I am affected by an asbestos related injury or illness. What can I do?

Asbestos is widely recognised as an occupational health hazard and major cause of human injury and death.  Airborne asbestos fibres which are inhaled or swallowed may remain in the body for decades, and disease can develop many years after first exposure.

The most common asbestos in Australia is white asbestos, but all forms are capable of causing lung cancer, mesothelioma (aggressive 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).

Asbestos manufacture and use today has all but ceased, however it can still be found in:

  • 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.

In the unfortunate event that you or a family member is affected by an asbestos related injury or illness, it is important to get the right advice.  To start the process of claiming compensation you should:

  • Seek medical treatment
  • Speak to a lawyer for independent advice.

Our industry recognised legal experts provide independent, clear and practical guidance and have extensive experience assisting Victorians access compensation.

To speak directly to one of our expert injury lawyers, call (03) 9321 9988.

Your first appointment is free and we offer a ‘No Win, No Fee’ service.


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