Asbestos Disease Solicitors - Miner Compensation Claims - Australia



Our Australian asbestos disease solicitors are experts in their field. If you are suffering from an asbestos related condition, you may be entitled to compensation. legal advice is available by calling our helpline, completing the contact form or sending an email.

Asbestos Minerals

Asbestos is a general term that applies to a group of minerals. These minerals include the serpentine minerals chrysotile (white asbestos) and the amphibole minerals crocidolite (blue asbestos), grunerite (amosite), and the fibrous forms of anthophyllite, tremolite and actinolite.

Asbestos in Mines

In areas where asbestiform minerals are encountered, airborne asbestos fibres may appear in the dust produced during blasting, crushing and subsequent handling and processing. It is the responsibility of the mine operator to ensure that mining operations are carried out in a safe manner. In Western Australia, asbestos minerals have been found in the 'greenstone belts' which host the State's major gold and nickel deposits, and in the Banded Iron Formations of the Hamersley Basin. Asbestos minerals are also likely to be encountered in the Ord Range, Yilgarn, Pilbara Cratons, Kimberley and Pilbara Regions, Southwest, Ashburton, Gascoyne, Murchison, Warburton, and Goldfields.

In New South Wales, asbestos has been found at Baryulgil; in the Woods Rheef Mine on the Ironbark Creek; and Jones' Creek near Gundagai.

In South Australia, crocilodite was mined in Robertstown. The Oraparinna Asbestos Mine is located just off the Enorama Creek.

Asbestos Related Illness

When asbestos minerals are crushed or otherwise impacted upon through handling and processing, asbestos fibres may be released. The danger is that workers may inhale asbestos fibres which lodge in the lungs and can cause a number of asbestos illnesses.

Exposure to fibres can cause several different types of asbestos disease such as:

    Lung cancer - cancer of the bronchial lining or lung tissue which is usually fatal.

    Pleural plaques - patches of thickening of the pleural membrane in the lungs. Plaques show up on scans such as x-rays and CT. Plaques usually don't cause any symptoms.

    Asbestosis - progressive scarring of lungs. As the disease slowly progresses, the scarred lung tissue hardens, making it increasingly difficult for the lungs to expand and contract. This leads to shortness of breath, or a dry cough or chest pain.

    Mesothelioma - cancer cells are found in the sac lining the chest (the pleura) or abdomen (the peritoneum). Mesothelioma has the longest latency of any asbestos-related disease, usually taking between 20 and 40 years or more to develop. Mesothelioma is a fatal disease. There is no cure.

No Win No Fee Solicitor

Our Australian asbestos disease solicitors can act for you on a No Win No Fee basis. This means that there are no upfront costs, and you do not have to pay your solicitor's fees if your claim is unsuccessful. Call our legal helpline, send an email or complete the contact form to find out about your rights to asbestos compensation and how a No Win No Fee agreement operates.