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Expert Asbestos Compensation Lawyers

Burke Mead Lawyers is an experienced team of compensation lawyers, assisting clients with a range of law services, including compensation for asbestos exposure and other work injury-related claims.

Our compensation services are delivered by a team of personal injury law experts, whose experience with court proceedings and knowledge of compensation claims will assist you in receiving the support you need.

Whether you are dealing with a standard or more complex asbestos compensation claim, our team can offer support, guidance, and expert advice every step of the way.

For practical legal advice regarding your asbestos claim, contact Burke Mead Lawyers for a consultation today.

The Benefits of Working with Asbestosis Lawyers

If you are suffering from an asbestos-related disease and believe you were exposed to asbestos while at work, you may be able to claim compensation, and to ensure the best possible outcome you will need legal representation. Compensation lawyers specialise in the mediation and negotiation of work injury disputes and have experience in navigating these often complex and lengthy processes.

The compensation process can be logistically, mentally, emotionally, and physically difficult – there can be a significant amount of forms to fill out, medical appointments to attend, medical and psychological professionals to meet with, and insurance companies to deal with throughout this complex process.

However, thanks to workers’ compensation legislation, you are able to access specialist workers’ compensation lawyers (all the lawyers at Burke Mead are qualified) who can provide legal advice and assistance in making asbestos compensation claims.

Burke Mead Lawyers are some of the top personal injury lawyers in Newcastle, the Hunter region, and the Central Coast. The team is led by Emma Mead, the Director of Burke Mead Lawyers, an Accredited Specialist in Personal Injury Law and Accredited Mediator.

When an insurer refuses to pay medical bills and treatment or stops paying your wages, you can call us on 4902 3800, or email us on [email protected] and find out what to do and how we can assist you.


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Asbestos Compensation FAQs

Regarding asbestos exposure, asbestos-related diseases, and work injuries solely based in New South Wales, there are no time limits on making a claim with ICare or bringing a court action in the Dust Diseases Tribunal of New South Wales. If the exposure occurred in other states, as well as in NSW, you may be subject to time limits depending on the legislation in those States or Territories.

If you believe you are entitled to compensation for asbestos disease, the best course of action is to contact a law firm experienced in work injury compensation claims as soon as possible. For legal advice, contact Burke Mead Lawyers.

Asbestosis is a chronic lung disease that is caused by inhaling asbestos dust or asbestos fibres, usually over a long period of time. Prolonged asbestos exposure can cause lung tissue scarring, develop into asbestos-related diseases, and can increase your risk of lung cancer. Asbestosis symptoms can range from mild to severe, and usually don’t appear until many years after initial exposure. Symptoms can include shortness of breath, persistent coughing, chest pain or tightness in the chest, dry and crackling sounds when inhaling, and “clubbing” of the fingertips and toes (they appear unusually wider and rounder at the tips).

The value of a claim will depend on the type and severity of the asbestos-related disease you have been diagnosed with, as well as whether or not you are able to work. Asbestos claims for compensation have a wide range of outcomes, from compensation for ongoing medical expenses to lump sum payments. The compensation you may receive is dependent on your individual circumstances and ongoing needs, which is why it’s important that you seek legal advice PRIOR to accepting any lump-sum payment from an insurer.

For more clarity around potential compensation, it’s best to speak with a legal professional regarding your case.

 You are able to make a compensation claim for asbestos disease, as it is not impacted by other medical conditions. Expert medical specialists will be able to separate the impact of asbestos exposure and the related lung damage on your health from your other medical conditions. Even if other medical conditions are present or pre-existing, the effects of asbestosis can be identified and you can make a claim based on the impact of the disease alone.

As Workers’ Compensation is a type of insurance and a requirement for all NSW employers, any payout following a successful compensation claim will be paid by your employer’s insurance company.

The purpose of insurance companies is to provide cover for specific circumstances. In the case of Workers’ Compensation, it provides peace of mind for businesses in the event employees suffer work-related injuries or diseases.

The role of Burke Mead Lawyers is to assist you in making a successful claim to receive the full amount of compensation you are entitled to.

In NSW there are no “out of pocket” costs if you are eligible to make a statutory workers’ compensation claim. The Independent Review Office (IRO) provides funding upon successful application, which covers most costs.

We understand finances can be a complicated matter and can discuss all financial information during the initial obligation-free consultation.

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Personal injury laws differ from state to state, if you are not in NSW, please contact your relevant state Law society for further assistance.