Asbestos Lawyers Brisbane | Be Heard, Be Helped

Have you been diagnosed with Mesothelioma, Asbestosis, Pleural Plaques or Black Lung as a result of asbestos exposure? Our asbestos lawyers may be able to claim life-changing compensation on your behalf.

Who can make an asbestos claim?

In Australia, anyone who has been diagnosed with work or non-work related asbestos disease will most likely have the right to claim for lump sum compensation. It doesn’t matter if:

  • You have left the workforce or retired
  • Your employer no longer exists
  • You are/were a smoker
  • You were a contractor or self-employed
  • You don’t have the funds for litigation

Our founder, Martin Rogalski Lawyers, has won numerous asbestos disease claims, including mesothelioma, lung cancer, asbestosis, and related pleural diseases. His track record of success in the Dust Disease Tribunal of New South Wales, Queensland Supreme Court and Court of Appeal speaks volumes about the expertise you’ll have in your corner.

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What does asbestos compensation cover?

Rogalski Lawyers fast-tracks asbestos claims to ensure early resolution. Damages and injury compensation under negligence law typically covers:

Pain and suffering

Out-of-pocket expenses

Medical expenses including surgery, chemotherapy and immunotherapy

Past loss of income including superannuation

Future loss of income including superannuation

Compensation for care provided by loved ones due to the illness

Lost abilities to help family member/s due to the asbestos illness

Most at-risk occupations for asbestos exposure

Many construction, mining and industrial jobs present a higher risk of asbestos exposure. These include:

  • Carpenters
  • Boilermakers
  • Laggers
  • Naval servicemen
  • Electricians
  • Plumbers
  • Asbestos factory workers
  • Waterside workers
  • Miners
  • Demolition workers

Asbestos diseases aren’t just limited to workplaces. Renovating homes increases the risk of asbestos dust exposure. Surprisingly, two out of three homes in Australia still have asbestos cement fibro sheeting. Mesothelioma, one of the most common diseases, is often contracted with very minimal asbestos exposure. There is no safe level of asbestos exposure.

Some claims have strict time limits, so it’s best to obtain legal advice early on – ideally straight after diagnosis. Rogalski Lawyers offers free, face-to-face initial consultations to put your mind at ease. Don’t delay justice any longer.

Do you really need an Asbestos Lawyer?

While it’s not a legal requirement, claim mistakes can be costly – financially and emotionally. It’s highly recommended to hire a lawyer who specialises in asbestos claims so you receive the full amount you’re entitled to. 

If you choose to entrust our services, we vow to make it count. Your success is ours after all. We understand the importance of home comfort, especially for those dealing with asbestos-related illnesses. Our committed and considerate lawyers are ready to visit homes or hospitals as needed.

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We’ve helped hundreds of clients since 2018

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Surgeon said my husband had stage 4 mesothelioma. It was a very complex case, but Rogalski Lawyers made it easy for me to understand as a lay person. Everything was explained in detail and a very good result was achieved.

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Everything went so smoothly. I never needed to ask for anything because letters were so regular. It was excellent. I was glad I went this way. I am very happy.

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You become part of their family. They are very welcoming. They treat you as a human being, not as a number. I have used them a few things now and they are close like family to me. I recommend the whole team.

What is the asbestos claim process?


Diagnosis Post Exposure

The first step is always to obtain an official diagnosis from a medical practitioner. Common symptoms include shortness of breath, a persistent dry cough, chest tightness or pain, a dry, crackling sound in the lungs while inhaling and/or wider and rounder fingertips and toes (clubbing).


Free Initial Meeting

Organise your no-cost, no-obligation meeting with our experienced asbestos lawyers. During this consultation, we will confirm all relevant details to determine your odds of a successful claim. We understand that taking the first step can be daunting – you can rely on us to simplify the process and treat you with compassion and respect.


Claim Lodgement

In Queensland, you generally have three compensation options: a statutory claim via WorkCover Queensland, a common law claim against your employer, or one against the asbestos product manufacturer. Once you share all relevant details with us, we will take care of the rest and choose the most favourable pathway.


Disclosure/Document Discovery

The discovery process focuses on proving you were exposed to asbestos and that this exposure caused your health injury/disease. This process may involve collecting medical proof of the injury, including documents and work records. We aim to make this as stress-free as possible.


Expert Examination

Your lawyer will arrange medical evaluations, known as medico-legal examinations. The doctor they send you to is trained to assess and create accurate reports for court. We usually advise against getting a medico-legal report from your regular doctor because their treatment role can affect their impartiality for these reports.


Settlement Conference

At Rogalski Lawyers, most of our asbestos claims are resolved outside court. We strive for fair settlements through negotiation, avoiding trial expenses and stress. If both sides agree on compensation, a settlement is straightforward. Should your claim go to court, you can count on our robust support and guidance.

Want to know if you have a claim?

Our lighting-fast, user-friendly online claim checker can confirm if you have a valid claim.

Asbestos Claims FAQs

What have been the results of your previous asbestos cases?

Historically, we have achieved excellent results on behalf of our clients. We strive to achieve the best possible outcome in every case. Each case that we take on is as special as the next. We treat each case equally in terms of the amount of effort that we put into each case and we do everything that we can to maximise compensation for each and every deserving client.

A recent triumph includes the Hudson v Amaca Pty Ltd (No 2) [2022] NSWDDT 9 case. Representing the late Mr. Hudson’s Estate and his son, Joseph, who has Down Syndrome, we secured over $3,000,000.00 in damages for the Hudson family. This case set a record for damages in the Dust Diseases Tribunal of New South Wales, which has been operational since 1989.

Are there deadlines for filing a claim in Queensland?

Yes, if your asbestos exposure occurred at work, you have a 6-month window from diagnosis to lodge a claim with WorkCover Queensland. Failing to do so within this timeframe may lead to claim rejection. If you are unsure about your rights or diagnosis date, we’re here to help. For non-work-related asbestos exposure, there are no time limits for claims.

What diseases can I receive compensation for?

  • 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) and Emphysema from inhalation of toxic dusts and fumes
  • Occupational Asthma

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 concentrations of dust and fumes covering different states and territories.

Does it impact my asbestos claim if I was a smoker?

In most cases, no. Cigarette smoking is generally not connected to the development of asbestos 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 asbestos compensation for the death 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.