We are expert lawyers who offer personal service
Adviceline Injury Lawyers is a division of Holding Redlich – a national law firm which began in 1962 to help injured workers. Our partner, Bree Knoester, is the Partner in charge of Adviceline Injury Lawyer’s Asbestos Compensation practice and also the designated Partner for all Gippsland Workcover claims.
We are local
Bree has a strong, personal connection to the Gippsland area, having been born and raised in Traralgon and with family in Glengarry and Morwell. Bree’s background and ongoing connection to the Gippsland area has meant she has special interest in asbestos and dust diseases and is able to advise clients on all aspects of legal entitlements following a diagnosis of an asbestos related injury. Bree and her team have an office in Kirk Street, Moe.
Before joining Holding Redlich, Bree was a barrister for eight years. Bree regularly appeared in the County Court, Supreme Court and Court of Appeal. Over the past eight years, Bree was involved in many of the largest cases and settlements in personal injury litigation in Victoria as well as landmark cases involving compensation paid to victims of abuse and recovering the costs of care for severely brain injured workers.
We’ve been acting for asbestos victims since we started
Over the years, we’ve been involved in landmark asbestos litigation. In 1980, we obtained the first Supreme Court judgment for a worker suffering an asbestos disease. In the 1990s, we acted for hundreds of waterside workers with asbestos related diseases in an international claim against Johns Mansville, a US manufacturer of asbestos products.
In the past 12 months, we have represented asbestos victims in Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia and in Europe.
I’ve been diagnosed with an asbestos-disease – what do I do next?
Understand your diagnosis – speak to your doctor with a friend or family member so you understand your treatment options and there is someone to hear the information with you.
Seek support – contact a support group like GARDS and find out what help is there if you need it.
Get legal advice – in many cases, claims can be brought quickly and without the need to go court. An experienced lawyer can help you work out where you may have been exposed and who may be responsible – even if it was a long time ago.
I’ve been exposed to asbestos and I am worried – what do I do?
It is important to register your exposure just in case it does develop into an asbestos disease in the future. You can register your exposure free of charge and with no obligation with Adviceline Injury Lawyers by calling 03 9321 9879.
You can also register your exposure at the National Asbestos Exposure Registry operated by the Asbestos Safety & Eradication Agency at www.asbestossafety.gov.au/national-asbestos-exposure-register
I want legal advice but I don’t know what to ask
Here are some good questions to ask any lawyer you are considering engaging to help with an asbestos claim:
- Who will look after my claim?
- What experience does my lawyer have?
- How familiar is the law firm with asbestos issues in Gippsland?
- How are legal fees calculated? Can my legal fees be capped?
- Will I have to pay out of pocket expenses at any time?
- How long does an average claim take?
- Do I have to travel to Melbourne or is there an office closer to where I live?
Bree Knoester, Partner
T: 03 9321 9743
Asbestos and Dust Diseases Litigation