It was only a few decades ago that asbestos was a common building material, used in many applications from roofing to cement sheeting. Fast forward to present day, however, and we now understand the grave impact asbestos has on human health. Here, we explore what makes asbestos harmful, and what compensation you may be able to seek as the result of an asbestos-related illness.
Asbestos is a word used to describe a group of minerals, used for building in the 1940’s until the late 80’s. They were popular materials due to their high temperature resistance. Unfortunately, these fibres have potentially fatal impacts on the body. Inhaling asbestos fibres has been proven to cause pleural mesothelioma, a rare cancer of the lungs as well as other cancers and health problems. Interestingly, many Australian buildings have trace amounts of asbestos, and are safe for people to work or live in granted the structure is in a good condition. If the building were to become damaged, however, asbestos fibres may become disturbed and airborne, meaning those inside the building are at risk of inhaling the toxic mineral.
According to Cancer Council NSW, you may be able to claim compensation if you develop pleural mesothelioma from asbestos inhalation. Before making your claim, it’s a wise idea to talk to family and former employers about where the inhalation may have taken place. Furthermore, contacting an expert compensation lawyer means you’ll have another person on your team to help with your claim, and guide you through the process as easily as they can.
After receiving a diagnosis of pleural mesothelioma, you can claim compensation through two avenues; either as a common law claim through court, or under a government compensation scheme. In New South Wales, the Dust Diseases Authority is the government party to contact for compensation. With a common law claim, action is taken against the party or person who is to blame for the victim being exposed to asbestos fibres. It’s vital to seek legal counsel quickly after your diagnosis so they can start assisting your case as soon as possible.
When it comes to compensation, the team at Gerard Malouf and Partners Lawyers have got your back. With a wealth of experience in a range of claims, we’re dedicated to helping our clients reach a favourable outcome for their case. For more information, get in touch with our team.