Can I claim for asbestos exposure?
If you have an asbestos-related disease after being exposed to asbestos in a public or work environment, you may be able to claim for compensation. You can claim start a compensation claim, even if:
- Your employer is no longer in business
- You are no longer working at the place you were exposed
- You were self-employed or a contractor
- You are (or were) a smoker
- You only suffered from second-hand exposure
You can also apply for asbestos claim compensation even if you were exposed over 50 years ago, if the exposure was not work-related, or if it occurred during home renovations.
- Pleural diseases and pleural plaques
- Lung cancer
- Other occupational dust diseases
- Psychiatric conditions
How long an asbestos compensation claim will take to reach a conclusion depends on a variety of factors, such as the extent of the illness suffered, how easy or difficult it is to prove where the exposure took place, and how long it’s been since the exposure took place. Chatting with a legal professional and explaining your situation will allow them to advise you on how long your claim may take to be settled.
Asbestos-related diseases primarily affect either the respiratory or gastro-intestinal systems. They can include (however are not limited to):
Pleural diseases and pleural plaques
Asbestos claims carry strict time limits, which can be made even more complex by the fact that these time limitations differ from state to state. Generally, the state in which the asbestos exposure occurred will determine where the case is brought forward (and therefore what time limits apply also). However, if a person was exposed in more than one state then legal proceedings can become quite difficult.
These are the general time limitations that apply for asbestos exposure claims in certain Australian states:
New South Wales – No time limits apply
Queensland – Strict six month time limit from the date of diagnosis
Northern Territory – No time limits apply
Western Australia – Three year time limit from time of diagnosis
These time limits are strictly enforced, so it’s wise to get in contact with an asbestos compensation claims expert as soon as possible after you’ve been diagnosed.
At LHD Lawyers we know that when you are ill, the last thing you want to experience is further stress and inconvenience through dealing with complex and lengthy legal procedures. That’s why we pride ourselves on making the process as minimally-impactful and simple as possible.
When you get in contact with our asbestos compensation claims team, we’ll be able to visit you at home or in hospital to make sure we fully understand your history and situation. We’ll also discuss the entitlements and claims process with you to make sure you understand everything. From there, we’ll be able to use the National Asbestos Register to contact other people who may be useful to your claim, so we can build your case and win you the compensation you deserve.
In short, your first port of call for claiming for your asbestos exposure should be to get in contact with LHD Lawyers to discuss your situation.