Asbestos is widely recognised as an occupational health hazard. 

Airborne asbestos fibres which are inhaled or swallowed may remain in the body for decades, and disease can develop many years after first exposure.

Any person exposed to asbestos is at risk of developing an asbestos-related disease.  The most common asbestos in Australia is white asbestos, but all forms are capable of causing lung cancer, mesothelioma (cancer of the lungs, stomach, abdomen or bowel), pleural fibrosis (thickened patch on the lining or pleura of the lung) and asbestosis (scarring of the lungs).

Activities where exposure to asbestos may occur can involve:

  • mining or milling asbestos
  • using products which contain asbestos; i.e. asbestos-cement sheets, roofing and pipes; paints and sealants; brake linings, gaskets and friction products; textiles including felts and curtains; sprayed on sound proofing or fire proofing
  • demolition or repair of buildings, structures or objects which contain asbestos
  • handling, washing or cleaning clothing or equipment contaminated by asbestos fibre.

Our Dust Diseases lawyers can help with a claim for

What are my options?

If you have been diagnosed with an asbestos related disease you may be able to access compensation for:

  • lost income
  • medical expenses, such as:
    • personal and household expenses
    • care and domestic assistance.

You may be able to sue for further compensation due to negligence for "damages".  This refers to pain and suffering; and for lost income and superannuation you would have earnt into the future.


Alan's Story

Alan was exposed to asbestos during the course of his employment as a maintenance worker, and was diagnosed with mesothelioma in June 2015. Partner, and Managing Partner of Adviceline Injury Lawyers, Bree Knoester was able to bring a claim on behalf of Alan and his family which was resolved in a very short period of time.

How do I make a Dust Diseases claim?

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Seek medical treatment

When you visit your doctor, request a full medical assessment including chest x-rays and lung function testing.  It is helpful to tell your doctor or health provider the circumstances of your injury/illness from the first consultation.

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Contact us

Your time is important to us, so when you call (03) 9321 9988 during business hours Monday - Friday, your call will be answered by a lawyer.

We will be able to advise you on your potential rights and entitlements, and offer a free face-to-face meeting at an office closest to you.

Legal services are provided on a No Win No Fee basis.

Meet our Dust Diseases lawyer

Bree Knoester

Managing Partner

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Awards and Accolades

Doyle’s Guide

Leading practitioner

Partner, Bree Knoester

Asbestos & Dust Diseases Compensation (2016 & 2018 – 2019)

Preeminent practitioner

Partner, Bree Knoester

Asbestos & Dust Diseases Compensation (2020)

Recommended law firm

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Victorian Asbestos and Dust Diseases Compensation (2016 – 2020)

Best Lawyers

Lawyer of the Year

Partner, Bree Knoester

Personal Injury Litigation (2020)

Leading practitioner

Partner, Bree Knoester

Personal Injury Litigation (2019-2021)

Global Law Experts

Occupational Disease Law Firm of the Year in Australia

Adviceline Injury Lawyers

2017 – 2020

Corporate INTL

Occupational Disease Law Firm of the Year in Australia

Adviceline Injury Lawyers

2018 – 2021

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