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If you have been exposed to asbestos at some time in your past and have been diagnosed with any form of asbestos disease including mesothelioma you may have a claim for lump sum compensation.
An asbestos claim is NOT affected if you -
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Anyone who contracts a disease caused by exposure to asbestos and other dusts while at work in Queensland may be eligible for a significant workers compensation lump sum payment and other benefits through an application to WorkCover Queensland.
Diseases like asbestos cancer mesothelioma or asbestos related lung cancers can still attract lump sum compensation even where asbestos exposure occurred many years ago.
Anyone exposed to asbestos in Queensland, even if their exposure occurred while they were not an employee, may pursue damages in court, and a significant lump sum compensation may be obtained.
Those eligible for this type of compensation include self-employed carpenters, home handymen and women, and even spouses or children who have asbestos disease and were exposed to asbestos through something like work clothes.
These types of claims are much quicker than other compensation claims. If your claim is a statutory claim, it may be completed within 2-4 months. If your matter needs to go to court, it will take longer though most claims will settle without having to go to court.
Claims for compensation for asbestos disease can be fast-tracked when someone is terminally ill to ensure they are finalised in the sufferer’s lifetime. These types of claims are generally much quicker than other compensation claims.
Sometimes, death benefit claims can be pursued for lump sum compensation in circumstances where a family member has tragically lost his/her life from asbestos disease.
Time limits apply to making these claims so you should seek legal advice as soon as possible to make sure your rights and compensation entitlements are protected.
Under the law of negligence, compensation is usually made up of a number of different components including:
There are various forms of asbestos disease. The most common forms of asbestos disease are -