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Asbestos Lawyers

If you have been exposed to Asbestos, we will help get the compensation you deserve.

What is Asbestos?

Asbestos is a natural mineral fibre that was commonly used in the construction of homes and buildings prior to the 1990’s. In fact, about one in three Australian homes today contain asbestos. Asbestos was also commonly used in the automotive industry. The use of asbestos is now banned in Australia due to the severe health risks following exposure.  For further information on Asbestos read our blog regarding the impact of its exposure.

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Who can make an asbestos compensation claim?

Many jobs within the trade industries are susceptible to contracting an asbestos-based disease. Some of these susceptible professions include:

  • Plumbers
  • Electricians
  • Mechanics
  • Construction Workers
  • Firefighters
  • Sheet Metal Workers
  • Miners

Where is Asbestos found?

Unfortunately, Asbestos is still being found in building, manufacturing and automotive products which include:

  • Old Cement Sheets
  • Paints
  • Sealants
  • Fireproofing Products
  • Roofing
  • Pipes
  • Brake pads
  • Clutches

These Asbestos fibres may be released via drilling, cutting, sanding or otherwise breaking products that contain asbestos fibres. Illnesses often appear decades after the initial exposure. If you have worked or been near these products, it is possible you have been exposed.

What are the most common Asbestos related illnesses?

  • Asbestosis (scarring and inflammation of lung tissue);
  • Pleural disease (thickening of membranes around lungs); and
  • Cancer including lung cancer
  • Mesothelioma (a rare form of cancer than can affect the lining of organs including the lungs and abdomen)

Who pays for compensation for asbestos injuries?

Medical and Treatment Expenses
    • GP appointments
    • Hospital expenses
    • Psychological/Psychiatric therapy
    • Medication expenses
    • Personal and home help services
    • Radiology
    • Surgery
    • Travel expenses
Weekly Payments

Weekly payments for lost wages if you are unable to return to your pre-injury duties or alternative employment as a result of your disease or illness.

Lump Sum Compensation

Lump sum compensation for pain and suffering and loss of both past and future earnings

Superannuation Entitlements

If you have been injured or sustained an illness due to work, you may be eligible to claim additional compensation through your superannuation.

If you are a partner or dependant of a loved one who has passed away due to an asbestos related disease, there may still be compensation available for you.

Any amount of asbestos exposure poses a risk, although not everyone who is exposed will develop an asbestos related illness. Inhalation and/or digestions of asbestos fibres can result in an illness.

Exposure to Asbestos can occur at work, home or in the community. If you have been around products that contained asbestos and have developed serious health problems, it is important to seek medical advice.

It is also recommended that legal advice is sought in relation to possible entitlements to WorkCover compensation and/or entitlements through your Superannuation.

Zaparas Lawyers have a team of experienced asbestos lawyers that can help you make a claim for compensation if you have been diagnosed with an asbestos related illness. We have seen the devastating impact of asbestos related illnesses, not just to the affected person, but to their family and friends.

Exposure to Asbestos is not exclusive to the workplace for trade workers. It is possible to encounter asbestos in your own home. Asbestos-related illnesses from home renovations are also possible. If you believe you may have been exposed to Asbestos either at work or at home, our Asbestos Lawyers at Zaparas are willing to work with you to aid in your compensation claim.


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In the unlikely event that we don’t secure compensation for you, we will not charge you for any of our professional fees.

Zaparas Lawyers expertise in asbestos claims in Melbourne

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

Zaparas Lawyers have successfully acted for many asbestos clients, including a number for whom we have successfully obtained the statutory maximum in lump sum compensation for pain and suffering for them.

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What is 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.

What is mesothelioma?

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

Who can be diagnosed with mesothelioma?

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.

Can I still be exposed to asbestos?

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

I’m concerned about a potential asbestos exposure. What could I be entitled to if I’ve suffered an asbestos-related injury?

Those exposed to asbestos in the workplace may be entitled to workers’ compensation entitlements including weekly payments of compensation and payment of medical and associated expenses.

Common law damages may be awarded to you if it is shown that the exposure to asbestos was totally or partially the fault of your employer or another liable party.

You could also be entitled to superannuation benefits such as total permanent disability claims, income protection and early release of superannuation monies.

Is there a delay between exposure and diagnosis?

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.

What do I need to bring along to my consultation?

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?

Being specialists in personal injury claims, we know how hard it can be to navigate the legal process, but it can be even harder when English is your second language. That’s why we employ a diverse group of people who speak over 15 different languages to make the process as smooth as it possibly can be.

If we don’t have a lawyer who can speak your language, we also have access to a wide network of professional interpreters, meaning we’re here to help you every step of the way in a language that you understand.

How much will I pay in legal costs?

When an injury is sustained, it is not only a traumatic and often life-changing experience, but it also often causes great financial strain to the injured party and their family. This is why for 40 years Zaparas Lawyers has fought cases on a No Win, No Fee basis. This means that in the unlikely event that we don’t succeed in securing compensation for you, we will not charge you for any of our professional fees.

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