Mesothelioma Legal Help
Compensation can be accessed through asbestos trust fund claims, VA benefits, mesothelioma lawsuits, and more.
Why Seek Mesothelioma Legal Help?
With mesothelioma legal help, victims may be able to afford necessary — yet highly expensive — medical bills. Since mesothelioma is so rare, its treatments are extremely specific and hard to afford without mesothelioma compensation.
Financial compensation can help pay for:
- Medical treatments (including surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation)
- Lost wages if the affected person can no longer work
- Travel costs if the victim needs to travel to seek treatment
- Other expenses (including therapy and funeral costs)
Lawsuits for Mesothelioma and Asbestos-Related Diseases
Lawsuits are another common type of mesothelioma legal help. Through an asbestos lawsuit, victims determine how a manufacturer may be responsible for their illness with the help of a lawyer. Learn more about mesothelioma lawsuit options below.
Mesothelioma Personal Injury Lawsuits
Personal injury lawsuits are filed directly with the manufacturers of asbestos-containing products that exposed a mesothelioma victim to asbestos, either through on-the-job exposure or by making the products that the victim used.
Mesothelioma Wrongful Death Lawsuits
When a person dies due to their mesothelioma diagnosis, any unpaid medical expenses will fall to their family. If this happens, the family or the victim’s estate may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit.
Mesothelioma Class-Action Lawsuits
In the 1990s, one of the most popular mesothelioma legal help options was a class-action lawsuit. These lawsuits allowed groups of victims to file one collective lawsuit against a company. In return, each victim received the same amount of money.
Most lawyers will try to settle a lawsuit before it goes to court. On average, an out-of-court mesothelioma settlement is valued at around $1 Million.
This number represents the combined total from all the settlements with the manufacturers named in the lawsuit.
Depending on your case, dozens of manufacturers could be sued, and each will reach a settlement agreement unless they are either found not to be responsible for your illness or want to take the case to trial.
$8.26 Million Verdict
On June 30, 2021, this verdict was awarded to a 66-year-old Louisiana man who was exposed to asbestos-containing brakes and clutches while working as a gas station and school bus mechanic in the 1960s and 70s.
$6.5 Million Settlement
This settlement was awarded to a 57-year-old man who made repairs while working in oil fields during the late 1970s. His father also served in the U.S. Army and worked on gas pipes in multiple states starting in 1975.
$10.2 Million Settlement
This settlement was secured for an 82-year-old man from Washington. He served in the U.S. Navy for nearly two decades as a boiler tender and chief petty officer in addition to being a member of the Freemasons.
An important link between all types of mesothelioma legal help is an experienced asbestos attorney that can provide legal advice and handle all cases effectively.
Mesothelioma is a unique disease because it takes 20-50 years for someone to develop symptoms. By that time, victims may not remember exactly how, when, and where they were exposed to asbestos, making cases harder to prove without mesothelioma legal help.
Fortunately, skilled mesothelioma lawyers have decades handling claims and know how to build strong cases on behalf of their clients.
The best mesothelioma lawyers:
- Investigate their clients’ work history to determine where and how they were exposed to asbestos
- Have access to databases of information about the asbestos industry
- Have a proven track record of success in handling asbestos cases
- Understand limits on filing cases throughout the country
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Mesothelioma Law Firms
Top mesothelioma lawyers work at nationally renowned law firms throughout the country. These mesothelioma law firms often have decades of experience helping families affected by asbestos exposure receive compensation.
Large mesothelioma law firms may be able to file a claim in any state. These law firms can also send their lawyers to travel to clients anywhere in the country to discuss the case.
When selecting a law firm, it is important to work with one that has handled other cases successfully. The law firm should be able to show how much compensation it has earned for other people with similar cases.
National mesothelioma law firms have archives of information related to the asbestos industry and previous cases they handled. Their lawyers can streamline and strengthen current cases using this information.
Meet Walter, a Mesothelioma Warrior
Walter, a Sokolove Law client and U.S. Navy veteran, talks about why he filed a mesothelioma lawsuit.
He said, “You have all your paperwork in order?” I said, “Yes I do.” He said, “Well, keep it there” Nobody ever said anything, about it being dangerous. The powers at be knew. I said, “Well, heck with this noise. They’re gonna hear from me.” I wasn’t suing the government, I wasn’t suing the U.S. Navy, I was suing the manufacturer. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with Mesothelioma, you may be entitled to compensation.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Who can file a mesothelioma claim?
A person who has been diagnosed with mesothelioma – as well as their spouse, child, or family member – may be able to file a claim to recover compensation from manufacturers of asbestos products. If the mesothelioma patient passes away, a family member or estate representative may also be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit.
How much money is in the asbestos trust fund?
An estimated $30 billion has been set aside in asbestos trust funds to compensate mesothelioma patients. Many companies that made asbestos products later filed for bankruptcy, so they created these trust funds to pay out future mesothelioma claims. If the company responsible for your asbestos exposure no longer exists, you may be entitled to money from their trust fund.
How do I file a mesothelioma claim?
To file a mesothelioma claim, contact an attorney who is experienced with these types of lawsuits. They will know where and when to file your claim, how to build the strongest case possible, and the best way to maximize compensation on your behalf.
What is the statute of limitations on mesothelioma claims?
The statute of limitations (deadline to file) for mesothelioma claims will vary depending on the state in which you file. In many states, it’s 2-3 years from the date of the mesothelioma diagnosis – though it may be longer if the mesothelioma patient has passed away. A mesothelioma lawyer can make sure your claim is filed within the required time frame.
How long do mesothelioma claims take?
Every mesothelioma claim is different, with circumstances and factors that are unique to that mesothelioma patient’s story. Though there’s no way to predict exactly how long a claim will take, an experienced mesothelioma attorney will ensure the process is handled as efficiently as possible.
Many claimants start to receive compensation in as few as 90 days after settling their mesothelioma claims.
What is the average payout for mesothelioma?
There is no guarantee of compensation when you file a mesothelioma claim, and countless factors affect how much money you might be able to recover (assuming your case settles). That said, 95% of these lawsuits are settled out of court, and the average settlement amount is $1-1.4 million.
How much is my mesothelioma claim worth?
Your mesothelioma case value depends on the specifics of your situation, such as the duration of your asbestos exposure, and the total cost of your mesothelioma treatment (as well as travel expenses and other related losses). The best way to figure out how much your claim is worth is to speak with a mesothelioma lawyer.
What type of mesothelioma claim do I have?
Most mesothelioma claims fall under one of four categories:
- Personal injury: You were exposed to asbestos (often through your job, or your loved one’s), so you file a lawsuit against the company that made the asbestos products.
- Asbestos trust fund: Similar to a personal injury claim, only the company in question went bankrupt, so you can’t sue them – but you may be able to access a trust fund they set aside for mesothelioma victims.
- Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits: U.S. military veterans who were exposed to asbestos during their service may qualify for related health care benefits through the VA.
- Wrongful death: When a mesothelioma patient passes away, their family member or estate representative may be able to file a lawsuit on their behalf, seeking money to pay for past medical expenses, pain and suffering, funeral expenses, etc.
A mesothelioma attorney can determine which type of claim makes the most sense for you and your family. (Some clients qualify for more than one.)
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