Silicosis, Asbestos & Black Lung Claims

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Have you been diagnosed with Silicosis, Asbestosis or Black Lung as a result of workplace exposure to respirable irritants such as silica dust, coal dust or asbestos fibres? If so, you may have a valid claim for compensation.

These potentially fatal diseases occur as a result of long-term exposure to high concentrations of dust commonly generated in quarries, mines and the engineered stone manufacturing industry. Silicosis, Asbestosis and Black Lung each have a long latency period, of months to years between exposure and the onset of symptoms and are unfortunately incurable. Martin Rogalski has acted for hundreds of clients who have contracted dust diseases in a wide variety of circumstances and across multiple industries. Rogalski Lawyers are understanding of your circumstances and will seek to obtain justice on your behalf.

Other compensable diseases include:

  • Mesothelioma (pleural, peritoneal and pericardial).
  • Asbestosis.
  • Asbestos-related Pleural Effusion.
  • Asbestos-related Lung Cancer.
  • Asbestos-related Pleural Thickening.
  • Asbestos-related Pleural Plaques and Pleural Disease.
  • Asbestos-related Kidney Cancer.
  • Asbestos-related Laryngeal Cancer.
  • Asbestos-related Oesophageal Cancer.
  • Asbestos-related Bowel Cancer.
  • Black Lung (Coal Miners Pneumoconiosis).
  • Silicosis (Acute, Accelerated and Chronic).
  • Progressive Massive Fibrosis.
  • Chronic Obstructive Airways Disease (COPD), Emphysema, Occupational Asthma and other respiratory diseases resulting from the inhalation of toxic substances such as wood dust, welding fumes, lead, chlorine and benzene.

Most of these diseases develop as a direct result of occupational exposure to respirable crystalline silica dust, asbestos or other types of dust, and occur in men and women of all ages.

Occupations, where workers are considered to be at increased risk of developing a dust-related respiratory disease, include:

  • Excavation or demolition.
  • Quarrying.
  • Stone Masonry.
  • Paving.
  • Glass manufacturing.
  • Mining.
  • Construction.
  • Concrete or stone cutting.
  • Abrasive blasting.

You can also contract asbestos diseases from outside the workplace. People who have renovated their home have often been exposed to asbestos dust. Two out of three homes in Australia still contain asbestos cement fibro sheeting. Mesothelioma is a common disease that is contracted from repairs, maintenance and refurbishments to older homes.

Risk factors include:

  • Cutting, sawing, sanding, rasping and handling of asbestos fibro sheeting.
  • Hauling, blasting, crushing, loading, chipping, or hammering stone or concrete.
  • Cutting, grinding and polishing of artificial stone.
  • Mortar grinding.
  • Abrasive blasting using silica sand.
  • Dry sweeping or cleaning of concrete dust.

If you have been diagnosed with a dust-related respirable disease, you could have a claim for lump sum compensation. Statutory time limits apply to some claims, so you must obtain legal advice and representation as soon as possible after diagnosis. We offer initial obligation-free face to face consultation with one of our highly-experienced personal injury lawyers where we seek to put your mind at rest. With over ten years of specialist experience in dust litigation, Rogalski Lawyers are well-positioned to get you what you deserve in a claim settlement.

We understand that your time is precious, and we work around the clock, providing advice on the spot or within 24 hours. As compensation law experts, we deliver fast results and obtain the best possible outcomes for our clients, with some cases completed within days to weeks. Personal injury law is a specialist area and experience counts so speak to an expert today. You can’t afford a mistake.

Martin Rogalski has succeeded in hundreds of claims for asbestos disease including mesothelioma, lung cancer, asbestosis and asbestos related pleural disease. Martin has always succeeded in the Queensland Supreme Court and Court of Appeal so you could not be in better hands.

FAQs

Does it matter if I was exposed to dust in several locations across Australia?
No. It’s not uncommon to have an occupational history of exposure to high concentrations of dust and fumes covering different states and territories.
Does it matter if I was a smoker?
In most cases, no. Cigarette smoking is generally not connected to the development of Pneumoconiosis or fibrotic lung disease.
Does it matter if my former employer no longer exists?
In Queensland, it doesn’t matter if your previous employer no longer exists. Queensland Workers’ Compensation allows an employee to claim against a former employer’s insurance policy. Laws differ between jurisdictions, so it’s important that you obtain professional legal advice as soon as possible after diagnosis.
What if I can’t remember much about my history of exposure to dust?
We understand that memory can fade over time. Just provide us with as much information as possible, and we will take care of the rest. Remember, the more information we have, the stronger your case.
Will I be charged for the initial consultation to see if I can make a claim?
No. Rogalski Lawyers offer a FREE initial consultation and then operate on a No Win, No Fee basis if we believe that you have a viable claim. You are under no obligation to proceed after the initial consultation. Please read our No Win, No Fee policy here for more details.
Can I claim on behalf of a loved one?
Yes. You can lodge a dependency claim if one of your dependent family members has passed away as a result of exposure to occupational dust or toxic fumes.

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