The Compensation Process
Firstly, you will need to telephone 13 43 63 to be put through to the nearest Turner Freeman office. Explain that you have asbestos related or another dust disease and you would like to speak with a lawyer. A family member or friend can make the telephone call for you. You will be put through to a senior staff member who will ask you some simple questions.
Steps to Making a Claim
Your matter will be referred to an appropriate lawyer in our offices and you will be telephoned by the lawyer.
Depending on how urgent your case is i.e. how ill you are, an appointment will be made for you to see your lawyer in our offices, or the lawyer will visit you at home or in hospital.
The lawyer will obtain a “statement” from you on how you were exposed to the asbestos or other dust, and how the disease has affected you.
After you have told the lawyer what happened, it will be typed up, reviewed and corrected if necessary and you will be asked to sign it.
Whether you have a dust disease which may entitle you to claim for compensation, will be decided by your medical reports. You may need to attend a medical examination, which we will organise and pay for. Your lawyer will write to advise you whether or not you may have a claim and arrange to discuss the claim with you.
If you then decide you wish to go ahead with your claim you must tell “instruct” your lawyer to proceed. Then your lawyer will take the necessary steps to have your claim dealt with by the Court. You may have to appear in court personally.
If your claim is successful you will receive a lump sum payment in compensation. If your case is urgent these procedures can be fast-tracked.
Turner Freeman can assist with dust disease claims nationwide and overseas. See below locations for further information.