At least one out of every two Australians will require treatment for a type of skin cancer in their lifetime.
Melanoma disease is the fourth most common type of cancer and is often caused by UV sun exposure. It is a malignant tumour of the melanocytes which are cells that produce the dark pigment, melanin, in our skin. Disease can take many years to develop after sun exposure, sometimes up to 40 years.
To be eligible for compensation in Victoria, your work must be a ‘significant contributing factor’ to the development of melanoma disease or skin cancer. It does not have to be the only cause. This means that if your employment has involved significant sun exposure, then you may have an entitlement to workers’ compensation in relation to your skin cancer diagnosis.
How do I make a claim?
What are my options
If you are able to establish that your work was a ‘significant contributing factor’ to your diagnosis of melanoma disease or skin cancer, you may be able to access multiple levels of compensation.
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