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While now recognised as a toxic material that even today continues to take a toll on people’s lives, asbestos tends to conjure up images of asbestos mines and factories. Yet one of the most common forms of potentially dangerous exposure to asbestos occurs in almost any building older than 30 years of age, which is most of Australia’s building stock, and this embraces both commercial and domestic constructions.
Many Australians, even today, continue to be at risk to asbestos. Here are some examples:
Each of these examples reveal the still very real and present danger posed by asbestos as our stock of buildings ages and is repaired or replaced, possibly exposing us to asbestos. The fact is that there is no safe level of exposure to asbestos, and the material itself remains potentially lethal.
As the symptoms of asbestos caused diseases can take many years to appear, doctors continue to diagnose cases that are drawn from relatively recent exposures, some of which are in circumstances similar to those described above.
If you think you have been exposed to asbestos, it is important that you make a record of your exposure, recording the dates and nature of the exposure. Ryan Carlisle Thomas maintains an asbestos register of exposure so that your details can be kept safe and acted on should you ever develop an asbestos related disease.
Even more importantly, if you start to exhibit symptoms of asbestos exposure or have been positively diagnosed, you or a family member should take immediate action to claim compensation.
Legal action for compensation can be made against:
Our No Win No Fee OR Expenses* policy applies to all asbestos litigation.
Please call Karen Dimasi on 03 9238 7878.
For more information on asbestos at work please visit our section on asbestos exposure in the workplace.
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