Within the intricate network of globalized labour and people’s migration, there are instances where workers may find themselves grappling with the repercussions of occupational hazards long after leaving the country where they were employed and exposed to dangerous dust like asbestos or silica. Particularly poignant is the plight of those experiencing dust diseases, such as mesothelioma or silicosis, arising from past work environments.

In Australia, legislation has made provisions for individuals affected by such conditions, including those who now reside overseas, to claim compensation.

If you worked in Australia and have since moved overseas but have been diagnosed with a dust disease, you may still be entitled to claim compensation. These diseases can have long latency periods and the symptoms or diagnosis may arise years or decades after exposure. However, the process of claiming from overseas carries a unique set of challenges and intricacies. Turner Freeman is a legal firm that specialises in dust disease compensation and has experience navigating claims for individuals based overseas. We can guide you through gathering the required medical evidence, linking your disease to your work history in Australia, and managing the claim remotely.

As each Australian state and territory has its own set of rules governing industrial dust disease compensation claims, the location where the exposure occurred significantly influences the process and potential benefits. Vital considerations include statutory deadlines, which may differ from those in your country of residence. Hence, taking prompt action is crucial to safeguard your right to make a claim. Moreover, some jurisdictions in Australia allow for family members to claim on behalf of a deceased relative, which can provide substantial support in the wake of a family member’s illness.

Indeed, the path to obtaining rightful compensation from another country is marked with legal nuances and procedural demands. But with the appropriate guidance and resources, it becomes a viable avenue for justice, providing financial and support services to those who have been detrimentally impacted by their working conditions, irrespective of where life has taken them since their exposure.

If you or a loved one is impacted by asbestos-related diseases (like mesothelioma, asbestosis, lung cancer) or silica-induced dust diseases (like silicosis or scleroderma with pulmonary fibrosis) and live overseas, you may have a right to seek compensation. Turner Freeman is dedicated to supporting workers affected by these conditions in claiming the compensation they deserve. We empathise with the challenges they face and are committed to guiding them through the legal procedures with care and expertise.

If you have had exposure to asbestos or silica dust and wish to delve deeper into your possible entitlement, feel free to contact us promptly at 02 8833 2500. We are here to assist with any questions or concerns you may have about your potential claim.

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