If you have been diagnosed with silicosis, lung cancer or any other silica related disease or condition, you may have a claim for compensation.
Turner Freeman is Australia’s largest and most experienced dust diseases litigation firm.
What is silica?
Silica is a natural mineral and can be found in rock, sand, stone, gravel and clay. The most common form is quartz. Silica dust is harmful when inhaled into your lungs and exposure should be avoided. Silica dust is 100 times smaller than a grain of sand and you can breathe it in without knowing it.
What is silicosis?
Silicosis is the most common disease related to silica dust exposure. It is an incurable and progressive lung disease. There are different forms of silicosis depending on the severity of the disease, generally referred to as either simple silicosis or complicated fibrosis / progressive massive fibrosis (PMF).
Extremely high levels of silica are contained in engineered stone bench tops, commonly found in kitchens, and many stonemasons and other tradesmen who have been cutting and installing these bench tops are being diagnosed with silicosis. Miners, quarry workers, tunnel construction workers, demolition workers as well as workers in other industries can be exposed to silica dust in their work.
Claims for compensation
Claims are available to those suffering from a silica related injury or disease under the Queensland and other states workers’ compensation schemes.
Claims are also available against the manufacturers of engineered stone products as well as occupiers of industrial sites, including mines, where people have been exposed to silica dust.
Strict time limits apply to claims under the Queensland workers’ compensation scheme which must be followed. Time limits also apply in other jurisdictions and need to be considered.
Anyone who has been diagnosed with silicosis should seek legal advice regarding their individual circumstances and potential entitlements.
Our ‘No Win – No Fee‘ policy is available for silicosis claims and we offer home or hospital visits if you are too ill come to us.
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.