Why Should You Hire a Mesothelioma Attorney?

You should hire an experienced mesothelioma attorney because they are the most qualified to help you file a successful mesothelioma lawsuit.

An experienced mesothelioma attorney can:

  • Represent you effectively in court because they are familiar with the complex legal process involving asbestos and mesothelioma cases
  • Access the tools needed to win your case
  • Get you the compensation you may be entitled to receive resulting from your wrongful exposure to asbestos
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What Are the Qualities of a Successful
Mesothelioma Attorney?

Experienced mesothelioma lawyers specializes in asbestos litigation, including mesothelioma lawsuits, settlements and claims against 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 have experience successfully representing mesothelioma cancer patients and their families to obtain the largest possible recoveries.

How do you find a top mesothelioma lawyer?
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"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
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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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Don't Wait to Seek Compensation
There are different types of mesothelioma claims, including personal injury and wrongful death claims. Each type of claim is subject to statutes of limitations that vary by state.
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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 for your injury, whether it’s through a mesothelioma lawsuit or by a claim made to an asbestos trust fund.

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 other forms of 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 damage award, mesothelioma settlements typically with a faster payout of damages.
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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

Mesothelioma lawsuits have resulted in substantial damages awards. Because every case is unique, it is difficult to accurately determine your case value.

  • $117 Million

    In 2018, retired banker Stephen Lanzo III and his wife won $117 million 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 for 20 years at a Firestone tire plant in Wilson, North Carolina.
  • $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 are found at the top mesothelioma law firms. 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.

According to a leading industry report, the nation’s top 10 mesothelioma law firms handle more than 70% of annual mesothelioma claims.

  • Weitz & Luxenberg

    Weitz & Luxenberg is a national firm headquartered in New York City. For more than 30 years, it has helped families affected by mesothelioma. The firm has worked on more than 33,000 asbestos cases and secured more than $8.5 billion through verdicts and settlements for their clients.
  • Simmons Hanly Conroy

    Simmons Hanly Conroy is headquartered in Alton, Illinois, and has other offices around the country. The firm has recovered more than $9 billion for victims of asbestos exposure since it was founded in 1999. Its lawyers secured the largest single plaintiff mesothelioma verdict in U.S. history with a $250 million-dollar verdict for a steel worker in 2003.
  • Cooney & Conway

    Cooney & Conway is a national firm based in Chicago. It has handled mesothelioma and asbestos lawsuits since 1973. The firm has recovered billions of dollars in compensation for its clients, including thousands of million-dollar settlements and numerous multimillion-dollar verdicts.
  • Nemeroff Law Firm

    Nemeroff Law has recovered more than $500 million for families facing mesothelioma, including several verdicts exceeding $10 million each. The firm handles cases throughout the U.S. with offices in Park City, Pittsburgh, New Orleans, Dallas and Houston.
  • Galiher DeRobertis & Waxman

    Galiher DeRobertis & Waxman has served victims of mesothelioma for more than 35 years, which has allowed the national firm to develop an unparalleled database of evidence against asbestos product manufacturers. The firm handles cases throughout the U.S. with offices in Dallas, Los Angeles and Honolulu.
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Billions Recovered
The best law firms have a history of getting large verdicts and settlements for families affected by mesothelioma. They have recovered billions of dollars over the past three decades.

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 are considered 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.

Key states for asbestos litigation include:

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Learn about your legal rights, including how to choose an attorney, qualify for compensation and access trust funds.

Common Legal Questions for Mesothelioma Attorneys

We answer frequently asked questions about how to receive 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 and other losses. Mesothelioma lawsuits are time sensitive because of statutes of limitations. State laws may prevent you from filing an asbestos claim if you wait too long after learning about your diagnosis.

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

No. 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 all the compensation for mesothelioma may be entitled to receive.

How much does it cost to hire an asbestos lawyer?

Most asbestos attorneys offer free consultations and will discuss your case with no further 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 your 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.

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