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Mesothelioma Compensation

If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma caused by asbestos exposure, we can help you investigate your situation and make a claim for compensation.

What is Mesothelioma?

Mesothelioma is an incurable and extremely painful malignancy of the outer lining of the lung (the pleura) or the lining of the abdominal cavity (the peritoneum). It is caused by asbestos exposure and most mesotheliomas affect the pleura. As the disease progresses, the pleura or the peritoneum thickens like the thickness of cigarette paper to form a hard tumour mass between 0.5cm and 1cm thick. Sufferers of mesothelioma can expect to live up to 12 months after diagnosis.

Asbestos is the only known cause of mesothelioma in Australia.

Mesothelioma Lawyers

If have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you may be eligible to claim compensation. Turner Freeman have dedicated mesothelioma lawyers throughout Australia to help you through the legal process of making a claim. We provide a free case assessment and Compensation for mesothelioma and can help you and your loved ones get what you deserve.

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 mesothelioma 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

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

  4. Mesothelioma compensation entitlements discussed

    Once the medical records confirm you have an mesothelioma, we will discuss your compensation entitlements available to you.

  5. Our mesothelioma lawyers to prepare your claim

    If you proceed, your lawyer will prepare your claim, 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 Mesothelioma

Signs and symptoms that may indicate you have mesothelioma include

  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue
  • Chest Pain
  • Persistent cough
  • Loss of appetite
  • Fever or night sweats
  • Muscle weakness

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

Latency Period of the development of mesothelioma

There is generally a latency period of 15 to 60 years between the exposure to asbestos and the development of the disease. Indeed, experts will generally not associate an exposure to asbestos that has occurred within the last ten years to the development of mesothelioma.

Types of Mesothelioma

There are different types of mesothelioma dependant on the location of the tumour.

Pleural Mesothelioma

Located in the lungs and the most common type of mesothelioma, Pleural mesothelioma account for over 70% of all cases. This type of mesothelioma is a cancer of the lining of the lungs.

Peritoneal Mesothelioma

Peritoneal mesothelioma is located in the abdomen. This type of mesothelioma is a cancer of the lining of the abdomen.

Pericardial Mesothelioma

Pericardial mesothelioma is the rarest form of mesothelioma accounting for less than 3% of all cases. This type of mesothelioma is located in the heart (pericardium) and is a cancer of the lining of the heart. Due to the location and the rarity of the cancer, the prognosis is very poor and usually diagnosed after the victim has passed during an autopsy.

Causes of Mesothelioma

Asbestos exposure is the only known cause of mesothelioma. When asbestos fibres are inhaled, the fibres stick to the lining of the lungs (in most cases) or abdomen causing irritation, inflammation, scarring and cancer.  

Mesothelioma Treatments

No cure for mesothelioma is currently available, however early diagnosis and treatment can improve and increase the quality of life.

Treatments for mesothelioma can include

  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiotherapy
  • Surgery
  • Trimodality therapy (A combination of all 3)

Frequently Asked Questions about Mesothelioma

How long do mesothelioma claims take?

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

How do you prove mesothelioma?

Proving mesothelioma can be done through physical examinations, X-rays or computerised tomography (CT) scans. If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you may have a claim. Contact Turner Freeman Lawyers today.

Is mesothelioma always fatal?

Depending on a number of factors, the survival rate of plural mesothelioma varies significantly. On average

  • 73% survive past 1 year of initial diagnosis
  • 23% survive past 3 years of initial diagnosis
  • 12% survive past 5 years of initial diagnosis
  • 7% survive past 10 years of initial diagnosis

Source: “Changing Pattern in Malignant Mesothelioma Survival,” Translational Oncology, 2015.

Can mesothelioma go into remission?

Although extremely rare, mesothelioma remission does occur normally falling under 2 categories.

Partial remission – partial remissions occurs when there is a significant reduction of mesothelioma. People with partial mesothelioma have lived for several years with partial remission but must be closely monitored by doctors.

Complete remission – Complete remission indicates no evidence of mesothelioma is detected. Complete mesothelioma remission is very rare, but normally is a result of early detection and aggressive treatment.

Choose Turner Freeman Lawyers, Australia's best Mesothelioma Firm

If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, Turner Freeman can help you with your personal injury claim. We have mesothelioma lawyers located in:

QLD – BrisbaneLoganNorth LakesIpswichToowoombaGold CoastSunshine Coast and Cairns.

NSWSydney, Parramatta, Penrith, Newcastle, Campbelltown, Wollongong, Windsor, Gloucester, Norwest  and Toronto.

SA – Adelaide and Whyalla.

WA – Perth

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