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.
What Can I Claim For?
There are many types of asbestos-related illnesses which can be subject to compensation claims. They include the following:
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.