Crystalline silica has recently re-emerged as an occupational health hazard.

Any person exposed to silica dust is at risk of developing an injury or disease such as "silicosis".

Silicosis is caused by the inhalation of silica dust, a mineral present in products used across multiple industries and workplaces.  The disease occurs as a result of prolonged exposure to silica dust.

Other conditions which may develop from silica exposure include:

  • silicosis - irreversible stiffening of the lungs
  • lung cancer
  • chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • kidney disease.

Silica containing products include:

  • manufactured solid stone products such as composite (engineered) stone benchtops
  • asphalt, cement, mortar and grout
  • concrete, concrete blocks and fibre cement products
  • brick, drywall and some plasterboards
  • pavers and tiles including roof tiles.

Activities where exposure to respirable crystalline silica may occur can involve:

  • stone benchtop manufacturing, finishing and installation industries
  • pottery making and ceramics work
  • clearing dust debris
  • sandblasters 
  • tunnellers
  • quarry workers
  • foundry workers.


Our Dust Diseases lawyers can help with a claim for

What are my options?

If you have been diagnosed with an silica dust 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.


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.

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.

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