Why Should You Hire a Mesothelioma Attorney?

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You should hire a mesothelioma attorney because they are the most qualified to help you file a mesothelioma lawsuit. They have the experience and legal expertise to secure the most compensation for your mesothelioma claim.

A mesothelioma attorney can:

  • Represent you in court because they are familiar with the complex legal process involving asbestos and mesothelioma cases
  • Access the tools needed to prove negligence
  • Get you the compensation you deserve for your wrongful exposure to asbestos

What Are the Qualities of a Great Mesothelioma Attorney?

A mesothelioma lawyer specializes in asbestos litigation, including mesothelioma lawsuits, settlements and asbestos trust funds. Some of the top asbestos lawyers work for well-established national law firms such as Weitz & Luxenberg and Simmons Hanly Conroy.

These attorneys work hard for mesothelioma cancer patients and their families to get them the compensation they deserve.

Joe Lahav, Esquire, author for The Mesothelioma Center
You don’t want just any attorney handling your case. This is your chance to hold asbestos corporations responsible for the harm they caused. You should find a mesothelioma attorney with many years of experience working at a nationwide firm and a great track record winning big cases and settlements.
Joe Lahav
Legal Advisor at The Mesothelioma Center

What Expenses Can Legal Compensation Cover?

Legal compensation for mesothelioma can cover a variety of expenses related to the cancer diagnosis and its impact on families.

Common Expenses for Mesothelioma Patients

  • Treatment costs
  • Lost wages
  • Caregiver costs
  • Travel expenses
  • Therapy and grief support
  • Funeral expenses
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Family member of a mesothelioma patient
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Types of Mesothelioma Claims Asbestos Lawyers Handle

A qualified asbestos lawyer will help you decide the best way to pursue compensation, whether it’s through a settlement or verdict from a mesothelioma lawsuit or through an asbestos trust fund claim.

Some of the top mesothelioma law firms have on-staff military veterans who help other veterans receive compensation for asbestos-related illnesses through VA claims and legal claims.

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    Personal Injury Lawsuits

    A person diagnosed with mesothelioma can file a personal injury lawsuit against one or more companies that may be responsible for their illness.
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    Wrongful Death Lawsuits

    The estate of a person who died from mesothelioma may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit against one or more companies that exposed the deceased to asbestos.
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    Mesothelioma Settlements

    The vast majority of mesothelioma lawsuits never go to trial. Although a jury verdict may result in a larger reward, mesothelioma settlements are guaranteed compensation and typically a quicker resolution to a case.
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    Asbestos Trust Funds

    Bankrupt asbestos companies have set aside billions to compensate people diagnosed with mesothelioma. Qualified asbestos lawyers are well versed in the asbestos trust fund claims process.
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Recent Mesothelioma Settlements and Awards

Mesothelioma lawsuits have helped thousands of people receive compensation from companies that negligently exposed them to asbestos. Because every case is unique, it is difficult to accurately determine your case value.

  • $117 Million

    Retired banker Stephen Lanzo III and his wife won $117 million in 2018 against consumer goods giant Johnson & Johnson and talc supplier Imerys Talc America. Lanzo claimed he developed mesothelioma after using asbestos-contaminated talcum powder products from 1979 to 2003.
  • $75 Million

    In 2017, the wife of a race car driver won a mesothelioma lawsuit in New York against a group of auto-part manufacturers. For years, she had swept the garage where her husband worked with asbestos-containing gaskets, which carried no warnings about health risks from asbestos exposure.
  • $32.7 Million

    Tire plant worker Franklin Finch was awarded $32.7 million in a 2020 lawsuit that enabled his surviving family to pay medical bills and cover lost wages. He was exposed to asbestos pipe insulation working at a Firestone tire plant in Wilson, North Carolina, for 20 years.
  • $29.4 Million

    Talcum powder user Teresa Leavitt was awarded $29.4 million in a 2019 lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson to help cover medical expenses and lost income. Leavitt sued the company claiming she developed mesothelioma using its asbestos-contaminated talcum powder for 20 years. The California jury awarded $5 million of the verdict to her spouse.

Top Mesothelioma Law Firms

The best asbestos lawyers work at the top mesothelioma law firms in the United States. These firms have a team of attorneys who specialize in asbestos litigation. They have a proven track record of winning cases and negotiating settlements for people affected by mesothelioma and their loved ones.

According to a KCIC industry report, the nation’s top 10 mesothelioma law firms handled 71% of mesothelioma claims in 2019.

Mesothelioma Legal Information by State

Laws, procedures and rules relating to asbestos claims vary from state to state. Some state courts are considered more lenient to businesses, while other courts tend to be more sympathetic to people harmed by asbestos exposure.

Experienced mesothelioma attorneys understand the differences between jurisdictions, including the filing deadline for each state.

Common Legal Questions for Mesothelioma Attorneys

We answer frequently asked questions about getting compensation for mesothelioma because it’s a complex process. Don’t let misconceptions prevent you from seeking important legal help from specialized asbestos lawyers.

What is a mesothelioma attorney?

A mesothelioma lawyer works for a law firm specializing in asbestos cases and will help you pursue compensation for mesothelioma and other asbestos-related illnesses.

Who is eligible to file a mesothelioma lawsuit?

If you have received a mesothelioma diagnosis, you or your family may be eligible to file an asbestos personal injury lawsuit, or a mesothelioma lawsuit after death, against companies responsible for your cancer. An asbestos attorney will review your eligibility factors to file an asbestos claim, including statutes of limitations, asbestos exposure history and medical records proving your diagnosis.

When should I hire an asbestos attorney?

The sooner you seek help from an asbestos attorney, the sooner you may be able to receive compensation to cover medical expenses. Mesothelioma lawsuits are time sensitive because of statutes of limitations. State laws may prevent you from filing an asbestos claim one or two years after learning about your diagnosis.

Will I need to travel to meet with a good mesothelioma attorney?

Top mesothelioma lawyers work for national law firms and will travel to you, preventing the need for you to leave home during the COVID-19 pandemic. These lawyers have experience in asbestos litigation and have practices in many states, and will work to get you the compensation for mesothelioma that you deserve.

How much does it cost to hire an asbestos lawyer?

Most asbestos attorneys offer free consultations and will discuss your case with no obligation. If you decide to pursue a lawsuit within the deadline to file an asbestos claim, your lawyer typically receives payment only if you receive an award from a settlement or trial verdict.

How can I prove my mesothelioma was caused by asbestos exposure?

A mesothelioma lawyer can gather evidence for an asbestos lawsuit to prove that exposure from asbestos products was responsible for your cancer and that a company is liable for your illness.

Do I sue the military or the government?

Mesothelioma lawyers usually help clients file lawsuits against companies that produced and sold asbestos, not the government. Veterans exposed to asbestos during military service may have the option of filing a VA claim, filing an asbestos trust fund claim or suing a company that supplied asbestos-containing products to the armed forces.

Can I still meet with my mesothelioma lawyer during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Yes, mesothelioma lawyers across the country are transitioning to remote and teleconferencing services. Lawyers are using virtual meetings, electronic signatures and other tools to keep patients safe and continue processing mesothelioma claims during coronavirus.

Quick Fact
You have a limited amount of time to get compensation for treatment costs, lost wages and other expenses caused by a mesothelioma diagnosis.
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