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Asbestos Lung Cancer Compensation

If you have been exposed to asbestos and have been diagnosed with lung cancer, you may claim for compensation. Contact one of our lawyers today

Lung Cancer caused by Asbestos Exposure

Asbestos exposure has been linked to an increased risk of developing lung cancer. When asbestos fibres are inhaled, these fibres can kill the cells inside the lungs, release a molecule that starts an inflammation and release mutagens and factors that cause tumour growth. The greater exposure someone has had to asbestos, the greater risk they will develop lung cancer.

If you are diagnosed with lung cancer, it is important to have a specialist doctor manage your treatment who is experienced in such cases. As the right treatment methods such as medication, nutrition as well as exercise can improve the quality of life in a great deal.

Our Compensation Process

Starting a silicosis compensation claim with Turner Freeman, you’re guaranteed to receive compassion and professionalism from our lawyers. We try to take the legal stress out of your hands through 6 easy steps.

  1. Contact Turner Freeman

    Telephone Turner Freeman on 13 43 63 or fill in our online form. Tell us you have been diagnosed with silicosis due to workplace exposure and that you would like to speak to a lawyer.

  2. Our silicosis lawyers get in touch with you

    One of our lawyers will speak to you and arrange to see you at our office. If you cannot travel, the lawyer will visit you at home or in hospital.

  3. Relevant documentation recorded and collected

    Our lawyer will obtain all of the information from you necessary to run the claim including collecting medical records and other information relevant to your silicosis claim.

  4. Asbestos lung cancer compensation entitlements discussed

    Once the medical records confirm you have been diagnosed with silicosis, we will discuss your compensation entitlements available to you.

  5. Our asbestos lawyers to prepare your claim

    If you proceed, your lawyer will prepare your asbestos related lung cancer claim and lodge the appropriate documentation to ensure the claim is successfully concluded. Your lawyer can also speed up the claim if your health is failing.

  6. Most compensation claims are settled before court trial

    We are with you throughout the entire process. We will keep you informed and updated at every stage so you always know where your claim is up to.

Read more about compensation process here.

Symptoms of Asbestos Lung Cancer

Signs and symptoms that may indicate you have lung cancer include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Wheezing or hoarseness
  • Fatigue
  • Chest Pain
  • Persistent cough that gets worse over time
  • Coughing up blood
  • Loss of appetite
  • Swelling in the face or neck
  • Muscle weakness

If you are experiencing some of these symptoms and believe to have been exposed to asbestos, contact one of our asbestos lung cancer lawyers today.

Latency Period of the development of asbestos lung cancer

The latency period between exposure to asbestos and development of lung cancer is generally believed to be about 15 to 25 years.

Asbestos Lung Cancer Lawyers

Our personal injury lawyers at Turner Freeman Lawyers are experts in asbestos related lung cancers. If you worried about asbestos exposure or have a developed an asbestos related disease such as lung cancer, contact us today.

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Serafina's story

“They showed me a lot of respect and a lot of compassion, particularly when I first met Armando.

He was very compassionate and supportive. And I didn’t expect it from a lawyer. I expected to get a good legal service and good legal advice but I didn’t expect how much support and compassion I received. I will always be grateful for that.”

Frequently Asked Questions about Asbestos Related Lung Cancer

How long do asbestos lung cancer claims take?

Asbestos lung cancer claims can take between 3-6 months and are usually settled before a court trial. If a victim of asbestos related lung cancer’s prognosis is poor, the claim may be sped up.

How do you prove if asbestos caused lung cancer?

A probable indicator that lung cancer may have been due to asbestos exposure is the evidence of asbestosis. However, if you have been diagnosed with lung cancer and you are not sure if asbestos exposure was the cause, our expert asbestos lawyers can assist you.

Can asbestos lung cancer be cured?

Unlike mesothelioma, lung cancer can be cured, but it depends on the stage the disease has reached.

In some cases where the disease has not spread, it is possible for a surgeon to remove either the affected lung or particular part of the lung. Chemotherapy is usually performed subsequent to treatment. In such cases, the lung cancer can be completely removed and a cure is possible.

In some cases, surgery is not possible, but chemotherapy can halt the spread of the disease.

What's the difference between asbestos lung cancer and mesothelioma?

Mesothelioma cancer that is formed in the lining of the lungs whilst lung cancer is formed inside the lungs. Both mesothelioma and lung cancer can be related back to asbestos exposure.

Asbestos Related Lung Cancer & Smoking

Although asbestos exposure can be attributed to lung cancer, it is only a small cause for lung cancer with tobacco smoking accounting for over 80% of lung cancer cases in Australia.

Cigarette smoke and asbestos are often stated to play a synergistic or multiplicative role in the development of lung cancer. Some studies have shown that those who smoke cigarettes and have been exposed to asbestos have a fifty fold increased risk of lung cancer over the non-asbestos and cigarette exposed population while those who have smoked cigarettes but who have had no exposure to asbestos have only an eleven fold increased risk. Regardless of the precise increase risk there does seem to be some interaction between cigarette smoke and asbestos in the development of lung cancer.

Can you claim compensation if you are a smoker?

A victim who has lung cancer but does not have asbestosis can still claim. In such cases, it is necessary to demonstrate that the victim had very heavy exposure to asbestos over a number of years. Such a claim would be greatly assisted if the person was a non-smoker.

Choose Turner Freeman Lawyers, Australia's trusted asbestos related disease lawyers

Turner Freeman’s expert compensation lawyers will be able to advise you about your rights and what you are entitled to. Due to the progressive nature of silicosis, you may also be able to bring a claim through your superannuation for insurance benefits for total and permanent disablement or income protection. Our lawyers can assist you with this. 

If you have been diagnosed with silicosis or have been exposed to silica dust, contact one of our lawyers today. We have silicosis compensation lawyers located in:

QLD– BrisbaneLoganNorth LakesIpswichToowoombaGold CoastSunshine Coast and Cairns.

NSW – SydneyParramattaCampbelltownNewcastlePenrithWollongongWindsorTorontoNorwest and Gloucester.

SA – Adelaide and Whyalla.

WA – Perth

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