Silica Dust Disease – Silicosis Compensation Lawyers NSW
Making a Silicosis Compensation Claim? Burke Mead Lawyers Are Personal Injury Experts
Burke Mead Lawyers is an experienced team of compensation lawyers, assisting clients with a range of personal injury law services, including silicosis compensation 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 workers compensation claims will assist you in receiving the support you need.
Whether you are dealing with a straightforward compensation claim or need support with more complex compensation law, our team can offer guidance and expert advice every step of the way.
For practical legal advice, contact Burke Mead Lawyers about a silicosis compensation consultation today.
The Benefits of Working with Silicosis Compensation Lawyers
If you have been exposed to silica dust in your workplace and you have been diagnosed with silicosis, or any other silica dust-related condition (such as lung cancer), you may be eligible to make a work injury claim for compensation. Our team of personal injury lawyers are experienced in handling all kinds of workers’ compensation claims, including silicosis compensation, and can help you navigate the process of making a claim.
The process of making a compensation claim can be complex and involves a significant number of forms, medical appointments, the involvement of medical and/or psychological professionals, insurance companies, etc. However, thanks to workers’ compensation legislation, if you have been injured at work you have access to specialist lawyers (all the lawyers at Burke Mead are qualified), who can represent you and advocate for you every step of the way.
This is why seeking legal advice in personal injury matters is extremely beneficial, as compensation lawyers specialise in the mediation and negotiation of work injury disputes.
Burke Mead Lawyers are some of the top personal injury lawyers in Newcastle, the Hunter region, and Central Coast, led by Emma Mead – the Director of Burke Mead Lawyers and 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 at [email protected] and find out what to do and how we can assist you.
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Silicosis Compensation FAQs
Regarding silica dust exposure and work injury, 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 a silica-dust 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 BurkeMead Lawyers.
Silicosis is a long-term and incurable lung disease caused by inhaling large amounts of crystalline silica dust – a substance naturally found in certain types of stone, rock, sand and clay. Working with these materials can create a very fine dust that can be easily inhaled and can lead to the development of lung disease, usually caused by regular exposure over years.
The most common symptoms of silicosis include persistent coughing, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, and chest pain.
Proving you have silicosis is a medical process and you will need to work with your GP and relevant specialists. If your doctor suspects you may be suffering from silicosis, you may be referred to a specialist for testing to confirm the diagnosis. Tests you may have include scans, such as a chest X-ray or CT scan, to produce detailed images of your lungs and detect any abnormalities. You may also need to undergo lung function testing (spirometry) – essentially, you breathe into a machine that can measure how well your lungs are functioning. There may also be other tests done to eliminate other possibilities.
The value of a claim will depend on the type of silicosis disease you have been diagnosed with or how severe it is, as well as whether or not you are able to work. Claims for compensation for silicosis 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.
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 BurkeMead’s personal injury lawyers is to assist claimants in making a successful claim to receive the full amount of compensation they’re entitled to.
Your ability to make a silicosis claim for is not impacted by other medical conditions. Expert medical specialists will be able to separate the impact of silicosis on your health and wellbeing from your other medical conditions. Even if other medical conditions are present or pre-existing, the effects of silicosis can be identified and you can make a claim based on the impact of the silicosis alone.
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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