Asbestos, Dust and Toxic Chemicals

Asbestos, Harmful Dust and Toxic Chemical Exposure

Wyatts Are Your Compensation Lawyers

Were you exposed to asbestos while renovating your home?

Have you been exposed to asbestos or to other harmful dusts (e.g. silica) while at work?

Have you been the victim of chemical exposure or poisoning?

Have you been diagnosed with mesothelioma, asbestosis or another asbestos-related disease?

Have you contracted an asbestos-related disease from washing a family member’s work clothes?

Toxic Chemical Accident

Toxic Chemical Exposure

Exposure to chemical spills, or long-term contact with industrial, cleaning, agricultural or veterinary chemicals can have devastating impacts on your health and wellbeing. Chemical poisoning can occur when toxic chemicals are swallowed, inhaled or when they come in contact with the skin. Amoungst others, symptoms include nausea and vomiting, dizziness, breathlessness, abdominal pain, burns, irritation of the eyes, skin and mouth, or unconsciousness. Whether the effects are immediate, or appear after prolonged exposure, poisoning can result in chronic injury, disease, disability, pain and suffering.

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Asbestos and Harmful Dust Exposure

Exposure to asbestos or other harmful dusts when sawing, sanding, drilling, crushing, grinding or handling can also have profoundly negative health consequences. Patients with asbestos-related diseases such as mesothelioma and asbestosis, or other dust-related diseases (e.g. Farmers’ Lung or Silicosis) require substantial medical treatment, care and support (and the financial and psychological costs can be overwhelming.


Consequently, victims of toxic chemical, asbestos and other dust exposure are entitled under Australian law to claim compensation.


The team at Wyatts Compensation Lawyers understands the financial, physical, practical and emotional challenges associated with asbestos, dust and toxic chemical exposure. That is why we warmly offer our services to you: to alleviate the stress of claiming compensation and to offer legal support so that together we can attain the outcome you deserve.

You deserve support and care. You deserve respect.

Wyatts Compensation Lawyers is one of Sydney’s most experienced personal injury and Workers Compensation legal firms. Our Directors Julie Wyatt and Neville Wyatt have extensive experience in compensation and Personal Injury Law, and both have a highly-respected record within the legal community. Neville is an accredited specialist in personal injury law and has represented clients at all levels of the legal system. Julie has an extensive legal career and a strong history in pursuing workers’ rights. She has successfully led high-profile mediations and has wide-ranging experience dealing with government agencies and insurance companies.

Together, our highly-qualified and dedicate team has more than 150 years of combined experience so you know that you will have the best people by your side. At Wyatts, our commitment is to offer every client a comprehensive, personalised, thoughtful and attentive service. We understand that you are more than a “case number” and we will treat you with the dignity and respect you deserve.

We are committed to supporting you as you take this important step towards claiming the compensation you deserve.

We listen. We care.

Asbestos, Harmful Dust & Toxic Chemical Lawyers

Wyatts Compensation Lawyers offer:

If you are looking for a compensation lawyer to provide you with a comprehensive and personalised service, please call Wyatts today on 1800 773 880 or contact us using our online form.

Asbestos-related diseases include:

  • Mesothelioma
  • Asbestosis
  • Lung and laryngeal cancer
  • Asbestos related pleural disease (ARPD)
  • Ovarian and testicular cancer

Early symptoms of an asbestos-related disease do not typically appear until 10-50 years after exposure. For more information on these diseases, please visit the Asbestos Diseases Foundation of Australia. If you are uncertain as to whether you are entitled to make a compensation claim, please contact us today for a free initial consultation.

Chronic lung diseases can be caused by inhaling certain powders or dust. While most dust diseases are cause by asbestos, there are some other products that are harmful when inhaled. These include:

  • Silica
  • Hard metals such as tungsten and cobalt
  • Aluminium
  • Beryllium (chemical element used in the manufacture of mobile phones, missiles and aircrafts)
  • Bagasse (by-product of sugar cane after juice extraction)
  • Cotton and mouldy hay
  • Straw, molasses, and grain

Heavy and prolonged exposure to dust generated by these products can lead to associated diseases:

  • Silicosis and Silico-tuberculosis (exposure to silica dust)
  • Aluminosis (exposure to aluminium-bearing dust)
  • Bagassosis (exposure to mouldy molasses)
  • Berylliosis (exposure to beryllium)
  • Byssinosis (exposure to hemp, flax, and cotton particles)
  • Coal dust pneumoconiosis (exposure to coal dust, also known as Black Lung)
  • Farmers’ Lung (exposure to mouldy hay)
  • Hard Metal Pneumoconiosis (exposure to tungsten and cobalt dust)
  • Talcosis (exposure to talcum powder)

Dust-diseases lead to a number of symptoms, including coughing, difficulty breathing, chest pain, and mucus in the airways.

Wyatts Compensation Lawyers are highly-qualified and well-respected within the compensation and personal injury legal profession. Contact one of our team today and begin the journey towards claiming the compensation you deserve.

Compensation can cover both economic and non-economic costs:

  • Loss of past and future income
  • Medical and other treatment-related expenses
  • Loss of life expectancy
  • Costs of paid household assistance and the provision of in-home care
  • Voluntary care provided by family and friends
  • Reduced quality of life
  • Pain and suffering
  • Legal costs

Contact Wyatts Compensation Lawyers today to speak to a member of our specialised legal team. A free consultation will get you on the track towards achieving compensation.

Compensation can help you cover the following:

  • Medical, hospital, rehabilitation and other treatment-related expenses
  • Travel costs involved in seeking medical treatment
  • Services to help you return to work, e.g. education and training, transport, childcare and clothing
  • Costs of paid household assistance and the provision of in-home care
  • Voluntary care provided by family and friends
  • Compensation for the death of a family member

Wyatts Compensation Lawyers will give you the legal support you need to make the most of your compensation claim.

Work-related Asbestos Exposure

You do not need to be currently employed to seek compensation for an asbestos-related disease. In fact, you are entitled to submit a claim if:

  • You are no longer working for the business or organisation at which the exposure occurred
  • Your employer is no longer in business
  • You were a contractor or self-employed
  • You were employed by multiple businesses or organisations
  • You contracted an asbestos-related disease via contact with someone who was exposed to asbestos (e.g. asbestos fibres were on clothing that you handled).

In New South Wales, work-based claims are processed by the Workers’ compensation Dust Diseases Authority (DDA). Wyatts have extensive and specialised experience with workers compensation and will provide you with the legal support you need to achieve the claim you deserve.

Non-work-related Asbestos Exposure

You are entitled to make a compensation claim if:

  • Exposure occurred when you were not working
  • Exposure occurred during home renovations
  • You are not aware of when the exposure happened

In New South Wales, common Law claims are dealt with by the Dust Diseases Tribunal (DDT).

Other considerations

You are also entitled to claim compensation if:

  • Exposure occurred many years ago, or occurred interstate or overseas
  • Exposure was brief and limited
  • Exposure happened on multiple occasions
  • You currently smoke, or if you smoked at the time of the exposure.

Importantly, if you are a family member of someone that has passed away from an asbestos-related disease, you may be entitled to claim compensation on behalf of their estate or as a dependent.

If you are uncertain as to whether you qualify for compensation, please contact Wyatts Compensation Lawyers today for your free initial consultation.

Wyatts are your Compensation Lawyers

If you have an asbestos-related disease, or if you have acquired an illness or injury from toxic chemical exposure, we can be the helping-hand you need at this difficult time. Our specialised team of personal injury and compensation lawyers have the knowledge and expertise to assist you in making a compensation claim. We are committed to securing the best possible outcome for you and your family.

Wyatts Compensation Lawyers have four offices conveniently located in the Sydney CBD, Parramatta, Liverpool and Rockdale. Call Wyatts today on 1800 773 880 or contact us via our online form for an attentive and personalised service. Remember to ask for more information about our No Win, No Fee policy.

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