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Asbestos claims on the rise

    Asbestos exposure
    24 May 2018

    Asbestos claims of the rise

    This week it has been reported in The Age newspaper that there has been an increase in compensation claims by those affected by Mesothelioma.

    Mesothelioma is an aggressive cancer that affects mesothelial cells which cover most internal organs and in particular the lungs. It is caused from exposure to asbestos. 

    Asbestos refers to a group of naturally occurring minerals that were commonly mined and used in construction materials. When asbestos fibres are inhaled they become embedded in the lining of organs such as lungs which cause inflammation and eventually tumours. 

    Mesothelioma not only affects those who had direct contact with asbestos, such as miners and construction workers but also those who had indirect contact such as family members who handled the clothes of those working directly with asbestos.

    Unfortunately asbestos is still present today in many building and manufacturing products such as old cement sheets, paints, sealants, fire proofing products, roofing and pipes. This means people, especially builders, manufactures, insulators, plumbers, electricians and even home renovators are still at risk of being exposed to asbestos fibres. This is creating a new wave of claims for compensation. 

    The period between exposure and diagnosis ranges from approximately 10 years up to 50 years, with most cases being around 30 – 40 years between exposure and diagnosis. With new exposures to asbestos, claims for compensation will continue. 

    Zaparas Lawyers have a team of lawyers who specialise in these types of claims. If you think you or someone you know may be at risk in developing mesothelioma or have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or another occupational disease, contact us now for an obligation and cost free discussion about your potential legal entitlements.

    Kehela Vandenberg  |  Associate  |  WorkCover