If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with Asbestosis, Mesothelioma or any other asbestos related disease, it can be a difficult and stressful time for all involved. Knowing your rights when it comes to making an asbestos claim is important, as there may be compensation which you can access to help make the situation a little easier.

Shine Lawyers have a team of asbestos claims lawyers that can help you find out if you have a case, and bring forward a claim for compensation on your behalf. Our asbestos claims lawyers work on a no win no fee basis, which means that we only get paid if we win your case at the end. As part of our service we offer home or hospital consultations at your convenience.

Common questions about asbestos claims

What is the process for lodging an asbestos claim?
How do I know if I have an asbestos compensation claim?
How do I make an asbestos claim?
What do I have to pay if I make an asbestos compensation claim?
What can an asbestos compensation claim cover?
How much can I receive from an asbestos compensation claim?
How long does an asbestos claim take?
Is there a time limit on when I can bring forward an asbestos compensation claim?

What is the process for lodging an asbestos claim?

Shine Lawyers have asbestos claims lawyers that can advise you of your right to make a claim for compensation under Queensland law. Asbestos compensation claims typically move through the below process, however it is possible speed up the process to make sure it’s finalised and compensation is received in the sufferer’s lifetime.

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How do I know if I have an asbestos compensation claim?

Asbestos compensation claims can be made in a variety of circumstances. They can be different to many other personal injury compensation claims, in that you may be able to claim if:

  • You are no longer working at the place where exposure to asbestos happened
  • Your employer is no longer in business
  • You were self-employed or a contactor
  • You were employed by more than one organisation
  • You suffered second-hand exposure (for example, contact with someone who was exposed)
  • You are, or were, a smoker

In addition to the above, you may also be able to make a claim if:

  • The asbestos exposure was not work related
  • Occurred during home renovations
  • Is unknown to you
  • Happened more than 50 years ago, interstate or overseas

Shine Lawyers can help you find out if you have an asbestos claim and help you understand your rights to compensation under Queensland law.

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How do I make an asbestos claim?

Shine Lawyers are expert asbestos claims lawyers that can help you find out if you have a case, and bring it forward before the courts on your behalf. Because of the complexities involved, seeking legal help is a good way to move forward and understand your rights and entitlements. Your legal team will need to carefully and thoroughly assess your case and the facts of your particular situation. Shine Lawyers operate on a No Win No Fee basis, which means that our legal fees are only payable if we win your claim at the end.

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What do I have to pay if I make an asbestos compensation claim?

When it comes to making a claim for asbestos compensation with Shine Lawyers, you won’t have to pay any of our legal fees unless we win your claim at the end of the process. When it comes to who pays the compensation to you, this is typically the insurance company of the employer/ person at fault that will pay under their policy. Even if the employer no longer exists it is still possible to make a claim for asbestos compensation.

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What can an asbestos compensation claim cover?

Every asbestos compensation claim is different and depends on the particular facts of your situation. Having said that, most asbestos claims recover compensation for:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Payment for loss of life expectancy
  • Medical expenses (past and future)
  • Loss of earnings (past and future)
  • Home help and nursing help (paid or unpaid)
  • Care and help provided by friends and family
  • Drugs and medical treatment

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How much can I receive from an asbestos compensation claim?

The amount of compensation you can receive depends on the facts of your particular situation so it’s hard to give an indication of how much you will likely receive without knowing your individual circumstances. Shine Lawyers are asbestos claim experts that can help you find out what you are entitled to under Queensland law. Depending on the nature of your asbestos claim, in most instances a monetary value is placed on the gap between your predicted life path before the asbestos disease, and your actual life path since the asbestos disease.

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How long does an asbestos claim take?

How long an asbestos compensation claim takes to resolve can vary depending on the circumstances of your case. Sometimes it is possible to speed up the claims process to make sure it is finalised in the sufferer’s lifetime. Sometimes claims can be resolved in a few weeks or months, however it does depend on your individual circumstances. Once a lawyer knows the ins and outs of your case, they can give you a good idea of the timeframes involved with your compensation claim.

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Is there a time limit on when I can bring forward an asbestos compensation claim?

There are no legal time limits under Queensland law for making an asbestos compensation claim. We recommend that you seek legal advice as soon as possible so that you are aware of your rights and entitlements.

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