Claiming compensation for silicosis lung disease
Silicosis is a lung disease caused by the inhalation of crystalline silica. Exposure occurs most often in workplaces, such as in the mining, construction and demolition industries. If you have worked in an environment in which you were exposed to silica dust, we can help determine whether you have a claim, and offer you clear legal advice.
Employers may be liable for silicosis damages, due to their failure to follow regulations that prevent lung disease. You may also be eligible for compensation from a superannuation or insurance policy, or from a government workers' compensation scheme.
Why Maurice Blackburn?
We can guide you through every step of your silicosis lung disease claim, from compiling medical and employment records, to representing your case and settling your personal injury claim.
Silicosis can develop as soon as one year after exposure, but usually the disease is diagnosed approximately 10-15 years later. There are no statutory time limits for making a silicosis claim, but following diagnosis you should try to file your case as soon as possible.
If your case is successful, we may be able to secure compensation for pain and reduction in life expectancy, loss of earnings, loss of amenity, medical expenses, other costs related to your silicosis, and—in some cases—punitive damages.
We offer 'no win, no fee'* arrangements for these types of cases, which means that you don’t have to pay for our legal services if we don't win.
Contact us today to find out how we can help.