Asbestos Lawyers

Have you been diagnosed with an asbestos disease? vbr Lawyers supports people in Melbourne and all over Victoria to get the compensation you deserve for your asbestos disease.

Typically takes less than 30 minutes.

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What is an asbestos disease?

Asbestos diseases are a group of serious health conditions caused by asbestos exposure. If you’ve been diagnosed with an asbestos-related illness or disease, then you might be entitled to legal compensation.


Asbestos exposure can lead to severe health complications, like mesothelioma, asbestosis, and lung cancer. These diseases can take many years to develop following exposure.

Do you have an asbestos-related disease claim?

There are specific criteria you need to meet to claim compensation for asbestos-related diseases. If you’re trying to determine whether or not you might have a claim, here’s what you should consider.


You must have a confirmed medical diagnosis of an asbestos-related illness, such as mesothelioma or asbestosis.


You must establish that you were exposed to asbestos in a specific work or living environment.


There must be a company or entity that is proven to be liable for your exposure to asbestos.

Timely action

Legal timeframes apply to asbestos disease claims, so it’s important to act quickly after diagnosis.

Legal representation

Always speak with an asbestos disease lawyer to assess your claim and navigate the legal process.

There are two different kinds of claims.

If you were exposed to asbestos while working in Victoria, you have two different compensation options:


  1. You may be entitled to no-fault benefits from WorkCover if your exposure was after 1 September 1985.


  1. Or, you can make a common law claim in the Supreme Court of Victoria seeking compensation for pain and suffering, economic loss (if applicable), and medical and life care expenses.


Our Melbourne asbestosis lawyers are here to help you choose the best claim type for your circumstances. Family members of persons who were exposed to asbestosis or deceased as a result of asbestos exposure may be entitled to compensation, but strict timelines apply. We’re a trusted asbestosis law firm here in Melbourne.

We understand the life-altering nature of asbestos exposure & these diseases. vbr Lawyers has your back in your asbestos compensation claim.

Types of asbestos diseases.

Asbestos exposure can lead to various diseases. Here are some common types of asbestos-related illnesses.


A rare and aggressive cancer that affects the lining of the lungs, abdomen, or heart.


A chronic lung disease characterised by scarring and inflammation of lung tissue.

Lung Cancer

Asbestos exposure increases the risk of developing lung cancer, particularly in smokers.

Other respiratory conditions

Exposure to asbestos fibres can lead to breathing difficulties and chronic respiratory diseases.

What can be claimed in asbestos disease claims?

Your asbestos compensation claim should aim to provide compensation for a range of losses and expenses specific to your illness. Here are some common losses in asbestos claims.

Medical expenses

Costs for expenses like medical treatment, surgery, chemotherapy, and other necessary treatments.

Lost income

Compensation for income lost due to the illness, including past and future income.

Pain and suffering

Damages for physical and emotional pain caused by your asbestos disease.

Rehabilitation costs

Costs associated with any rehabilitation or medical care linked with rehabilitation.

Other related expenses

Compensation for additional expenses paid due to the disease, like travel for medical appointments.

The asbestos claim process

Talk with a lawyer

The first step is always an obligation-free chat with our asbestos lawyers. vbr Lawyers will ask you about your history of exposure to asbestos and the history of your asbestos related symptoms. This will typically take around 30 minutes.

Get a letter of advice

You’ll receive a letter of advice within a few days of that first chat. We write these and ensure they’re really easy to understand and detail our recommendations for your claim.

Start the process

Once you confirm you’re ready to begin the process, we’ll get started. The process is specific to the claim, but this typically begins with us lodging the relevant paperwork and notifying the relevant parties.

Our asbestosis claim lawyers are a little bit different.

We take a unique approach to your asbestos compensation claim.

Win more for less

It’s lower fees, matched with the right approach for a bigger win.

No win, no fee

Take the risk out of your claim — you don’t pay until we win.

Always deal with a senior lawyer

Deal with a senior lawyer at every stage — not a paralegal.

Work with an award-winning firm

Our asbestos lawyers are award-winning.

A compassionate approach

We know living with asbestos disease is extremely challenging. We’re here for you at every stage.

The opposite of the big firms

Some firms churn and burn through cases. We take a considered approach to each claim.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the common symptoms of asbestos-related diseases?

Asbestos-related diseases can cause a range of symptoms, which will vary depending on the specific illness. The most common symptoms include:


  • Shortness of breath: Difficulty breathing, especially during physical activity.
  • Persistent cough: A chronic cough that may produce mucus or blood.
  • Chest pain: Discomfort or tightness in the chest area.
  • Fatigue: Feeling unusually weak or tired.
  • Weight loss: Unexplained weight loss over time.
    Clubbed fingers and toes: Abnormal swelling of the fingertips and toes.
  • Chest X-ray abnormalities: Abnormal findings on chest X-rays.


If you or a loved one have been exposed to asbestos and are experiencing these symptoms, it’s crucial to seek medical attention immediately.

How long does it take for asbestos-related illnesses to develop?

Asbestos-related illnesses typically have a long latency period. This basically means they may not show symptoms until several years or even decades after you were exposed to asbestos.


The time it takes for these illnesses to develop can vary, but it’s common for symptoms to appear from anything between 10 and as much as 50 years after asbestos exposure. This delayed onset makes it important for individuals who have been exposed to asbestos, even in the distant past, to monitor their health and consult with a healthcare professional if they experience any symptoms.

Can family members of asbestos-exposed individuals file claims?

Yes, in many cases, family members of individuals who were exposed to asbestos and subsequently developed asbestos-related diseases may be eligible to lodge an asbestos compensation claim.


This often applies to secondary exposure cases where family members were exposed to asbestos fibres brought home on clothing, shoes, or through other means. We always recommend consulting with an asbestos lawyer to ensure your claim has the right weight behind it.

What expenses can I claim in an asbestos disease case?

In an asbestos disease case, you may be eligible to claim various expenses related to your illness and its impact on your life (or your loved one’s). These can include:


  • Medical expenses: Costs for diagnosis, treatment, medications, and ongoing medical care.
  • Lost wages: Compensation for income lost due to the illness, including time off work and future earning potential.
  • Pain and suffering: Damages for physical and emotional distress caused by the disease.
  • Funeral expenses: If the asbestos-related disease leads to a fatality, funeral and burial costs may be covered.


The specific expenses you can claim will depend on the details of your case and your specific circumstances. Speak with an asbestos lawyer to get a better understanding of asbestos claims, how they work, and your eligibility.

Our asbestos lawyers have your back. Let’s talk about your claim.

Make vbr Lawyers your partner through your asbestosis compensation claim. A multi-award-winning firm with a stellar reputation, our lawyers have your back.

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