A Victorian Government Inquiry found that the increased number of Latrobe Valley deaths can most likely be attributed to the Hazelwood mine fire, which burned for 45 days beginning in February 2014. While the government inquiry did not specify how many or which deaths were caused by exposure to the fire, the findings validate concerns of locals that their health was indeed jeopardised. Adviceline Injury Lawyers welcomes the news that the Andrews Labor Government have reopened the inquiry to improve health outcomes for the Latrobe Valley community. On 21 June 2016, the Labor Government tabled the'Hazelwood Mine Fire Inquiry Implementation Plan' which seeks to deliver all 44 recommendations made in the 2014 report. An investment of more than $80 million by the Labor Government will ensure improvement to community health, coal mining safety and support the rehabilitation of mines going forward. Bree Knoester, managing partner at Adviceline Injury Lawyers, operates our Moe office and specialises in helping people who have developed respiratory illnesses and conditions as a result of industrial or environmental exposure. In addition to the Hazelwood mine disaster, exposure to substances such as asbestos can have a devastating impact on the health of workers and their families. If you or someone you know has developed an illness after being exposed to toxic substances, we invite you to speak with one of our expert injury lawyers on (03) 9321 9988.