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Asbestos poses serious health risks and knowing what steps to take if you’ve been exposed is crucial. If you suspect you’ve been exposed to asbestos or developed an illness from exposure, there are important asbestos precautions and considerations to keep in mind.

Your first steps after asbestos exposure should include making sure you seek medical attention as soon as possible. You’ll also need to document and record the details of when and where the exposure happened. If you’ve had asbestos exposure at work, notify your employer immediately.

Dealing with asbestos exposure can be very stressful, especially while navigating a legal claim for an asbestos-related illness. The legal process is very complicated and requires specialised expertise.

At Gordon Legal, our team of legal professionals have successfully litigated over 2000 asbestos-related claims since 1985. We can help you with your compensation claim for asbestos-related illness, giving you expert advice with the care and support you need as you manage your illness. Contact us or give us a call on 03 9603 3000 today.

How does asbestos exposure happen?

Asbestos exposure can occur in various and unexpected ways, often without you even realising it. It’s commonly found in older buildings, lurking in materials like insulation, roofing, and floor tiles. Renovations, repairs and DIY in these structures can disturb asbestos fibres, releasing them into the air where they can be inhaled or ingested.

If you’ve found that there is asbestos in your building, it’s important to understand the asbestos removal process.

Additionally, if you work in certain occupations, such as construction or manufacturing, you may be at higher risk of exposure. It’s essential to be vigilant and to take precautions in environments where asbestos may be present.

Asbestos exposure can have serious effects on your lungs and health. If you think you may have been exposed to asbestos, seek medical advice and professional guidance immediately.

Register your exposure with Gordon Legal so that there is a record of your exposure should you develop an asbestos-related illness. Once we have your details we will update you with relevant information from time to time.

What are my rights as an asbestos exposure victim?

As a victim of asbestos exposure, you have legal rights to seek compensation for any resulting illnesses or injuries. Laws differ from state to state, so it’s important to seek legal advice to understand which laws apply to you.

In Victoria, Australia, there are legal avenues available to you, including personal injury, workplace negligence and WorkCover claims. If you were exposed in the workplace, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation.

Personal injury claims can help cover the costs associated with asbestos-related illnesses, such as mesothelioma or lung cancer. Additionally, workers’ compensation may provide you with financial support if you were exposed on the job. Seeking compensation can help ease your financial burden and ensure you receive the care and support you need.

It’s crucial to understand your rights and seek legal advice to explore your options fully. At Gordon Legal, our team of experts can give you tailored legal advice and

support for your claim. With each case, we carefully consider your individual circumstances. Lodge your claim promptly to safeguard your rights and those of your loved ones. Contact us or call us on 03 9603 3000 to get started.

What types of compensation are available for asbestos exposure?

There are various forms of compensation available for asbestos exposure victims. In Victoria these can include:

  • Reimbursement for medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Pain and suffering
  • Shortened life expectancy
  • Past and future medical expenses
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Past and future care
  • Loss of income in the past
  • Loss of income in the future, if you were working at the time you were diagnosed

Laws vary in each state, so you’ll need to seek legal guidance to understand what laws apply to you and ensure you receive the support you need.

Is there a time limit for filing an asbestos-related lawsuit?

Yes, strict time limits apply when it comes to filing an asbestos-related claim in Victoria. Time limits vary from state to state and also depend on the circumstances of your case. Acting quickly to protect your rights and seeking legal guidance is essential.

Even if you’re feeling unsure of whether your claim is valid, unsure of when you were exposed or that your exposure was too long ago, you must get the right advice as soon as possible.

At Gordon Legal, we have Victoria’s most experienced asbestos team, and we’re here to help you. We’ve successfully helped clients in all kinds of different situations and timelines. Contact us or give us a call today on 03 9603 3000 to get the advice you need.

How do I choose the right attorney for an asbestos case?

Choosing the right attorney is critical to the success of your asbestos case. Look for a lawyer with experience and expertise in asbestos litigation, someone who understands the complexities of these cases. Communication is key, so find a lawyer who listens to your concerns and communicates clearly. Above all, choose a lawyer who demonstrates empathy and compassion for your situation – someone who will fight tirelessly for the justice and compensation you deserve.


Gordon Legal has a specialised legal team that not only understands how to manage the complexities of asbestos-related law but demonstrates empathy and care for your situation. Peter Gordon has resolved over 2000 cases, pioneering success in asbestos claims dating back to 1985. Peter along with Victoria Keays, an accredited specialist in personal injury law with decades of experience in litigating dust disease and asbestos claims, form Victoria’s most seasoned team in asbestos and dust diseases litigation.

Asbestos exposure is a serious matter, but you don’t have to face it alone. Our expert team at Gordon Legal are here to support you with the right advice and care you need with your claim. If you have any questions or concerns, or if you believe you have been exposed, you must lodge your claim as soon as possible to safeguard your rights and those of your loved ones. Contact us or call us on 03 9603 3000 today to ensure your claim is protected.

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