Asbestos and Dust Disease
If you believe you have been exposed to asbestos and are experiencing health issues, it is crucial to seek expert legal advice. The process of claiming compensation for asbestos-related diseases can be complex, involving considerations such as the location and timing of exposure, the nature of the exposure (work-related or non-work-related), and the current status of the employer.
What is Asbestosis
Asbestosis is a chronic inflammatory lung condition caused by long-term and heavy exposure to asbestos. Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that was once widely used in construction, shipbuilding, and other industries due to its fire-resistant properties. However, it was later discovered that asbestos exposure could lead to severe health problems.
Asbestosis is characterized by the scarring of lung tissue, leading to difficulty breathing and reduced lung function. The disease typically develops after prolonged inhalation of asbestos fibers, with symptoms often appearing years or even decades after exposure.
As mentioned, asbestos is highly carcinogenic, and even minimal exposure can lead to serious health issues. The risks come from inhaling asbestos fibers, which can remain dormant in the body for many years before causing diseases like lung cancer or mesothelioma.
Historically, many people were exposed to asbestos without being aware of its dangers, particularly in industries like mining and construction. The latency period of asbestos-related diseases, which can be up to fifty years, has made it challenging for individuals to connect their health issues to past exposure.
Dust Diseases Act 2005
To address the difficulties faced by asbestos victims in obtaining compensation, governments, including South Australia, have enacted special legislation like the Dust Diseases Act 2005. This legislation streamlines the compensation process for individuals suffering from asbestos-related diseases, recognizing the urgency of providing compensation before victims pass away.
In South Australia, the legislation establishes presumptions that make it easier for individuals to obtain dust diseases compensation, especially when there is a known history of asbestos exposure. These legal changes expedite the compensation process for victims and their families.
Doconade Lawyers Can Help
At Doconade, our lawyers specialize in compensation claims. Get a free, no-obligation initial interview to assess your situation and discuss the likelihood of a successful claim. Our free, no-obligation 30-minute meeting ensures you understand the compensation process, and if you want to go forward.