Asbestos & DustDiseases

Asbestos & DustDiseases

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral which is made up of fine, durable fibres which are resistant to heat, fire and many chemicals. Asbestos was used for many different purposes including building materials, fireproof vests and in home or commercial construction.

WHAT ARE YOU ABLE TO CLAIM?

A claim can be made with the Dust Disease Board and/or the Dust Disease Tribunal.

You are entitled to make a claim upon the Dust Disease Board provided that you:

  1. Were exposed to dust, such as asbestos or sor silica while employed in New South Wales.
  2. Have contracted a nominated disease such as asbestosis or mesothelioma.

Should you meet the above criteria you may be entitled to weekly payments of compensation for your loss of wages and have all of your related medical expenses paid for.

Additionally you are entitled to make a claim upon the Dust Disease Tribunal for lump sum compensation. In order to do so you need to establish that one or more of your employers or manufacturers of asbestos products were negligent and that as a consequence of that negligence you now suffer from the dust disease.

If you are awarded a lump sum of damages from the Tribunal your rights to weekly compensation and medical expenses from the Dust Diseases Board continues.

ARE YOU ELIGIBLE TO MAKE A CLAIM?

Those who have been exposed to asbestos may develop a dust disease. The gap between exposure and the first appearance of symptoms can range between 10 and 50 years.

Various lung conditions that can be traced directly to asbestos exposure include:

  • Asbestosis
  • Mesothelioma
  • Silicosis
  • Asbestos related Pleural Plaques disease
  • Asbestos related lung cancer
  • Coal Dust

WHEN SHOULD YOU CONSULT A LAWYER ABOUT MAKING A CLAIM?

If you have been informed by your doctor that you have asbestos in your lungs you should contact us so that we can investigate the matter further

WHAT IS YOUR NEXT STEP?

To make a claim in the Dust Disease Board an “Application for past or present worker for workers compensation benefits” is required to be completed and lodged with the Board.

Brydens Lawyers are the experts in prosecution of dust diseases claims particularly for asbestos and mesothelioma.

WHY ARE BRYDEN’S LAWYERS THE RIGHT REPRESENTATION FOR YOU?

We have represented many clients who have been diagnosed with asbestosis. We are here to assist you in completing the application to be lodged with the dust diseases board (ICare) and to investigate if you have further entitlements in the dust disease tribunal.

WE DO WORKERS COMPENSATION LAW WELL. HERE ARE SOME EXAMPLES:

A client worked for James Hardie and was exposed to asbestos dust for many years. He was diagnoses with pleural plaques. We were able to get him weekly payments from the dust disease board as well as prosecute a claim against James Hardie in the Dust Disease Tribunal.

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