Asbestos Disease Claims

Asbestos Claims | VBR Lawyers

If you have been diagnosed with any form of asbestos disease or dust related condition, you are highly likely to be entitled to receive compensation.

We have significant expertise in recovering compensation for our client with any and all of the following conditions:-

  • Malignant mesothelioma
  • Asbestos Related Lung Cancer
  • Asbestos Related Kidney Cancer
  • Asbestos Related Oesophageal Cancer
  • Asbestosis
  • Silicosis
  • Asbestos Related Pleural Disease
  • Asbestos Related Pleural Plaques causing chest pain and/or shortness of breath
  • Progressive Massive Fibrosis (PMF)
  • Coal Miners Black Lung, COPD and Emphysema
  • Occupational Ashtma (welding fumes, wood dust, chlorine, wool, various forms of chemical exposure, paint)

If you have been exposed to asbestos whilst working in Victoria you will usually have two compensation options:-

  • If your exposure was after 1 September 1985 and in the course of your employment, you may be entitled to no-fault benefits from WorkCover.
  • Common law claimin the in the Supreme Court of Victoria seeking compensation for your pain and suffering, economic loss (if applicable) and medical and like care expenses.

Which compensation option is best for you will depend on many things including which asbestos disease you have been diagnosed with, how long you have been living with the disease, your life expectancy, your age, and availability of witnesses to confirm your exposure. We will advise you about which option will best suit your situation.

Significant compensation is also available for family members who have been diagnosed with an asbestos disease – for example where asbestos exposure has occurred when laundering the work clothing of their partner, or from assisting in home renovations. Similarly, dependants of persons who have passed away from asbestos disease can also make a claim for compensation but strict time limits do apply.

Our long experience in handling claims for clients with these serious conditions means that we have the knowledge, expertise to achieve the best results, while always recognising that time is of the essence. In your time of need, you will find us to be both sensitive and caring professionals absolutely dedicated to achieving the best outcome for you at a very reasonable cost.

  • No Win – No Fee
  • Senior Lawyer acting for you from start to finish
  • Very competitive hourly rates
  • Pay Less Get More policy

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes. We offer our services to our clients on a “No Win – No Fee” basis.

At vbr Lawyers, our No Win – No fee policy is this:-

(a) You will only ever pay legal fees for the work we do at the end of your claim and if and only if you win;

(b) We will fund and run the case for you and the legal costs will come out of your settlement monies which are paid by the insurer;

(c) In the very, very unlikely event that your claim goes to court and in the even more unlikely event that a trial is required and you lose, you would still pay us nothing but you are likely to be ordered by the court to pay the other side’s legal costs.

Most likely, yes. If you have been diagnosed with an asbestos related disease such as asbestosis or mesothelioma or asbestos related lung cancer, there is a very good prospect that you will have a valuable claim for compensation.

You can pursue the following compensation entitlements: –

  1. If your exposure was after 1 September 1985 and in the course of your employment, you may be entitled to the following no-fault benefits from WorkCover:

Weekly payments

You may be entitled to weekly payments depending on how much you are able to work whilst suffering from a work-related injury/illness. Payments are calculated as a percentage of your pre-injury/illness weekly earnings.

Reasonable medical and like expenses:-

  • a) Ambulance and hospital expenses
  • b) Doctors and other medical attendances (including travel expenses)
  • c) Medications and aides
  • d) Personal and household expenses
  • e) Rehabilitation costs (including counselling and household assistance).

2. A court claim for damages can be instituted against past employers / insurers / manufacturers for lump sum compensation.

For solely based Victorian asbestos exposure, there is a primary 3-year limitation period for bringing a court claim.

If the 3-year primary period has expired, a 12-month extension of time can be granted to bring a court-based claim.

Rarely do we see asbestos disease claims being deemed “out of time”, but it is very important you seek immediate legal advice to stop the clock running and protect your entitlement.

For mesothelioma cases, damages can easily range from $500,000.00 to $1,000,000.00 depending on the circumstances of the case.

It usually takes between 4 to 6 months to complete a court action. If required, this timeframe can be shortened to a matter of weeks.

For asbestosis cases, damages can easily range from $250,000.00 to $500,000.00 depending on the circumstances of the case.

It usually takes between 4 to 6 months to complete a court action.  If required, this timeframe can be shortened to a matter of weeks.

Yes, but we would need to identify the relevant workers’ compensation insurer on call / on risk during any periods of asbestos exposure.

It is rare for us not to be able to identify a relevant insurer.

If no insurer can be found, then a case can always proceed against the manufacturer of any asbestos products used during the period of work.

Yes. The impact on your health and wellbeing due to your asbestos disease can be isolated from your other medical conditions by expert medical specialists. Even if other medical conditions are present, the effects of asbestos disease can be identified and compensated.

We would manage your claimon a ‘No Win – No Fee’ basis and we charge on a fixed fee basis to give you absolute certainty and peace of mind regarding legal costs. By industry standards and from our intimate knowledge of what other firms charge for this work, we are confident that you will be happy with our commitment to client care, service and our approach to legal costs. We will explain the likely legal fees upfront and from day one. We provide industry leading transparency regarding our fee structure and fee policy.

Any liable party sued in a court action (employer/insurer/manufacturer) must always make at least a 60% contribution to your legal costs. There is always a small shortfall that comes off any settlement sum, but we always ensure you recover the vast bulk of your compensation funds clear of costs.


If your damages case settles for $500,000.00 clear of any and all statutory refunds and total legal costs are $58,000.00 and assuming we obtained a $35,000.00 contribution to our costs (being 60% of $58,000.00), the following would occur:-

Settlement sum $500,000.00

Plus cost contribution $35,000.00

Less total costs $58,000.00

Clear in the hand = $477,000.00.

As you can see, we always ensure you recover the vast bulk of your compensation funds clear of costs.

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I can’t speak highly enough of Zach and the team at VBR. They took on my case after another law firm stuffed it up, and... I had been turned away by other firms as a result. They were professional, caring and supportive throughout, keeping me up to date the entire journey. They achieved a result that far exceeded our expectations. These guys care about what is ‘right’. They put their heart and soul into it for me. Completely grateful to have them on my side. .I thoroughly recommend more
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06:29 14 Nov 19
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