At Gerard Malouf & Partners we are Accredited Specialists in Personal Injury Law with over twenty six years experience. During this time we have become experts in claims involving exposures to dust from asbestos, silica and other dusts that result in Mesothelioma, Asbestosis, Silicosis and various other dust related conditions. We have access to an outstanding panel of specialist doctors and barristers who act in the area of Dust Diseases.
We are expert in being able to assist in lodging claims with the Dust Diseases Board of NSW, WorkCover Queensland and in litigating claims in the Dust Diseases Tribunal of NSW and interstate.
We act for people suffering the effects of dust diseases, including Mesothelioma, Asbestosis, Silicosis and other dust related conditions every day and we understand the nature of these diseases, and that symptoms in relation to exposure often manifest as late as twenty or thirty years after the initial exposure but with a sudden onset.
Mesothelioma Cancer Compensation
Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that forms in the protective lining that surrounds the lungs (pleura) or abdomen (peritoneum) after asbestos fibres, inhaled 15 to 40 years before, transform from the inflammation, scarring and genetic damage caused when they become lodged in the protective lining of the organ.
Mesothelioma usually requires an exposure to asbestos fibres greater than usual background exposure. In 2009 we won a landmark settlement where the client’s exposure to asbestos dust and fibre was limited to 4 hours but this was only achieved through our expert and thorough preparation.
Common symptoms include chest pain, coughing up sputum, shortness of breath, difficulty swallowing, weight loss and fatigue.
Asbestosis Lung Disease Compensation
Asbestosis is a form of lung disease caused by short high-intensity or moderate long-term exposure to asbestos dust and fibre. It is caused when asbestos fibres are inhaled and become lodged inside a person’s lungs which causes scarring or “fibrosis” of the lung tissue and results in the lung becoming more rigid or restrictive This limits the lungs’ ability to expand and contract thereby restricting the ability to breathe in fresh air and expel used air, particularly after exertion.
The most common symptoms include shortness of breath, a dry cough, fatigue and pain.
Generally it takes between 5 and 20 years for symptoms of asbestosis to develop after first exposure to the asbestos fibres and generally there is a gradual deterioration of the fibrosis so that symptoms worsen over time.
This disease may shorten a life but more often than not it merely severely hampers what activities a person can do.