Mesothelioma and Asbestos Lawyers

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Senior Writer Tim Povtak explains why it's so important to choose an attorney who specializes in asbestos litigation.

  • Litigation Overview

    • Funds in asbestos trusts: $37 billion
    • Cost of lawsuit: Nothing until you are compensated
    • Must I appear in court: Not always
  • Legal Options

    • File a lawsuit
    • File a trust claim
    • File for VA Benefits
    • Settle lawsuit out of court

Once the initial shock of a mesothelioma diagnosis has passed, patients and loved ones are often left wondering how they can afford medical bills, lost wages and other financial hardships. Choosing the right mesothelioma lawyer to represent you is an important first step in ensuring your family’s financial future.

To get the compensation you deserve, you need a lawyer who has a history of success with asbestos lawsuits and other avenues of compensation available to you.

If you prefer to avoid the legal route, you may qualify for other forms of financial assistance. Bankrupt asbestos companies have set aside nearly $40 billion to compensate people diagnosed with asbestos-related diseases. If you’re a military veteran, you can file a disability claim with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

No matter what path you choose, an experienced asbestos lawyer will explain all your options, handle the proceeding from start to finish, and greatly increase your chances of recovering a substantial amount of money. Good lawyers make the process simple and hassle-free, giving you more time to focus on your health and loved ones.

Why Is It Important to Hire an Experienced Asbestos Lawyer?

An asbestos attorney who specializes in these cases has the knowledge, resources and experience you need for such an important undertaking. Because every claim is different, your lawyer will work with you to explain the types of compensation available for your specific situation.

Before You Hire an Attorney:

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Check if the attorney has a proven track record winning asbestos lawsuits or large settlements.

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Find out if the attorney will travel to you when gathering information for the case.

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Ask about the attorney's experience filing successful claims against asbestos trust funds.

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See if the attorney will evaluate your potential compensation.

A trustworthy attorney will never guarantee you an outcome, a settlement or a successful jury verdict.

The cost of mesothelioma care can be overwhelming, making it even more important to find someone who can offer a high probability of success. The expenses can include income loss, expensive treatments not covered by your health insurance, plus pain and suffering to you and your family. It is important to save all your medical and financial records so your lawyer can have updated information about your expenses.

A good mesothelioma attorney can walk you step-by-step through the legal process, making sure you are notified of every development. Usually, the attorney handles most everything for you, making the whole process easier.

Common expenses of asbestos-related illnesses:

  • Lost wages
  • Medical bills
  • Pain and suffering
  • Travel expenses for medical treatments
  • Caregiver costs
  • Funeral expenses
  • Expenses not covered by insurance

Can I Afford an Attorney?

In asbestos lawsuits, attorneys work on a contingency fee basis. This means you pay nothing until you receive compensation and nothing at all if your case is not successful. There is very little risk to you.

Contingency fees protect you because they usually are based on a percentage of any compensation you receive. Be sure to discuss this percentage during your first meeting with an attorney.

We can help you find the right asbestos attorney who is experienced with cases involving mesothelioma and asbestos exposure.

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We can help you find the right asbestos attorney who is experienced with cases involving mesothelioma and asbestos exposure.

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Questions to Ask When Choosing a Mesothelioma Lawyer

When you're ready to hire an attorney, there are some important things to ask and consider. These questions can help you determine if a lawyer is experienced enough to take your case.

  • What Are Your Qualifications?

    Before you partner with a lawyer, you want to be sure that he or she has experience with this unique field of law. Always ask potential asbestos lawyers about their track record with trust fund claims and mesothelioma lawsuits, including how many of their cases were settled and how many went to trial. You should also ask for references from past clients.

  • What Will Be My Role in the Case?

    You should ask potential lawyers to describe the process of filing a claim and explain exactly what is required of you. This will give you a better understanding of the lawyer's expertise and communication skills.

  • Who Can I Contact with Questions?

    If you have an important question about your case, you need to know you can get in touch with your mesothelioma lawyer as soon as possible. When interviewing lawyers, find out if you can reach out by phone or email, and ask about how long it will take for them to get back to you. A detailed response and a guarantee your calls and emails will be returned within 24 hours will show the lawyer's firm respects its clients.

  • How Was I Exposed to Asbestos?

    Identifying when and where you were exposed to asbestos is crucial to your lawsuit. Without this information, it may be difficult to file a claim. Mesothelioma attorneys are familiar with common asbestos-containing products and can help gather evidence related to your asbestos exposure such as finding point of exposure. Established lawyers already have research and medical evidence at their disposal, which may be helpful to your case. They may also have helpful contacts with organizations that fight for workers' rights concerning asbestos-related diseases.

  • What Is My Case Worth?

    Part of presenting a strong case is adequately estimating how much compensation you should receive. Mesothelioma attorneys are familiar with the medical and other day-to-day costs of living with asbestos-related illnesses. They also have experience estimating the value of future expenses, as well as the value of damages that are harder to put a number on such as emotional anguish. A trustworthy attorney will never guarantee you an outcome, a settlement or a successful jury verdict.

Mesothelioma Verdicts

Mesothelioma lawsuits have helped hundreds of thousands of people seek compensation from companies that negligently exposed them to asbestos. The ultimate goal is to put money in the hands of someone who deserves it. Someone who needs help reducing financial hardships during an illness and providing a more stable future for loved ones.

$18.6 million

A Dallas county jury awarded $18.6 million in 2014 to the family of a tire builder who died of mesothelioma. The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. employee was repeatedly exposed to asbestos over 30 years while working with Goodyear tire machines at a plant in Tyler, Texas.

$1.74 million

In 2011, the Delaware Supreme Court awarded damages to the family of a mother and son who died of pleural mesothelioma after exposures at a family auto shop. Four surviving family members received $1.24 million for pain and suffering and $500,000 in a wrongful death verdict.

$250 million

A retired U.S. Steel worker from Indiana won a 2003 mesothelioma trial after alleging the company was responsible for exposing him to asbestos insulation for decades. U.S. Steel was expected to appeal the $250 million verdict, but instead settled out of court for an undisclosed amount.

$115 million

In 1998, a Texas jury awarded $115 million to 21 steelworkers who developed asbestosis while working at an Alabama steel mill. Carborundum Company, the manufacturer of an asbestos-containing grinding wheel used at the mill, was ordered to pay $100 million in punitive damages.

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