Melbourne Asbestos & Mesothelioma Lawyer
Mesothelioma: A Growing Danger in Australia
Mesothelioma is a form of cancer that is caused by exposure to asbestos. The majority of those who develop mesothelioma have worked at jobs in which they inhaled particles of asbestos, or were exposed to asbestos dust and fiber. The incidence of mesothelioma is higher in Australia than almost anywhere else in the world. Up to 600 new mesothelioma cases are diagnosed every year in Australia, and it does not appear that there will be a decline any time soon.
Approximately one out of every three homes built in Australia between 1840 and 1987 contain some type of asbestos. Almost 100% of buildings for public use, such as hospitals and schools, contain asbestos. It typically takes between 15-40 years for mesothelioma to develop, from initial exposure to the time the disease becomes evident.
If a person has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, lung cancer, or other asbestos related diseases, victims` compensation claims may be brought if it can be proved that another party`s negligence caused the illness. If you think you have a mesothelioma claim, contact a competent Melbourne personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. We will investigate your claim and will advise you on the necessary steps to take to prove your case.
Am I eligible to file an asbestos related claim?
There are a number of issues that you might think would prohibit you from making a claim. You may still make a claim if:
• Your asbestos exposure happened many years ago
• You have worked for a number of employers
• You are no longer working for the company at which the exposure occurred
• You are self employed
• You were a heavy smoker
• Your employer went out of business
• You are not certain how or where you were exposed to asbestos
If a family member has died due to an asbestos related injury, compensation may be available to the dependents or to the estate of the deceased relative. The lawyers from Taylor Preston are committed to helping you and those you love. We will fight to recover the fair and just compensation you are entitled to for your injuries.