Asbestos Awareness Week runs from November 23 to 29, the theme for 2020 is “Asbestos lurks in more places than you’d think.” Below we take a look at the potential risk of developing a “third wave” asbestos-related disease.
The prevalence of asbestos throughout the building and home renovation industry throughout the 1900s up until the 1980s was widespread. Asbestos fibre was used in all kinds of things like pipe, guttering, roofing and insulation throughout the home. As a result, there is a real concern throughout the legal and medical worlds of a third-wave of asbestos disease sufferers from DIY home renovations, unknowingly exposing themselves to the dire harms of asbestos.
Today many of our enquiries are from concerned residents living in homes where asbestos is still present in fibro or the like and they and family members are being exposed to dust. Unfortunately, until a dust-related lung condition is diagnosed there is little we can do to assist in regards to claiming compensation.
If you or a loved one believes you are being exposed to harmful asbestos fibres, document it, raise your concerns with your landlord, or the department of housing, take photographs and make sure you note the dates. On the off chance that an asbestos related disease is diagnosed many years later by way of x-ray or CT scan, you have the contemporaneous evidence to link your condition to your exposure as a tenant.
Furthermore, if you are undertaking home renovations yourself, please be mindful of what you are doing, read the safety information. Wear PPE or have professionals undertake inspections of your home before you begin so that you are not exposing yourself to the possibility of an asbestos-related condition further down the track due to exposure during renovations.
Unfortunately, the presence of asbestos in our community is still rife and the consequences of asbestos exposure can be life-threatening. While we are here to help you access your rights to compensation should you develop an asbestos related lung disease, or any dust disease for that matter, prevention is key.
If you are unsure whether or not you have a compensation claim or a recognised dust condition, or any concerns about whether you have been exposed to asbestos please do not hesitate to contact us for advice or a no-obligation consultation.