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Asbestos Related Disease Solicitors - Personal Injury Compensation - Australia

LAWYER HELPLINE: 1800 339 958

Asbestos related diseases have been recognised for more than a century however it is only relatively recently 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 after the year 2020. Our asbestos disease solicitors deal with pleural disease and asbestos lung cancer with a particular specialism in mesothelioma and asbestosis compensation 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 solicitors legal advice and pursue lung cancer, asbestosis, pleural disease and mesothelioma claims on a no win no fee basis. Our asbestos disease solicitors offer advice at no cost on personal injury compensation claims with no further obligation.

Exposure to Asbestos

Asbestos is a type of fibre used in the heating, air conditioning and insulation industry. For many years, workers were exposed to asbestos and breathed in the thin microscopic fibres which come when the mineral is broken down. It was also used in the automotive industries, naval shipyard industries and construction work. Millions of workers and their families were exposed to the fibre.

By the 1970s, it was found that the fibres become trapped in the workers lungs and cannot be coughed out. In the lungs, inflammation set in and a variety of illnesses evolved out of asbestos exposure. Perhaps the worst was mesothelioma, a type of lung cancer that doesn't show up for many decades after exposure to asbestos but is relatively specific to asbestos exposure.

The major illnesses that come out of asbestos exposure include "asbestosis", which is when the lining and major tissues of the lungs become inflamed so that you become chronically short of breath and have a chronic cough. You can also get mesothelioma, as mentioned above, or other types of lung cancer. Other problems related to exposure to asbestos are "pleural plaques", membrane thickening and fluid around the lungs, called pleural effusions.

Asbestos exposure is something you can get at work, within the community or at home. If you're the wife of a construction worker and he brings home clothing covered in asbestos, you can get asbestosis or other severe disease linked to asbestos inhalation. People living near asbestos mines are more than likely to get an asbestos-related disease. It has been used in mining and in commercial uses since the mid 1800s and, because it was flame-proof, it was used in brake shoes, clutch pads, insulation, floor and ceiling tiles, paints, adhesives, vermiculite and even in some types of crayons.

Interestingly, because the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York were built before asbestos was banned for many uses, when they were destroyed, hundreds of tons of asbestos was released into the air and many people and workers were exposed to the mineral. This means that in a few decades, there may be an increase in mesothelioma cases and lung disease in citizens of New York.

When it comes to asbestos exposure, there are a number of factors that play into who gets disease from it and who doesn't. They include:-

  • The length of exposure.
  • The amount of exposure.
  • The size and shape of asbestos fibres.
  • If there are other lung diseases present.
  • If the person was a smoker.

There are two kinds of asbestos fibres that are associated with lung disease. The amphibole fibres are longer and more durable than chrysotile fibres, which are curly. The amphibole fibres are considered worse for the lungs than the curly chrysotile fibres.

Most cases of asbestos-related cancers take years to show up. In fact a minimum of 15 years post-exposure is required in order to expect the possibility of lung disease from asbestos exposure. It takes even longer with asbestos exposure and mesothelioma - about 30 years or more.

LAWYER HELPLINE: 1800 339 958