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Occupational diseases in QLD

    Claiming for occupational diseases in Queensland

    What is an Occupational Disease?

    The nature of particular occupations, places or process involved with a worker’s employment can cause or contribute to the development of an illness or disease or in the aggravation or acceleration of a pre-existing disease.

    Although not all dust particles cause disease, the most harmful are those that come from materials such as silica, metals cotton, coal dust, aluminium fumes, welding fumes, wood fumes and asbestos. Exposure to these types of dust particles can often lead to serious illnesses. If you have been diagnosed with a disease or illness that could be due to your workplace or working conditions, we suggest you seek legal advice.
    Can I claim compensation?

    You can claim compensation for many work-related diseases caused from dust particles including:

    • Lung cancer (with asbestos exposure)
    • Mesothelioma
    • Asbestosis
    • Silicosis
    • Pleural fibrosis
    • Coal dust/hard metal pneumoconiosis
    • Other airway or dust related diseases.

    What compensation can I claim?

    At Zaparas Lawyers Queensland, our expert occupational disease lawyers can help you make a compensation claim if you have been diagnosed with a dust-related disease. You may be able to claim compensation for:

    • Loss of wages
    • Medical and related expenses
    • Pain and suffering
    • The partner of a deceased persons of an asbestos related disease may still be able to claim compensation to the estate or any dependants they may have. 

    If you have developed an occupational disease due to the negligence of your workplace in Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Upper Coomera and Queensland, you may be entitled to claim compensation. At Zaparas Injury Lawyers, we work on a no win no charge basis. This means that, if we don’t win your case, you don’t have to pay legal fees.

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    What are some common work related diseases or illnesses?

    Some common work-related diseases or illness include:

    • cancers such as melanoma and leukemia; and
    • lung conditions including asbestosis and silicosis.

    Currently there are also 25 diseases, known as proclaimed diseases of which are deemed through Victorian Legislation to be automatically due the nature of a worker’s employment given their association with a particular place, process or occupation.

    What does 'proclaimed disease' mean?

    Currently there are also 25 diseases, known as proclaimed diseases of which are deemed through Victorian legislation to be automatically due the nature of a worker’s employment given their association with a particular place, process or occupation. 

    The list of proclaimed disease include those related to asbestosis, silicosis and poisoning from chemicals such as lead, mercury, copper, phosphorus and carbon monoxide.  

    If a worker has a proclaimed disease, that disease will be deemed to be due to the nature of employment unless the employer, authority or self-insurer proves to that the worker’s employment did not contribute to or cause to the worker’s disease.

    Why was I not told of the risk of exposure?

    Manufactures, suppliers and employers have specific duties in relation to hazardous and carcinogenic substances used at workplaces to control and limit the risks associated with their use.

    I think I may have been exposed to a hazardous substance at work, what should I do?

    If you or someone you know has worked in an occupation in which there may have been exposure to a hazardous or carcinogenic substance or dust it is recommended that that person see their general practitioner or specialist to determine if they have any conditions or diseases due to the nature of their employment.

    Given that the period between exposure and the onset of symptoms can be lengthy by decades for some diseases and illness, early preventative measures and detection is recommended. 

    We also recommend you contact our specialist team who can help support you through this process.

    I have been diagnosed with an occupational disease. Can Zaparas Lawyer help?

    If a worker has an illness or disease that is related to the nature of their employment they may be able to receive compensation through the Victorian WorkCover system.

    The Victorian WorkCover legislation provides that if there is caused to a worker an injury arising out of or in the course of any employment, the worker shall be entitled to compensation in the form of statutory benefits and for the more serious and permanent injuries where for example the employer was negligent, the worker may be entitled to common law damages.

    Further, where a worker experienced an injury arising out of or in the course of their employment and that injury results in or materially contributes to the worker’s death, the worker’s dependents may be entitled to compensation.

    Zaparas Lawyers have a team of lawyers who specialise in these types of claims. If you have been diagnosed with an occupational disease, call us now for an obligation and cost free discussion. 

    What do I do if I have had more than one employer?

    It is not uncommon that a worker suffering from an occupational related disease or illness may have worked in the same or similar occupation but had been employed by a number of difficult employers during the course of their working life in that occupation.

    The Victorian Workover legislation enables workers to seek statutory benefits compensation from the most recent employer in which the nature of that employment gave rise to a significantly greater risk of the worker contracting or developing the disease or illness than had the worker not been employed in employment of that nature, regardless of whether working for that particular employment actually contributed to their disease.

    In order however to pursue common law damages, it must be proved that it is probable that the employer’s and/or another party’s negligent conduct was a cause of (or materially contributed to) the Plaintiff’s disease or illness.

    What do I need to bring to my appointment?

    It is most beneficial that you bring all relevant documentation you have, such as completed claim forms, letters from the Insurer and your employer, medical reports, radiological investigations and any other documents that may be relevant.

    English is my second language. Are you able to provide an interpreter?

    Our firm has a diverse and multicultural team comprising of lawyers and law clerks who speak different languages including: Greek, Cantonese, Mandarin, Serbian, Croatian, Bosnian, Macedonian, Turkish and Singhalese.

    We also have a network of the very best interpreters who can attend interviews and appointments free of charge to our clients.

    How much will I pay in legal costs?

    When an injury is sustained, it is not only a traumatic and often life changing experience, it often causes great financial strain to the injured party and their family.

    This is why for 36 years Zaparas Lawyers has fought cases on a ‘No win, No charge’ basis.

    In simple terms, this means that you do not pay anything unless you win your case.

    Could I be eligible for any other entitlements?

    You may also be entitled to other claims such as:

    • Total and permanent disablement or permanent incapacity claims within your Superannuation Scheme;
    • Income protection claim; and
    • Incolink. 

    These schemes are dependant on your unique policy and they all hold various and specific requirements that need to be satisfied.

    At Zaparas Lawyers, we have a dedicated Superannuation department who will be able to assist in exploring all your potential rights and entitlements. 


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