Also known as the Dust Diseases Authority – formerly known as the Dust Diseases Board
icareDust Diseases Care provides limited financial compensation and also material type support to people who have been diagnosed with a dust related disease, as a result of being exposed whilst working as an employee in NSW – it doesn’t matter where you live, you still may be eligible for support or compensation, as long as your asbestos exposure was whilst working as an employee covered by NSW’s Workcover. They also conduct lung screening at their Sydney CBD facility and at work places throughout NSW, via their mobile screening trailer unit, and a new portable service – see the two tiles below for further information. Apart from their Lung Screening services icare Dust Diseases Care does not have their own care providers, they utilise services already available in the community.
Along with compensation, they also fund on-going assistance to improve quality-of-life. This is perhaps the main advantage of being part of being registered with icare Dust Diseases Care. The type of things we are talking about on the personal side, can include funding of; medication and treatment from health professionals; oxygen; mobility aids; recliner chairs; personal care; as well as general assistance such as domestic support; lawn mowing; and respite care for families. On the material side they may pay to have things done like fitting handrails in bathrooms and toilets; install ramps; and even install temporary portable facilities. Whilst this is not something many people want to talk about, they also compensate a realistic amount for funeral services.
To gain all these benefits if you qualify to be registered with icareDust Diseases Care, you must apply and be accepted. It is preferable you contact the Bernie Banton Foundation to further talk about the services offered by icareDust Diseases Care and how to registered if you qualify, before filling out, and sending in your application.
The role of icare Dust Diseases Care for those registered with it, can be summed up as being the body responsible for organising and/or paying for a myriad of Supportive Care Options as outlined above. This normally happens after a GP, the treating specialist, occupational therapist, or third party responsible person decides the necessity for them.
Clear communication lines are vital for this process to to take place in a timely manner. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with an asbestos related disease, and your exposure was whilst working as an employee in NSW, it is important to contact the Bernie Banton Foundation as soon as being diagnosed, so we can help go through the application, the options, and the processes, and thus ensure they are put in place as soon as possible.
We do, and will, advocate to icare Dust Diseases Care on behalf of a sufferer or their loved one – we are here to help you during these often stressful times.
Note: Registering and receiving compensation and care services from icareDust Diseases Care does not negate your right to make a common law claim for compensation. In fact, being eligible to register with icareDust Diseases Care will normally assist a specialist asbestos litigator to gain you compensation from the likes of James Hardie Industries, CSR, BHP etc. It is important to contact us to arrange a specialist dust litigator for legal help to not only assist in filling out the icareDust Diseases Care application forms, but also to commence common law litigation as well.
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