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Are you living in Australia and think you were exposed to asbestos in the UK?

Asbestos-related diseases usually occur long after the exposure to asbestos has occurred. Generally, symptoms do not present until at least 10 years later and typically between 30 or 40 years later.

Asbestos exposure-related diseases include:

  • Mesothelioma
  • Asbestosis
  • Lung cancer
  • Pleural thickening

What is Asbestos?

Asbestos is a mineral which for many years was used in products in the construction, shipbuilding and manufacturing industries until its use was banned in the UK in 1999 and in Australia in 2003. Asbestos products are still present in many domestic and commercial buildings today.

Victims of Asbestos-Related Disease

Many tradespeople who were exposed to asbestos through their work in the UK have since immigrated to Australia and may have only experienced the first signs of asbestos-related disease after relocating to Australia.

Other occupations associated with the health and caring industries such as doctors, nurses and teachers have also suffered from asbestos diseases as a result of working in buildings which still have asbestos present.

Asbestos disease sufferers are not limited to only workers but also include families of workers who have been exposed through second-hand exposure.

Home renovators and self-builders have also been exposed to asbestos.

Making an Asbestos Compensation Claim

If you have been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease and you think it is related to exposure whilst living and working in the UK, please do not delay contacting Menzies Legal for a free telephone or video appointment.

There are time limits for bringing an action for compensation in the UK so it’s important you get the advice you need quickly.

You may think that because past employers (or businesses) no longer exist, or because you now live in Australia you cannot make a claim. Asbestos claims can still be brought against insurance companies even if previous employers no longer exist and you may still be entitled to UK government compensation schemes such as the Pneumoconiosis Workers Compensation Scheme.

Client Story (Asbestos Compensation Claim)

Asbestos Compensation Claim Dr Kate Richmond
Source: Leigh Day

Menzies Legal has worked closely with London lawyers, Leigh Day to achieve remarkable results for Dr Katie Richmond.

Dr Richmond was exposed to asbestos between 1998 – 2004 whilst training and working as a doctor at the former Walsgrave Hospital in Coventry, England.

The hospital had various asbestos products in the building including ceiling tiles and lagging around pipes in underground tunnels used by hospital workers.

Dr Richmond was diagnosed in 2018 with mesothelioma. She was successful in her action against Walsgrave Hospital/UHCW NHS.

In speaking with The Independent about her case, Dr Richmond said:

“The trust knew about it and they chose to do nothing. It is terrifying. I have become sick relatively early, but there are lots of other people who I worked with who could be affected in the future.

I really wanted to make things easier for them. I felt I had a duty to my colleagues”. I am far from unique, this is the tip of the iceberg. I strongly believe there is a hidden epidemic”. (The Independent 9 February 2020)

Leigh Day have extensive experience and expertise in the investigation and management of asbestos-related disease cases so we knew that we were placing Dr Richmond in safe hands.

Mr Daniel Easton, Partner at Leigh Day is a specialist in the area of asbestos claims. He worked with compassion, care and determination to ensure Dr Richmond’s case succeeded.

We are proud to have been the local Australian lawyers to assist Leigh Day in achieving an outcome which will provide Dr Richmond and her family with access to top-level treatment and care and security for her family in the future.

You can learn more about Dr Richmond’s story:

If you are suffering from an asbestos-related disease and think you were exposed in the UK please contact Menzies Legal for a free telephone consultation.

Testimonial from Dan Easton (Partner at Leigh Day)

Daniel Easton
Source: Leigh Day

“I am a personal injury lawyer of over 16 years’ experience and am a partner at a leading London law firm. 

I have worked with Kiera Menzies for nearly 2 years on a highly complex personal injury case covering cross-border issues between England and Australia. 

Kiera has a huge depth of knowledge of personal injury law. She is diligent and efficient and knows her procedural law very thoroughly.

Above all she shows compassion and understanding to the clients’ needs, especially during deeply traumatic and difficult times and it has been an absolute pleasure to work with her.”

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