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Asbestosis and mesothelioma – claiming for negligence

Australian Accident Helpline

Serious injuries team

If you have been afflicted by asbestos inhalation, mesothelioma or any other asbestos-related diseases we can help you make a successful asbestos negligence claim.

Australian Accident Helpline exists to assist in lodging successful asbestos claims and gain those struck down by asbestos poisoning the compensation they deserve.

If you want to speak to one of our specialist personal injury lawyers about making an asbestosis or asbestos exposure claims, call us for free on 1800 106 107 for a no obligation chat with one of our team today.

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What is asbestos?

What is asbestos?

Asbestos is a type of silicate mineral, grouped together as fibres. Asbestos was used in ancient times to construct utensils. In Australia, construction companies used asbestos in buildings as a type of insulation.

Asbestos was banned by the government in 2003.

There are six types of asbestos:

Chrysotile: Chrysotile is the most common type of asbestos. Chrysotile accounts for about 90 percent of commercially-used asbestos.

Amosite: Amosite asbestos contains iron and magnesium, and was most commonly used in insulation products.

Crocidolite: Crocidolite is considered to be the most dangerous type of asbestos because of its physical properties.

Tremolite: Tremolite was never mined or used commercially on its own, but it can be found contaminating other minerals such as chrysotile, vermiculite and talc.

Anthophyllite: Like tremolite asbestos, anthophyllite minerals wasn’t mined for commercial use, but found its way into products made with vermiculite and talc.

Actinolite: Actinolite asbestos is often found as a contaminant within other commercial asbestos products. It is found in paints, sealants, children’s toys, and more.

All the six types of asbestos listed above are hazardous to human health.

Prolonged inhalation of the small fibres inflames the lungs, leading to asbestosis or mesothelioma. These diseases can often be debilitating, even fatal.

According to Safe Work Australia asbestos was once used in more than 3,000 different products including fibro, flue pipes, drains, roofs and gutters.

Even products such as brakes, clutches and gaskets contained asbestos.

 

Explaining Asbestosis

Explaining Asbestosis

Asbestosis is a chronic inflammatory and scarring disease caused by breathing in asbestos fibres over time.

When asbestos is disturbed or deteriorating, it happens to release small particles and fibres into the air.

Working with asbestos and inhaling loose particles scars the lungs can cause serious long-term injuries that can lead to death.

Inhaled asbestos could also cause your immune system to work against these foreign particles.

However, your immune system is not effective against asbestos fibres and increases inflammation.

Increased inflammation (C-reactive protein) is a marker for heightened likelihood of cancer formation.

Instead of breaking down the asbestos particles, your immune system causes lumps or masses, not unlike a tumour or cancer, which could lead to chest problems and a shortness of breath (dyspnea.)

Unfortunately, if you develop asbestosis you are also more prone to develop lung cancer and mesothelioma.

If you have lost someone you love due to an asbestos-related disease, we might be able to help you claim compensation on their behalf.

Symptoms of asbestosis

Symptoms of asbestosis

If you’re suffering from asbestosis, we know that your symptoms might have forced some changes to your living habits.

If you are experiencing some of the following symptoms we’ve listed below, and haven’t yet seen a medical professional, we recommend you contact one immediately.

If your doctor has diagnosed you with asbestosis, and you believe the cause to be because of external negligence, such as your landlord or employer, we can help you claim compensation.

If you’re suffering from asbestosis, your symptoms may include:

  • Shortness of breath (dyspnea) – that progressively gets worse over time
  • Tightness in your chest – or chest pains
  • Mesothelioma
  • A persistent cough – or wheezing
  • Extreme fatigue

Asbestosis symptoms are similar to lung cancer and mesothelioma.

A mesothelioma is a form of cancer caused by inhaling asbestos. However, mesothelioma isn’t the same as asbestosis.

Mesothelioma can be caused by any quantity of asbestos exposure.

How do I know that I’m able to make an asbestos claim?

How do I know that I’m able to make an asbestos claim?

The best way to find out whether you can make a mesothelioma claim is by contacting our free personal injury helpline on 1800 106 107.

We’ll ask you some questions about your asbestosis to make a determination about your entitlements.

You’re under no obligations to make a claim with us during your call. However, if we do believe you have an asbestosis claim, we will ask if you’d like to proceed with your claim and connect you with a specialist mesothelioma lawyer during your call.

Find out how much compensation you could be entitled to by using our compensation calculator.

Work-related asbestosis claims

Work-related asbestosis claims

If you’re suffering from asbestosis, and it’s associated with your work, your asbestosis is classified as an “occupational lung disease.” Such diseases will entitle you to claim compensation.

If you are employed in the mining sector, engineering, or construction, you may be in frequent contact with asbestos as part of your daily work routine.

If you have asbestosis due to your employment, even if it’s known as an “occupational hazard,” this may reveal negligence by your employer.

If you can prove your employer is at fault for your illness, perhaps because they have failed to provide the correct training, personal protective equipment or other safeguards, then you should be able to claim compensation for your condition.

If you are still under employment by the business responsible for your safety during your time of asbestos exposure, rest assured that you are legally protected from dismissal or recrimination.

Visit our work accident claims page to learn more about claiming compensation against an employer.

Even if you were exposed to asbestos years ago, we may still be able to assist.

Ask us about the statute of limitations on asbestos claims by calling 1800 106 107.

Contact us today and find out if you can claim asbestosis compensation.

We know that living with asbestosis is disruptive and uncomfortable. It wasn’t your choice to develop and live with this chronic illness and its deleterious effects on you and those around you.

If we can help, you could be speaking to your specialist personal injury lawyer in a matter of hours regarding your compensation.

They will also let you know if you can make a “no win, no fee” claim for your injuries.

If you prefer, you can leave us your details online for a callback.

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