Although well-known respiratory diseases, such as asbestosis and mesothelioma, continue to threaten the health and safety of Australians – forgotten industrial lung disease ‘silicosis‘ has returned to prominence, with devastating consequences.

Silicosis is a serious lung disease commonly affecting those working in the stone industry, particularly stonemasons and those manufacturing and finishing stone. There is no cure and no treatments are available.

As with other industrial diseases, the disease may not produce symptoms until a significant period of time has passed. In the case of chronic silicosis, this could be ten to twenty years after exposure. Less commonly diagnosed, ‘acute silicosis’ may develop three to five years after a heavy dust exposure, particularly from being in enclosed spaces.

If you have been diagnosed with silicosis and it was caused by the work you do, you have rights.  Adviceline Injury Lawyers can help.

Bree Knoester is the partner in charge of Adviceline Injury Lawyers’ occupational diseases department is a recognised industry leader.  Alongside Bree is a dedicated team who ensure our client’s receive the highest standard of support and advice throughout the process. 

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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Awards and accolades

Doyle’s Guide

Leading practitioner – Partner, Bree Knoester – Asbestos & Dust Diseases Compensation (2016 & 2018 – 2019).

Recommended law firm – Victorian Asbestos and Dust Diseases Compensation (2016 – 2019).  

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 (2017 – 2020).