Health hazards and the bushfire season

Friday 6 December 2019
Lauren Freeman

Bushfires not only destroy property but can endanger lives and put people at risk of serious injury.

Emergency services volunteers are able to lodge WorkCover claims in Victoria if they suffer an injury in the course of their duties.  Adviceline Injury Lawyers has assisted CFA volunteers seek compensation in circumstances where their injuries have caused an incapacity for work and/or a need for medical treatment.

Risk of injury is not limited to fighting fires.  The clean up involved after a property has been destroyed or damaged by fire can also be hazardous.  Buildings may no longer be structurally sound and be unsafe to walk in or around.  Older homes may also contain asbestos products, such as asbestos roofing or asbestos sheets in the walls.  Fire damage creates a serious risk of exposure to asbestos dust, which can lead to asbestos related diseases.

Safety precautions should be taken in any clean up that may expose you to asbestos, and if in doubt you should contact your local Council for advice.

If you or someone you know has developed a respiratory condition as an outcome of exposure to toxic substances, call one of our lawyers on (03) 9321 9988 for advice about your possible entitlements.

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