Reducing financial stress allows a sufferer and their family to concentrate on dealing with the complications of living with an asbestos related disease.
If you have been exposed to asbestos and have been diagnosed with an asbestos related disease, you may be able to make a ‘common law’ claim through the courts for lump sum damages.
It is possible to make a claim even if:
Your exposure to asbestos occurred many decades ago
You have left the employment where you were exposed
Your employer went out of business years ago
You worked for multiple employers where you may have been exposed
You were self employed or worked under contract
Your exposure did not occur at work
You were exposed in a number of different places
You are not sure where or how your exposure occurred
You are, or have been a heavy smoker
You are living in a different state or country from that in which you were exposed to asbestos
You believe your exposure was indirect. For example, your exposure was caused by a family member or friend bringing home asbestos dust on their clothes
You may also be eligible to make a ‘statutory’ claim against a state or territory compensation scheme as well.
All states have differing laws on compensation, for example: many people with occupational asbestos exposure whilst employed and working in NSW are unaware they may be compensated by the NSW Government’s icare Dust Diseases Care (a ‘statutory’ claim) and still be eligible to make a ‘common law’ claim.
The Bernie Banton Foundation advises all persons diagnosed with an asbestos related disease to seek specialist legal advice. This will allow informed decision making regarding legal matters. It is important that legal advice is obtained as soon as possible after a person is diagnosed with an asbestos condition. Often a substantial amount of compensation will be lost, or a case may be unable to be conducted at all, if it is not pursued in a claimants lifetime. In situations involving grave health, specialist lawyers can sometimes commence proceedings within a matter of hours after speaking with someone suffering an asbestos condition such as mesothelioma, thus protecting their family’s rights.
It is vital to consult a legal firm that has extensive experience in asbestos litigation, as soon as possible after being diagnosed.
The Bernie Banton Foundation can assist you in contacting a specialist asbestos litigation law firm. Please contact us so we can guide you through the ins and outs of not only making a ‘common law’ claim, but also registering with the Dust Diseases Authority if you or a loved one are eligible.
Please Note: We DO NOT charge, or place expectation of donations being made, for any of our services, neither do we have (and never will have) any ‘pay by referral’ or ‘quota’ type relationship with any legal firms, medical specialists, individuals; corporate, union, or government bodies. We do however have relationships with, and recommend people and organisations we believe are specialists at what they do, are holistic and importantly, ethical! We firmly believe the specialist litigators we refer to, meet this criteria – and do not hesitate to refer them.
If you would like us to assist you, please don’t hesitate to call our 24/7 Support Helpline Freecall number 1800 031 731 or email the Support Co-ordinator, Rod Smith via: firstname.lastname@example.org
We advocate on behalf of Australian asbestos disease sufferers and their loved ones, particularly on Supportive Care Option issues such as; medical and legal referral; hospitals and cancer centres; clinical trials; dealing with local councils; palliative care and support networks; and liaising with the NSW Government’s icare Dust Diseases Care (also known as the Dust Diseases Authority and formally known as the Dust Diseases Board).
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If you, or a loved one has been diagnosed
with an ASBESTOS RELATED DISEASE and you would like to talk to somebody who knows what it feels like to be in similar circumstances to what you are in, whether you are a sufferer or carer, please phone the Foundation’s 24/7 Support Helpline Freecall® number: 1800 031 731
Note: The Bernie Banton Foundation is not accredited to provide advice. The information and/or advice provided is for assistance only. The advice of a qualified specialist should always be sought before making legal or medical decisions.