Woman's deadly disease could be linked to Lismore factory
A PROMINENT Sydney law firm is investigating whether a woman who worked at a South Lismore clothing factory contracted a deadly asbestos-related disease at the premises.
Maurice Blackburn Lawyers' asbestos and dust diseases lawyer, Ronny Mounarath, said his client suffered from mesothelioma.
According to health experts, the disease is usually fatal unless caught in the very early stages, and is almost always caused by exposure to asbestos.
It can develop decades after the exposure.
Mr Mounarath said his firm was in the early stages of investigating a possible claim on behalf of his client, who worked at City Club Apparel and New England Apparel in South Lismore about 40 years ago.
City Club Apparel was founded in 1952 above a small tailoring shop and specialised in manufacturing, and distributing men's pants and shorts.
At its peak, City Club Apparel's regional manufacturing base in Lismore employed more than 200 workers, before manufacturing of the brand moved to a factory offshore in the mid-1990s.
"We would be grateful to hear from other former employees who worked at the South Lismore factory during the 1960s, 1970s, and the 1980s," Mr Mounarath said.
It is understood the law firm's client worked as a machinist at the company.
The matter is related to the woman's exposure to asbestos, which has yet to be proved.
Mr Mounarath's background includes representing plaintiffs in NSW and the ACT, many of whom have successfully obtained judgements and compensation in the NSW Dust Diseases Tribunal and NSW Court of Appeal.
He can be contacted via 02 9261 1488 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
City Club Apparel, also known as CCA Australia Pty Ltd, has been contacted for comment.