Asbestos 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

Contact your local team for a personal consultation to find out if you are eligible to make a claim. Call 1800 251 800 or contact us today.



Most medical negligence claims are not clear cut. The way we determine whether a person has a medical negligence claim is by conducting a thorough investigation. This investigation involves taking a detailed history from the person involved and any witnesses available. We then request a complete copy of their medical records. Once we have all the material we require, we analyse it carefully. We then qualify an independent like-trained expert to comment on whether they consider the standard of treatment and care provided to that person was acceptable.

If that expert is prepared to criticise the treatment or care as being below an acceptable standard, then it is only at that time that we can establish that a person actually has a medical negligence claim.

A medical negligence claim can be brought against any person or entity who has a duty of care in providing competent and reasonable medical treatment to a patient. Medical negligence claims are most commonly brought against public and private hospital medical and nursing staff, as well as specialist doctors. However, claims can also be brought against:
  • General Practitioners
  • Radiologists
  • Dental Professionals
  • Chiropractors and Osteopaths
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Facilities responsible for a person’s care such as a Correctional Centre
A claim can be made a against more than one person or entity should multiple medical professionals breach their duty of care towards a person.
Medical negligence is a complex and highly technical area of law, and making a medical negligence claim requires experienced and expert lawyers to assist you with the process.
In New South Wales, there is a time limit in which a person can bring a medical negligence claim. This time limit is 3 years from the date of discoverability, which is the first date a person ought to have known:
  • That an injury has occurred.
  • That the injury was caused by the fault of another person.
  • That the injury was sufficiently serious to justify bringing a claim.

As can be seen, there are some circumstances in which a person can bring a claim for an injury which occurred more than 3 years ago. However, to determine whether this is possible requires a detailed understanding of your situation to help us advise you further.

Every medical negligence claim is uniquie, and brings its own challenges with individual facts and issues. Therefore, there is no typical timeframe within which medical negligence claims may resolve. In our experience, medical negligence claims can take anywhere from 2 to 4 years to resolve. How long each claim takes to resolve depends on a lot of different factors, many of which are outside our control. The main factors which impact how long a medical negligence claim can take to resolve include:
  • The time taken to access medical records
  • The complexity of the medical issues involved in the case
  • The availability of experts
How vigorously the claim is defended by the defendant lawyers.

Being injured as a result of a medical professional’s negligent treatment and care can be life changing. Unfortunately, it often results in permanent pain and suffering, ongoing treatment expenses, requirement for care and loss of income. Bringing a medical negligence claim is about your future financial security.

Although, compensation is unable to change what has happened to a victim of medical negligence, it can go a long way towards alleviating any financial stresses which people often find themselves in as a result of the injury they have suffered.

Stacks Goudkamp are highly experienced and specialised personal injury lawyers. Our medical negligence lawyers specialise only in medical negligence litigation. This means they are a dedicated expert in the area and can ensure you receive the very best outcome to which you are entitled.

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