COMPENSATION FOR PLEURAL
PRIMARILY RELATING TO EX RAN & MERCHANT NAVY
PERSONNEL RESIDING IN W.A.
people here in WA though diagnosed With either pleural plaque, or the
next level, asbestosis, have for reasons unknown, been advised in some
instances that they have no entitlement to make a successful claim
against the navy (the government) or previous employers. Very few claims
have been brought to a positive conclusion in WA.
of this situation, the Australian Navy in Vietnam Veterans' Welfare
Association WA (Inc), have referred several of our clients to a law firm
in Brisbane Qld, who have run very successful cases for these members,
and who have received significant compensation payouts, in excess of
$100,000 after all costs have been paid in some cases.
people have been nervous about seeking compensation due to the fear of
the effect it might have on their pension. In some cases though, whilst
the Department of Veterans' Affairs recognise and accept pleural plaques
as being due to asbestos exposure, you may not be getting paid a pension
for that disease. Therefore you cannot lose money for a condition that
the government is not paying you for. In the case where part of your
pension has been granted due to pleural plaque/asbestosis, you could
possibly lose a portion of that fortnightly pension.
in mind that in the event of your death, your pension ceases, and there
is no further benefit for your family. Whereas if you had a successful
claim, you could have a significant lump sum payment in your bank
account, or invested. Once you get the compensation payment what you
choose to do with it is your business, but at least it is there for your
family as well as for you.
if you have been diagnosed with pleural plaque or asbestosis, or believe
you were exposed to asbestos during your military or merchant navy
career, we feel that it is absolutely worth your while to contact us and
explore this option, rather than ignore a potentially valuable
office hours are 1000 - 1400 Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
are by appointment only, and there is no charge for our service.
are located downstairs in the Medical Centre at Leeuwin Barracks,
office phone number is 08 9311 2719, and is connected to a message bank.
If you leave us a message one of our staff will get back to you as soon
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To have a test for asbestos related diseases:
1.. Ring the Defence Call Centre
1800 000 655 -- and obtain a reference number
from them. (Maybe hard to get onto)
2.. Ring Health Services Australia
(Perth) -- (08) 93246444 and quote the
above reference number.