From road accidents and work-related injuries, through to falls in public spaces and poor medical treatment, there are many instances where compensation claims come in to play – and at Henry Carus + Associates we deal with them all.
Compensation for Asbestos Related Diseases
Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral with properties that make it ideal for building and construction. It is fire resistant, makes excellent thermal insulation, is inexpensive to produce, and when added to cement, increases its strength and lifespan. Tragically, asbestos also has a downside that far outweighs its usefulness as a building product. The fibres and dust produced by asbestos can result in diseases that are often deadly, and don’t reveal their symptoms until decades after exposure.
This article will look at the diseases caused by asbestos, the people who are most at risk, and what you can do to seek compensation if you or a loved one have been affected by exposure to asbestos.
What are asbestos related illnesses?
Asbestos contains thin gossamer-like fibres, which can be released into the air if the asbestos is disturbed. These fibres can be inhaled and are responsible for lung-related diseases such as pleural mesothelioma, pericardial mesothelioma, peritoneal mesothelioma, lung cancer, asbestosis, pleural disease, and pleural plaques.
Unfortunately, no treatment can reverse the effects of asbestos on your lungs. There are, however, treatments that can relieve the symptoms and help slow the progress of the disease.
Who is at risk?
People most at risk of exposure to asbestos fibres include those who are involved in trades such as construction, carpentry, plumbing, electrical engineering, insulation work, and shipbuilding, as asbestos has been extensively used in these industries.
NSW has the highest number of deaths from mesothelioma in Australia, as it was the first state to begin mining asbestos and produced the largest amounts. Other states have varying proportions of mesothelioma sufferers in relation to their size and the presence of natural asbestos.
The reason that Australia has one of the highest rates of mesothelioma related deaths in the world is because we also had one of the highest rates of asbestos use in the world. From the 1950s to 1970s, asbestos was used extensively in the construction, building, and textile industries, and continued to be used even after it had been banned in other countries.