Mesothelioma Compensation Solicitors - Injury Claim Lawyers - Australia Law
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Asbestos related diseases have been recognised for more than a century however it is only since 1991 that the use of asbestos and asbestos products has been outlawed in Australia. Due to the long period of time passing (the latency period) between exposure to asbestos fibres and development of obvious symptoms, which can be as long as 50 years after exposure, it is anticipated that new diagnoses of asbestos related diseases will continue to rise until about the year 2020. Our mesothelioma compensation solicitors deal with all types of asbestos related disease including compensation for asbestosis, pleural disease and asbestos lung cancer with a particular specialism in mesothelioma claim settlements. If you believe that you are suffering from an asbestos related disease we are able to arrange for you to be urgently examined by a medical consultant. We are able to provide detailed legal advice and pursue lung cancer, asbestosis, pleural disease and mesothelioma claims on a no win no fee basis. Our mesothelioma compensation solicitors offer free advice on personal injury claims with no further obligation.
Primary & Secondary Exposure
Asbestos is defined as six minerals including chrysotile, crocidolite, tremolite, anthophyllite, actinolite and amosite otherwise known as ‘blue asbestos’ which occurs abundantly in Australia and was mined across the continent on a vast scale. Asbestos is silicate based and occurs in long, thin, crystalline fibres that lodge in the body following inhalation. Asbestos products were manufactured in abundance from the late 19th century due to their inherent flame retardant and insulation properties ensuring that workers in many occupations were exposed to danger and particularly in Australia this included mine workers involved in extracting the raw material used in the manufacturing process. It is worth noting that the families of workers are also at risk and many of those suffering from secondary exposure have been able to make a lung cancer, asbestosis, pleural disease or mesothelioma claim.
Asbestos Related Diseases
Asbestos related diseases can be divided into four main categories although there are a number of other rare conditions associated with exposure to asbestos fibres. If you have been diagnosed with any of these conditions you should take urgent advice from a solicitor to preserve your legal rights to make a lung cancer, asbestosis, pleural disease or mesothelioma claim : -
This condition is a type of pneumoconiosis the disease that commonly affects coal miners and is caused by the inhalation of microscopic asbestos fibres which irritate and inflame the lungs and restrict the airways causing chronic shortage of breath which may put pressure on the heart causing respiratory failure resulting in the death of the victim.
This is a form of cancer of the membrane called the mesothelium which lines many of the internal organs of the body. It is most commonly found in the pleura which is the lining of the lungs, in the peritoneum around the abdominal cavity and in the pericardium which protects the heart. The symptoms include shortage of breath and weight loss. Diagnosis is by scans and biopsy and the long term prognosis for those with the disease is poor. This form of asbestos related disease causes the greatest personal and social hardships and as a result our mesothelioma compensation solicitors have a particular interest in dealing with these claims.
This description can include pleural plaques or diffuse pleural thickening which are areas of scar tissue that develop on the lung as a result of long-term exposure to inhalable asbestos. Pleural disease is often a precursor to asbestosis however those suffering from pleural plaques or diffuse pleural thickening may have no symptoms of any consequence and may nor develop any other more serious asbestos related disease.
Malignant Lung Cancer
This carcinoma may be a consequence of being exposed to inhalable asbestos especially amongst those who smoke cigarettes who suffer from a much higher incidence of lung cancer than those who work in the industry who don't smoke or those who smoke and have no contact with asbestos.
Occupations at Risk
We are able to pursue lung cancer, asbestosis, pleural disease and mesothelioma claims on behalf of both workers and their close family members who are also at risk due to secondary exposure. Those most at risk of contracting an asbestos related disease include the following groups :-
Miners & Mineral Extraction Operatives
Thousands of miners and their families are at risk due to excessive exposure over long periods especially in former asbestos mining towns some of which have been abandoned due to inherent risk.
Asbestos Processors and Factory Operatives
Those who worked in factories that processed raw asbestos into consumer products may be at high risk of suffering from an asbestos related disease as are many of those who lived in the vicinity of asbestos manufacturing plants where asbestos fibres were released in volume into the atmosphere.
Boilermakers & Laggers
Boilers were insulated using asbestos material for decades and these two groups of workers often worked side by side both in manufacture and repair of boilers often in confined spaces.
An electrician’s job often involved the necessity of working alongside laggers and required high speed drilling through asbestos products thereby releasing inhalable asbestos into the atmosphere.
Joiners & Builders
These trade have often found it necessary to saw, cut, drill and fix asbestos cement board used as insulation and for partitioning industrial space thereby becoming exposed to asbestos fibres.
Motor vehicles used to use asbestos in brake pads and clutches which produced fine asbestos dust with wear and tear.
Pipe fitters & Plumbers
These tradesmen work with laggers installing pipe work that was often required to be insulated using asbestos products. In addition it was often necessary to cut through asbestos cement partitions to allow passage of pipe work thereby releasing dangerous dust and fibres.
Damages that can be awarded in lung cancer, asbestosis, pleural disease or mesothelioma claims to either the victim or to the victims family and dependants may include the following items :-
- pain & suffering
- loss of past & future wages
- loss of lifestyle
- loss of life expectancy
- loss of pension rights
- cost of care
- special equipment
- general expenses
Due to the long latency period between exposure and the development of symptoms, time does not start to run until a positive diagnosis has been made or should have been made had the victim used reasonable diligence. In most circumstances a claim should be made within three years of a positive diagnosis of the condition by a medical practitioner. Failure to either settle the claim or issue proceedings in a court of law within the primary limitation period may mean that the opportunity to claim compensation is lost forever. There are some exceptions to the primary limitation period and the court does have a general discretion to waive the time limitations.
Mesothelioma Compensation Solicitors
If you have been recently diagnosed as suffering from an asbestos related disease or if you are a close relative or dependent of someone who has died from this disease we are able to offer sympathetic legal advice at a very difficult time. There are time limits and you should not delay taking legal advice or the opportunity to claim compensation may be lost forever. If you would like more information about lung cancer, asbestosis, pleural disease or mesothelioma compensation claims just complete the contact form or email us and a mesothelioma compensation solicitor will speak to you on the telephone with no charge and no further obligation.
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