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Our Victories

We are Australia's leading dust disease law firm

Important Turner Freeman Victories

Turner Freeman has the largest, most experienced and leading dust diseases practice in Australia. For over 65 years we have represented thousands of victims affected by asbestos related diseases.

Since 1952 our team has achieved countless victories for our clients and fought for changes to compensation reforms across the nation.

Did you know?

New South Wales Managing Partner Armando Gardiman ran his first asbestos compensation claim in 1982. He successfully prosecuted the first product liability claim in Australia against James Hardie & Coy Pty Ltd, in 1987.

In South Australia, Turner Freeman Lawyers has represented more asbestos victims than any other law firm, and our Partner Annie Hoffman has run more successful dust diseases cases to trial in South Australia than any other lawyer.

Some of our heroic client stories are featured below.

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Bernie Banton

Bernie was the first person to make a second claim for damages after being diagnosed with a second, different asbestos disease.

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Judge Robert (Bob) Bellear

At the age of 17 Judge Robert (Bob) Bellear enlisted in the Navy. For the next seven years he worked on board various naval ships including the HMAS Cerberus, HMAS Anzac, HMAS Sydney, HMAS Hobart and at the shore base HMAS Kuttabul.

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John William Booth

John William Booth contracted malignant pleural mesothelioma, a cancer of the lining of the lung that is only caused by asbestos, when he was 71 years of age.

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Margaret Dawson

A record amount was awarded to a 64 year old grandmother who was diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma in April 2007.

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Albert Charles Dyson

Albert Dyson was employed by Johnson & Johnson Pty Ltd as a storeman. He was required to carry out cleaning work using compressed air to blow down pigeon droppings.

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Helene Edwards

Helene Edwards was a 57 year old resident of South Australia with mesothelioma. Her only exposure to asbestos was in 1977 for a period of two weeks.

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Vivien Margaret Olson

Vivien Olson was born at the Wittenoom Hospital in September of 1959. She lived in Wittenoom for 27 months until the end of 1961 when her family moved to Sydney.

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Bill Roberts

Mr Roberts was diagnosed with mesothelioma at the age of 63. He was working as a dentist and was exposed to asbestos during the course of home renovations in the 1960s.

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Anna Rooney

Exposed as a child, Anna’s only exposure to asbestos was from her late father’s work clothes. From the time of her birth until Anna was six years of age, she lived at her family home.

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Serafina Salucci

Serafina Salucci is typical of the third wave of asbestos victims, that is persons exposed to asbestos as a result of non industrial use, mainly DIY home renovators or bystander exposures.

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David Sim

Mr Sim suffered from asbestosis and subsequently contracted lung cancer later on. He died on 6 July 2009.

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Joanne Turner

Flight attendant Joanne Turner was travelling between Sydney and Brisbane on a BA 146 aircraft during the course of her employment on 4 March 1992.

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Norman Wren

Mr Wren was exposed to asbestos while working for about a year in 1950 for Asbestos Products Pty Limited, a subsidiary of CSR Limited that made asbestos cement fibro sheets.

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Belinda Dunn

Belinda Dunn was a sprightly four-year-old when she climbed a pile of building off-cuts in front of her family home.

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Trevor Reynolds

The District Court of South Australia handed down its first ever decision under the Dust Diseases Act 2005.

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Mr. van Soest

Landmark win against BHP in the High Court of Australia

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Les Lawler

Les Lawler was one of thousands of ex-servicemen exposed to asbestos dust during his time in the Navy.

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Melissa Haylock

A mother’s courage gets law changed.

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William Abel

William’s fight for justice until the very end.

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Mathew Werfel

Record $3m asbestos payout in precedent-setting victory for home renovator.

Below are some of our landmark victories

The first product liability claim against an asbestos manufacturer, James Hardie & Coy Pty Limited in Australia.

The first verdict on behalf of a child born at Wittenoom and exposed to blue asbestos dust in the township.

The first verdict on behalf of a victim who was working with brake lining materials as a fitter in an engineering firm.

A succession of successful judgments for workers exposed to asbestos and suffering from lung cancer.

The first verdict on behalf of a waterside worker suffering from asbestos disease.

The first verdict on behalf of a victim who contracted mesothelioma from doing home renovations.

The first successful compensation case for a man who contracted lung cancer as a result of workplace exposure to chromate.

Turner Freeman has the experience and skill to provide the specialised legal services needed by victims of dust disease throughout Australia and overseas.

We represent members of the Asbestos Diseases Foundation of Australia, the Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union and the Retired Maritime Union of Australia.

Turner Freeman represented the coalition of unions and asbestos support groups at the James Hardie Inquiry.


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