Being diagnosed with mesothelioma, the asbestos related lung cancer, is overwhelming particularly when you do not know where you were exposed to asbestos. Unlike other asbestos related diseases there is only 1 known cause of mesothelioma and that is asbestos exposure.
When people think of asbestos they often think of Wittenoom (the blue asbestos mine owned and operated by Australian Blue Asbestos Pty Limited) or fences and roofs made from Super Six (the corrugated asbestos sheet manufactured by James Hardie & Coy Pty Limited). However, asbestos was used in countless products until the mid 1980s/early 1990s. Asbestos was used in insulation materials, floor tiles, brake linings, gaskets, fire doors, fire retardant curtains (such as at the cinema), fire proof suits, aprons, gloves, electrical switchboards, electrical wiring, pot plants, stove covers and even dental tape. With so many products containing asbestos you can see why it can often be hard, at first instance, to identify where and when you were exposed to asbestos. Making things more complicated is the fact that sometimes a person’s exposure did not arise as a result of them handling a specific product but instead as a result of their spouse or a member of their family handling the product.
As expert asbestos lawyers our job is to help you identify where and when you were exposed to asbestos. Without identifying an exposure to asbestos it is impossible to bring a common law claim or sue for compensation in court. While suing someone will never give you back your health it can result in a compensation payment worth hundreds of thousands of dollars meaning you can afford the type care you want and can ensure your family are financially secure in the longer term. It is for this reason we spend significant time with our clients sifting through their occupational and non-occupational histories to determine just how they were exposed to asbestos. In most cases we are able to identify how a person was exposed to asbestos and bring a common law claim for compensation.
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Given the significant entitlements available to persons who are suffering from mesothelioma it is important that you seek legal advice even if you cannot identify an asbestos exposure as we will work with you to find a viable exposure.
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