Dust Disease Claims Sydney
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AM Legal Compensation Lawyers has experience in handling Dust Disease claims Sydney, and represents people who have contracted dust diseases such as asbestosis, mesothelioma and silicosis through the negligence of others on a “No Win No Fee” basis. He can help you navigate the statutory and common law schemes and dust disease claims.
Antony Mastrogiannis has almost 20 years experience in personal injury / compensation law. Antony is a specialist in the field by the Law Society of NSW. He is also an approved legal services provider for the WorkCover Independent Review Officer. Antony can use his skill and experience to investigate your dust diseases claim and recover the maximum possible compensation for you.
Several years ago Antony acted for defendants such as CSR Australia in dust disease claim Sydney litigation. Since around 2005 Antony has used his experience for the benefit of injured people only. He can use this knowledge and experience for your advantage.
Our head office is Hurstville, in close proximity to the St George, Sutherland Shire and Sydney CBD. Antony also sees clients in offices at Parramatta, and, performs home visits when necessary by appointment.
Silicosis & Dust Disease Claims
Traditionally associated with the mining industry, silicosis causes scarring of the lungs leading to progressive respiratory impairment. Some sufferers eventually require a lung transplant and it may lead to death.
Across the globe, annual deaths from silicosis are dropping. However, Australian medical and legal experts are alarmed to note a recent spike in new cases of life-threatening silicosis. This spike has been attributed to occupational exposure (often by tradies) to so-called engineered or artificial stone products often used for kitchen bench tops.
NEWS 2017 - Dust Disease Claims Sydney
The first wave mined asbestos and the second wave – generally tradespeople – worked with manufactured asbestos. The third wave brought it into their homes, mostly do-it-yourself home renovators exposed while fixing up the family home.
The numbers of third-wave victims are not declining. In fact, lawyers specialising in asbestos cases warn the peak is yet to come, and that homeowners are still being put at risk.
Unlike the first and second waves, third-wave victims may have also exposed their children. Herman’s daughter Heidi remembers playing in asbestos dust when her father was building the back room, using off cuts like chalk to draw on the ground in the backyard.
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“The first wave mined asbestos and the second wave – generally tradespeople – worked with manufactured asbestos. The third wave brought it into their homes, mostly do-it-yourself home renovators exposed while fixing up the family home.”
NEWS 2017 - Asbestos Litigation
On 26 May 2017 Judge Gilchrist of the District Court of South Australia delivered his decision in the matter of Latz v Amaca Pty Ltd (formerly James Hardie & Co Pty Ltd). It included an award of compensation for lost pension payments in the “lost years”, a first.
The claimant Mr Latz was a retired surveyor that had terminal malignant mesothelioma. He alleged that this resulted from exposure to asbestos that was produced by James Hardie & Coy Pty Ltd during the course of building, construction and renovation work carried out at a house residence that he had constructed in Glenalta, South Australia between 1976 and 1977.
The Court accepted that Mr Latz erected a fence on the Glenalta property in that time period that was comprised of asbestos sheets that were manufactured and sold by James Hardie & Coy Pty Ltd, which caused the exposure to asbestos dust (dust disease claims). In conclusion, the Court decided he was entitled to judgment for damages.
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For more information on Dust Disease Claims contact Antony on 02 9546 8835.
Diseases suffered as a result of dust and asbestos have special claim processes. Such diseases include asbestosis, mesothelioma and lung cancer. If you have been exposed to asbestos or have a dust related disease, you may be entitled to make a claim.