Most Australians have been exposed to asbestos at some stage in their life. However, not all exposure to asbestos results in an asbestos related injury or illness. It depends on the frequency and intensity of your exposure to asbestos dust and fibres. Importantly, it can take between 10 to 40 years or more before an injury or illness is diagnosed. People seeking legal advice will most likely fall within one of three broad categories, called waves . Those who worked with the big asbestos manufacturers like James Hardie and others were among the first sufferers of asbestos diseases and are called the first wave. Next, tradesmen and workers who used the products were the second wave of sufferers who have contracted asbestos related diseases. This include electricians, plumbers and construction workers. It also includes partners that came into contact with asbestos domestically, such as when washing work clothes. In recent times, the focus has been on the third wave . This refers to home renovators who are uncovering asbestos used in homes built between the 1950s to 1970s. In Victoria, a person may be entitled to compensation if they are diagnosed with one of the following asbestos related conditions:
- asbestos-related pleural disease;
- asbestos induced carcinoma (lung cancer); or
Typically, Adviceline clients have been diagnosed with one of these conditions and a doctor or family member has advised to seek legal advice. We have a dedicated team handling our asbestos matters to ensure our client's receive the highest standard of support and advice throughout the process. We acknowledge litigation is inherently stressful so we make ourselves readily accessible to put our client's at ease when questions arise. If you have been exposed to asbestos, it's important to get the right advice. To book your free appointment, call our Adviceline on (03) 9321 9988.