Asbestos is a natural mineral fibre which was used in more than 3,000 Australian building products from the 1940s until 1985, including asbestos or fibro cement sheeting and heat-resistant clothing.
Make an asbestos compensation claim
Maurice Blackburn's dedicated asbestos lawyers recognise that every moment is precious for someone who suffers from an asbestos disease as well as their loved ones. Whether you suffer from mesothelioma, asbestosis, pleural plaques or another dust disease resulting from asbestos exposure, we can help streamline your legal access to compensation to give you more time.
As a national law firm, we'll fight for your rights and provide legal assistance in whatever areas you need.
Our employment lawyers can advise you about your work rights if you can no longer work as a result of your disease or you may be able to return to work but need some help with varied responsibilities.
And our lawyers can also help you get your legal affairs in order such as drafting a current Will, setting up powers of administration and advanced care directives.
Your asbestos and personal injury lawyer can put you in touch with any of these experts and ensure that you are cared for throughout the process.
Maurice Blackburn provides financial and in-kind support to associated services.
Do you have an asbestos claim?
We have offices in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Darwin and throughout Australia. We also represent New Zealand clients who were exposed to Asbestos in Australia. Contact us today to find out how we can help you.
Do you live in New Zealand?
If you reside in New Zealand and were exposed to asbestos in Australia, you may be able to make a claim under Australia law. Contact us to discuss your situation with our expert experienced solicitors.
All you need to know about Asbestos Litigation
Every moment is precious for an asbestos disease sufferer and their loved ones. We can help streamline your legal access to compensation to take some of the pressure off.
Sally WeirPrincipal Lawyer, Asbestos diseases
"I'm committed to ensuring my clients and their families receive their compensation rights."
Colleen BolgerAssociate, Asbestos diseases
"I studied law in order to fight battles on behalf of ordinary people."
Leah O'KeefeAssociate, Asbestos diseases
"I am committed to helping my clients' obtain their entitlements so they can get their lives back on track."
Justine KilkennyLawyer, Asbestos diseases
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Frequently Asked Questions
It’s usually trade-based workers who are affected by asbestos diseases, such as builders, asbestos insulation workers, carpenters, plumbers, electricians, sheet metal workers, motor mechanics, as well as firemen, wharfies and navy personnel.
There is no safe level of asbestos exposure. Not everyone who is exposed develops an asbestos-related disease. Those who develop an asbestos disease can take 20-60 years after exposure to get sick.
In recent years, Maurice Blackburn’s asbestos compensation solicitors have seen an increase in the number of people exposed to asbestos dust through home-based domestic duties, such as laundry and home renovations. These exposure cases are known as the Third Wave.
If you have been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease, your first priority will be your health. But financial compensation can relieve the burden both you and your family will be feeling. Maurice Blackburn’s specialist asbestos lawyers are very experienced, and have helped thousands of people with successful claims in every state of Australia, such as Eric King, for whom we achieved the largest ever payout in Australia for an asbestos compensation claim.
We work with asbestos disease sufferers and their families to minimise their inconvenience and stress, and offer a simple and thorough approach. We will visit you in hospital or at home, without charge or obligation, to discuss your entitlements and the claims process.
We have access to the National Asbestos Register which includes information from other people that may prove useful to your case and strengthen your claim. Our lawyers can also assist you and your family with other legal matters, such as related superannuation and insurance claims, renegotiating loan payments, work responsibilities and other care directives, including Wills.
Asbestos laws do vary from state to state, so if you were exposed to asbestos in a different state to the one you’re currently living in, we can advise you of the best location to lodge your compensation claim without any need for you to travel interstate.
It’s a good idea to document any asbestos exposure in case you do develop an asbestos-related disease later in life. Maurice Blackburn’s free National Asbestos Register is a convenient way to do this.
Recording the details of your asbestos exposure, regardless of how recent or long ago it was, can help any future claims for compensation you may need to make. Registration is free, and obligation-free as well.
The main diseases caused by asbestos are:
- pleural mesothelioma
- lung cancer
- asbestosis-related pleural diseases and pleural plaques
Other asbestos and dust diseases include:
- peritoneal mesothelioma (mesothelioma of the lining of the stomach)
- asbestos induced carcinoma
- progressive massive fibrosis, and
- occupational asthma.
If you are suffering from any asbestos or toxic dust disease or illness, our specialist asbestos lawyers can help you claim compensation.
We can also connect you with support groups. We provide financial and in-kind support to the Lung Cancer and Mesothelioma Support Group in the ACT. In Victoria we support Asbestoswise and Gippsland Asbestos Related Disease Support.
We can make sure all of your legal affairs are in order, and all avenues for compensation are covered, and that includes related claims connected to your superannuation accounts and life insurance policies.
Asbestos-related diseases mainly affect the respiratory and gastro-intestinal systems. They include:
- lung cancer
- asbestosis, and
- asbestos-related pleural diseases and pleural plaques.