Asbestos Claims – Personal Injury Claims

Stacks Goudkamp specialises in bringing personal injury claims for employees and other
persons who were exposed to asbestos and have developed an asbestos-related illness or
disease. Many Australians were exposed to asbestos over decades in the past and have
developed debilitating and, in some instances, fatal illnesses.

At Stacks Goudkamp, our experienced personal injury lawyers can assist you in making a claim
and obtaining compensation. We operate on the “no win, no pay” principle where we only
charge you professional costs and disbursements in the event that you are successful in
obtaining compensation or damages.

What Can I Claim For?

There are many types of asbestos-related illnesses which can be subject to compensation
claims. They include the following:

  1. Mesothelioma: This is a type of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos dust.
    Mesothelioma is a fatal condition. It can be caused by long and extensive exposure to
    asbestos or even indirect and transient exposure to asbestos. The latency period can be
    between 10 and up to 40 years. There can be instant and severe symptoms.
  2. Asbestosis: This is a “dose-related” disease developed over a long period of time. For
    example, somebody who worked in an asbestos factory.
  3. Pleural plaques: Pleural plaques are thickening caused by fibrosis of the pleura, that is
    the lining of the lungs.
  4. Asbestos-related pleural disease (ARPD): This covers a number of different related
    illnesses caused by exposure to asbestos.
  5. Asbestos-related lung cancer: This is a lung cancer that has been caused solely or in connection with exposure to asbestos.

If you have been exposed to asbestos or develop any one of the above-mentioned illnesses,
please contact us as soon as possible. We will organise for you to make an application with the
Dust Diseases Authority which administers a “no fault” scheme.

Making Compensation Claims with the Dust Diseases Authority

Stacks Goudkamp can assist you with making a compensation claim with the Dust Diseases
Authority (DDA) and can bring claims on your behalf before the Dust Diseases Tribunal in a
compassionate and respectful manner. The DDA will at no charge to you organise for medical
examinations, lung function tests, chest x-rays and CT scans.

The DDA will investigate your claim and if you have been found to suffer from an asbestos-
related disease, you will be entitled to an award for weekly compensation. The DDA keeps an
eye on persons who have obtained a compensation payment to see if there has been any
deterioration.

The Dust Diseases Tribunal

If you are entitled to further compensation or damages, then our team of personal injury lawyers
can bring a claim in the Dust Diseases Tribunal (DDT) which has jurisdiction in relation to dust-
related conditions such as asbestos-related pleural disease, asbestosis and mesothelioma.
This tribunal is a specialist tribunal which allows us to obtain common law damages on your
behalf including amounts for pain and suffering, past and future medical expenses, past and
future care and assistance, past and future economic loss.

Why Choose Stacks Goudkamp?

Our personal injury lawyers have acted in cases dealing with employees from the Department of
Defence, Royal Australian Navy, Telecom, Postmaster General, and also for cases of indirect
exposure. Our team can always work out the best avenue for you to proceed to obtain
compensation and/or damages.

We are able to obtain expert evidence from the relevant specialists and other experts in order to
litigate the cases. The overwhelming number of cases now settle at mediation and we will guide you through the process in a systematic way.

Get in Touch with Our Personal Injury Lawyers

If you or someone you know needs assistance with a personal injury claim, you should contact
us without delay for a free, no-obligation interview. Our free call number is 1800 46 8362.