Black lung disease lawyers in Queensland

Claiming compensation for black lung

If you have suffered from black lung as a result of workplace negligence, our specialist occupational lawyers can help you with your claim.

Black lung, also known as pneumoconiosis, is a disease that causes shortness of breath, coughing, and tightness of the chest. Among those most at risk are coal miners and manufacturers of graphite and carbon products.

Pneumoconiosis is a nationwide issue. Employers are often responsible for damages caused by their negligence of the harmful effects of coal dust exposure, and their failure to follow the regulations that prevent the disease.

Black lung is not currently covered under the workers' compensation scheme, but recent cases in Queensland have resulted in a review of regulations and legislation, with workers once again seeking compensation.

Symptoms of black lung often develop 10–15 years after serious exposure to coal dust, and there are no statutory time limits for making your claim. We can examine your case even if you were diagnosed decades ago—though you should seek legal assistance as soon as you are diagnosed.

Why Maurice Blackburn?

We can guide you through every step of your black lung disease claim, from compiling medical and employment records, to representing your case and settling your claim.

We are a national firm with Queensland offices in Brisbane, Browns Plains, Caboolture, Cairns, Gold Coast, Ipswich, Mackay, Rockhampton, Strathpine, Sunshine Coast, Toowoomba, Townsville, and throughout Australia.

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We provide our services on a 'no win, no fee'* basis. This means that you will only pay our legal fees if you receive a settlement or compensation. You would not be charged our fees if the claim is not pursued after investigation.

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