Exposure to Asbestos can result in a range of different respiratory diseases – many of these can take decades to impact your health and to begin showing symptoms.
When symptoms do present, it can be a swift process which may leave you quite unwell and possibly unable to work.
Asbestos claims can be complex, so it’s important to talk to one of our expert asbestos claims lawyers quickly so that you can understand your options.
Asbestos is a carcinogen, which was popular in building products in Australia up until the late 80s. The various types of asbestos started to be banned from the 1970s and all asbestos was banned from use by 2003.
Unfortunately, while the product’s use has been banned, its affects are still prominent in Queensland. This is due to the fact that there can be a very long (upwards of 20 years in some cases) incubation period before an illness presents.
Asbestos materials are also still present in many older buildings and homes, which unfortunately means new cases of exposure are still occurring when the materials are disturbed.
Due to its carcinogenic nature, asbestos can result in a number of different respiratory diseases, including cancer of the plural lung lining, known as mesothelioma. If you are looking for advice specific to a mesothelioma claim, you can find that here.
In the event of a asbestos related illness, your finances can be one of your biggest concerns – especially if you are unable to work. That’s why it’s comforting to know that all our claims (yours included) are run under our No Win, No Fee, No Problems Guarantee.
Asbestos Compensation Claim Process Brisbane, QLD
If you are suffering from respiratory issues, the most important first step is to seek medical treatment and advice.
Due to the serious nature of some asbestos-related respiratory claims, it could be the case that you have already received medical treatment and advice which has linked the cause of your illness back to asbestos exposure. This is often the case with asbestos related illnesses, as they can take many years to present symptoms.
Once you have received medical treatment, and likely an ongoing treatment plan, it’s important to talk to one of our expert asbestos lawyers as soon as is reasonably possible.
Asbestos claims are typically impacted by different timeframes then normal compensation claims due to the nature of asbestos-related illnesses – their incubation period is often decades long. Your expert asbestos lawyer can discuss this with you and ensure you understand any time restrictions.
If your exposure occurred at work, you may be on WorkCover benefits. It’s important to note that these benefits will eventually cease and you may be made a one-off lump sum offer.
It’s vitally important that before you accept any offer from WorkCover, you discuss your claim with an expert lawyer. Once you accept a lump-sum offer from WorkCover, you will never be able to make a Common Law compensation claim for the same injury.
Unfortunately, asbestos-related illnesses can be fatal, and in this instance you may be looking for advice in regards to a loss of dependency claim. When you are ready to progress down this avenue, our expert team can help.
If you would like free, confidential advice about an asbestos claim, you can call and talk to one of our expert team today.
Calculating Asbestos Claims Compensation in Brisbane, QLD
Asbestos claim compensation varies for each individual, depending on their illness and its severity. As with most forms of injury or illness compensation, the money you receive looks to compensate you for the loss you have suffered, due to your illness.
Compensation includes for a number of key areas, including: pain and suffering, past and future economic loss and superannuation, past and future medical and pharmaceutical costs, past and future care and rehabilitation needs, as well as medical aids, such as breathing apparatus.
Your expert asbestos lawyer will talk you through all the different components that could play a role in your final compensation.
It’s important to note that no lawyer will be able to give you an accurate compensation estimate at the beginning of your claim – as they need specialist medical evidence and reports to establish the overall impact of your illness upon your life, and what this looks like in financial terms.
Mobile Asbestos Lawyers: We Come to You!
Need a Free Case Review? We come to you, no matter where you are in Queensland.
We understand that you are likely in ongoing pain and struggling with the daily challenges of life post-diagnosis. To ensure the entire legal process is as stress-free as possible, our lawyers will always happily come to you – either at the hospital, your home or a local café – wherever is easiest for you.
If you prefer to meet in one of our offices, you are always welcome at our head office in Brisbane CBD or you and your lawyer can arrange an appointment at one of our many visited offices.