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Asbestos in Australia

The term asbestos refers to a group of fibrous minerals, which are divided into two types: serpentine asbestos and amphibole asbestos. Amphibole asbestos fibres are known to be more harmful as they are sharper and smaller than serpentine asbestos fibres. They therefore penetrate the lung more deeply and stay in the lung for longer. The serpentine group includes chrysotile (white asbestos) and the amphibole group includes crocidolite (blue asbestos) and amosite, (brown asbestos).

Asbestos has previously been described as a “magic” or “miracle” mineral due to its incredible thermal properties. Asbestos can withstand fire and acid, and is an effective insulator against electricity and sound. Asbestos occurs naturally and has been mined in Australia (Wittenoom and Baryulgil), South Africa, Zimbabwe, Canada and Russia.

Where is asbestos found?

Historically, Australia has been the highest per capita user of asbestos or asbestos products in the world. Asbestos was found in many building materials, such as flat and corrugated fibro cement sheet, pipes, eaves on houses, roofing, floor tiles, fire protection for structural steelwork in buildings and ships and vehicle brake linings and gaskets. In fact, in Australia asbestos was used in brake linings until 2002.

Mesothelioma Cancer

Mesothelioma is a form of cancer which affects the thin membranes which line the chest wall. This is called pleural mesothelioma. Less frequently it can affect the linings of the abdomen. This type is called peritoneal mesothelioma. Sadly it is a very aggressive and rapidly progressive cancer with an average prognosis or life expectancy of approximately 12 months. There are certain therapeutic and palliative treatment options available to sufferers of mesothelioma and these should be discussed with your medical team.

What causes Mesothelioma?

Nearly 100% of cases of Mesothelioma are caused by previous exposure to asbestos. As there is no safe level of asbestos exposure, the asbestos exposure does not need to have been heavy to cause Mesothelioma. For the majority of people diagnosed with mesothelioma the exposure to asbestos occurred 20 to 50 years ago. Frequently when people are diagnosed with Mesothelioma they cannot recall with certainty their exposure to asbestos. Mesothelioma more commonly occurs to people who are exposed to asbestos in the workplace such as carpenters, plumbers, electricians, air-conditioning installers, shipbuilders, merchant seaman and manufacturers of asbestos products. These groups have sometimes had heavy and regular exposures to asbestos. However not all people who are exposed to asbestos develop mesothelioma. Smoking tobacco does not cause mesothelioma.

Mesothelioma Compensation Claims

Almost all cases of mesothelioma are caused by previous exposure to asbestos in either the workplace or at home using asbestos building products. Therefore almost everyone who is diagnosed with Mesothelioma in Australia should investigate bringing a legal claim for compensation. In most Australian states the process for bringing legal claims for compensation for mesothelioma is straightforward. 

Legal Advice

Depending on the treatment you are receiving and how you are feeling it is advisable to see a lawyer as soon as you are up to it to discuss your potential claim.  You should be aware that you need to commence your claim in court within your lifetime to protect your rights to full compensation.

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