You don’t have to hire an attorney, but if you do it’s a good idea to find a lawyer who is experienced with mesothelioma lawsuits. Mesothelioma lawyers are experts in asbestos exposure and related diseases. Their teams of investigators can track down the cause of your exposure. They can find the companies that are responsible.
Before you hire an attorney, it is important to find someone with whom you feel comfortable. Many mesothelioma attorneys offer free initial consultations. This helps you find the lawyer who is best for you. If you need help, Asbestos.com can assist you in finding an attorney.Back to the Top
You may be able to sue for compensation. Whether you can file a lawsuit depends on many factors. Some of these factors include how and where you were exposed, who was responsible for your exposure and when you were diagnosed with mesothelioma.
Many mesothelioma claims take the form of personal injury lawsuits. You should talk to a mesothelioma lawyer about your case as soon as possible.Back to the Top
Mesothelioma lawsuits are generally filed against the companies that produced the asbestos materials that caused your illness. You typically do not sue the military.
Whether or not you file a lawsuit, you may also be eligible for benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs. Our Veterans Assistance Department helps veterans understand their VA benefit options.Back to the Top
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Many asbestos-industry companies sought bankruptcy protection when victims began filing lawsuits against them. In exchange for bankruptcy protection, the government required these companies to set up trust funds to compensate present and future victims of asbestos exposure.
These trust funds are also known as asbestos bankruptcy trusts. A mesothelioma lawyer can help you determine whether you can file a claim with an asbestos trust fund.Back to the Top
Mesothelioma patients can apply for expedited Social Security disability benefits. Our Patient Advocates offer free assistance with this process.
You may also be eligible for workers compensation benefits. Each state’s laws vary. Your state workers-compensation board can provide more information. A mesothelioma attorney can also help you consider your options.Back to the Top
Maybe. If you file certain claims, you might also be able to sue the manufacturer of the asbestos product responsible for your illness. These claims may include disability or veteran’s benefits. Contact a mesothelioma lawyer for assistance.Back to the Top
Typically, a mesothelioma lawyer can walk you through your life and work history to determine how you were exposed to asbestos, even if you are unable to identify your exposure. They will discover which companies are responsible for your illness.
If more than one company is at fault, each is usually assigned a percentage of the blame. Your attorney will gather all the information needed to file your lawsuit.Back to the Top
You may be able to file your case in more than one state. The court you choose can impact the outcome of your case.
Your mesothelioma attorney will gather information about your claim and help you decide where to file your case.Back to the Top
You likely will not have to travel. In most circumstances, your mesothelioma lawyer will come to you. They often will travel to you to do an interview and record your deposition. They will also go to court on your behalf. If travel is required, it is usually very minimal.Back to the Top
Yes. Each state limits how long you have to file a mesothelioma lawsuit. A lawyer can explain the statute of limitations.
It is wise to speak with a mesothelioma lawyer as soon as possible after you are diagnosed to avoid missing the deadline.Back to the Top
Mesothelioma lawyers generally work on a contingency fee basis. This means they only receive compensation if you do.
You typically do not pay out-of-pocket expenses during the litigation. If you win or receive a settlement, the attorney receives a percentage of your compensation. The contingency fee is determined when you hire your attorney.Back to the Top
Not every case results in a huge verdict or settlement. But some asbestos lawsuits have resulted in awards or settlements worth several million dollars.
Whether you receive compensation and the amount will depend on the circumstances of your case.Back to the Top
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Expenses and losses related to the illness affect compensation. Medical expenses, lost wages from inability to work, and pain and suffering will impact the amount of any compensation you receive.
Other factors, such as state law and the defendant’s financial condition, may also affect how much compensation you will ultimately receive.
Each case is different, and there is no guarantee you will receive compensation. You should speak with a mesothelioma attorney about the value your case. Beware of any promises that you will receive a specific amount.Back to the Top
Many cases never go to trial because the companies settle out of court. Each case is unique and there is always the chance that your case may go to trial.
Sometimes the parties reach a settlement after the trial starts. Your mesothelioma attorney will guide you throughout the case process.Back to the Top
There is no set timeframe for asbestos cases. The duration depends on many factors. This includes whether you are able to reach a fair settlement during the case process.
Your attorney may be able to expedite your case if you are at an advanced stage of cancer.Back to the Top
If you die while your lawsuit is pending, the claim becomes an asset of your estate. If you die before a claim begins, your loved ones may also be able to file a wrongful death suit.Back to the Top
Joe Lahav is a lawyer and legal advisor at The Mesothelioma Center. He graduated with honors from the University of Florida College of Law in 2000, and he's licensed to practice in Washington, D.C., and Florida. Joe lost his mother to cancer, and he understands the emotional toll mesothelioma can have on families. Read More