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Turner Freeman has the largest and the most experienced dust diseases practice in Australia. For more than 30 years a team of experts have represented thousands of victims of dust diseases in Australian and overseas courts. We have continued to expand the nature of claims filed on behalf of victims suffering from asbestos diseases and we have litigated numerous test cases that have established important legal precedents changing the prospects of people with dust diseases.

Turner Freeman has a proud record of successfully completing more dust diseases compensation claims than any other law firm in Australia.

Asbestos Disease Claims Information

Our Fee Policy in Asbestos Disease Claims

No Win No Fee Personal Injury Lawyers | Turner Freeman NSW

For personal injury claims in the state of New South Wales we act for our clients on a ‘No Win-No Fee’ basis. In other words, unless we are successful in receiving compensation on behalf of the client they will not be charged for the legal work done by our firm or any expenses incurred when investigating the claim. Ask one of our personal injury lawyers for further information about our ‘No Win-No Fee’ policy, conditions do apply.

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What is asbestos disease?

What Is Asbestos Disease?

Asbestos can cause different types of disease, almost all of which affect the lungs. They are:

Mesothelioma - A cancer of the lining of the lungs or abdominal organs. It can be caused by low levels of exposure to asbestos.

Lung Cancer - A cancer of the lung which can be caused by heavy exposure to asbestos, even where there is a history of smoking.

Asbestosis - Scarring of the small airways of the lung caused by heavy exposure to asbestos. It is often progressive.

Asbestos Related Pleural Disease - This condition affects the lining of the lungs (pleura) and causes shortness of breath. It is sometimes progressive.

Pleural Plaques - These are patches of tough sinewy tissue which form on the inside of the chest wall as a consequence of asbestos exposure. Over time, calcium builds up in these patches and they are detected by chest x-ray.  They vary in size.  In some cases, pleural plaques can cause chest pain.

Can I make an asbestos compensation claim?

Can I make an Asbestos Compensation Claim?

If you have been diagnosed with asbestos disease, you almost certainly have a claim for lump sum compensation. Turner Freeman Lawyers will provide you with expert advice on any compensation entitlements you have.

It does not matter that:

  • you have retired from work
  • you have no way of proving your asbestos exposure other than your own word.
  • your employer no longer exists
  • you smoke
  • you were self-employed or worked as a contractor
  • your exposure to asbestos occurred outside the work place
  • you have no money to pay a lawyer

Can I claim for work related asbestos disease?

Can I Claim For Work Related Asbestos Disease?


Work Related Asbestos Disease

Anyone who was exposed to asbestos dust while working in NSW is entitled to make a claim for weekly payments of compensation and medical expenses through the Dust Diseases Authority of NSW. At the same time, a claim can be made for significant lump sum compensation through the Dust Diseases Tribunal of NSW.

If your exposure to asbestos occurred during the course of self-employment then you can make a claim for significant lump sum compensation through the Dust Diseases Tribunal of NSW. Compensation is payable for pain and suffering, past and future medical out-of-pocket expenses, income loss and loss of capacity to care for family members.

Can I claim for non-work related asbestos disease?

Can I Claim For Non-Work Related Asbestos Disease?


Non-Work Related Asbestos Disease

If your exposure to asbestos occurred outside of work, for example in the home as a consequence of washing a family member's clothes or as a consequence of renovation or building work then you are entitled to claim lump sum compensation.

Compensation is payable for pain and suffering, past and future medical out-of-pocket expenses, income loss and loss of capacity to care for family members.

How much will it cost me?

How Much Will It Cost Me?

We will provide you with obligation free advice at our initial meeting to discuss your circumstances and provide you with advice.

We will act for you a "No Win, No Fee" basis which means that we will not be paid until your compensation claim is successful. We will pay for all of the medical and expert reports necessary to prepare and present your claim and you will not be asked to pay anything until compensation is paid to you.

In a successful compensation claim, the other party will pay the great majority of your legal costs, usually 70% to 75%.

How long will it take to complete my claim?

How Long Will It Take To Complete My Claim?

This depends on the type of asbestos disease. Claims for mesothelioma or lung cancer can be completed within a few weeks to four months, depending on the circumstances.

A claim for asbestosis or asbestos related pleural disease takes longer but generally six to eight months.

Should I call a lawyer after being diagnosed with asbestos disease?

Should I Call A Lawyer After Being Diagnosed With Asbestos Disease?


It is important that the claim be made as soon as possible and within your lifetime. You should contact us immediately once you have been diagnosed with asbestos related disease.

Remember, our first consultation is obligation free so there is no harm in calling us.

Can I make a claim for the loss of a loved one that died from asbestos disease?

Can I Make A Claim For The Loss Of A Loved One That Died From Asbestos Disease?

Yes, but entitlements do vary depending on the nature of the claim.

The best course of action is to call us as soon as a loved one has been diagnosed with asbestos disease as in some claims, the entitlement to compensation only survives death if the claim has been commenced in the person's lifetime.

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