If you have been injured or diagnosed with a condition resulting from exposure to asbestos or some sort of dust, in Queensland or elsewhere, you may be entitled to compensation.
This could have happened at work or elsewhere. If it happened at work, all employers in Australia must hold workers’ compensation insurance or be licensed as a self-insurer. Most manufacturers, importers and distributors of asbestos also hold insurance or have set up schemes to handle claims and make compensation payments. We can advise you in detail about your right to claim and your prospects of success.
Your claim will be handled by the insurer and it is the insurer who will pay any damages.
In Queensland, there are two separate stages to a workers’ compensation claim – the statutory claim phase and the common law claim for damages. Significant lump sum payments can be available for asbestos and dust disease claims. MurphySchmidt can assist with both stages of the claim. Different rules apply in other states and overseas – we can advise you about that.
We can advise you about making a claim in the NSW Dust Diseases Tribunal.
We can also assist you if you have a Comcare claim.
Your family may also be able to make a separate claim. We can advise you about this.