable and safe.
Construction workers, tradespeople and the manufacturers of asbestos insulation may have been exposed to asbestos without knowing the risks involved.
Residents close to an asbestos factory may also have been exposed to asbestos.
If you believe you have been exposed to asbestos, you may be eligible to make a claim for compensation.
Occupational exposure to asbestos
If you’re suffering from asbestosis due to exposure at work, medical professionals classify this as an “occupational lung disease.”
If you work, or worked, in in mining, engineering, or construction, you might be exposed to asbestos on a daily basis. This breaches not only the law, but also your employer’s duty of care to all employees.
Employers that breach their duty of care to provide a safe working environment is considered negligent. If you are sick due to carelessness and negligence, you are entitled to make a claim for compensation.
If you are unsure about making a claim against your boss, don’t worry. We don’t target the company you work for; we lodge a claim against your insurance company, who must cover instances of workplace negligence.
If your employer treats you unfairly due to the claim, you can launch further legal action against workplace discrimination.
To discuss your rights and what you may be entitled to if you’re ill with asbestosis or an asbestos related illness, call Lawyers Direct on 1300 106 107. One of our friendly advisors will tell you if you’re able to make a claim for compensation, and if it qualifies for our No Win No Fee arrangement.
Asbestos illnesses and compensation
You can claim compensation for Asbestos related diseases that inhibit your quality of life, such as:
- Shortness of breath (dyspnea) that progressively gets worse overtime
- Tightness in your chest or chest pains
- A persistent cough or wheezing
- Extreme fatigue
- Lung cancer
Living with an asbestos condition can cause a loss of income through being unable to work, compounded by medical and rehabilitation bills. Carers may also be out of pocket due to your condition.
If you suspect you have asbestos exposure, you should consult a doctor immediately. This will help your case for compensation.
Even if the business you intend to claim against is no longer in business, we can help you lodge a claim against the insurance company.
To find out if we can deal with your Asbestos claim as a ‘No Win No Fee’ arrangement, call us for free on 1300 106 107. Your call is confidential and there’s no obligation to proceed.