Experienced asbestos lawyers help mesothelioma and lung cancer patients and their families receive compensation for their suffering through lawsuits, asbestos trust funds, disability benefits, and other sources. The health dangers of asbestos exposure have long been studied, understood, and connected to the cause of mesothelioma, lung cancer, and other respiratory diseases. Many defendants knew of the health dangers of asbestos exposure long before you were exposed and did not take any efforts to warn you or protect you from asbestos exposure.
Immediate Types of Asbestos Compensation Available
The cost of treatment for mesothelioma and asbestos diseases and the impact of lost wages can leave patients and their families facing severe financial circumstances. Currently, there are over $30 Billion set aside in asbestos trust fund benefits by companies who have been proven to be responsible for your asbestos exposure illnesses and it is important to identify and obtain compensation from every party which has liability in your asbestos exposure case.
Your asbestos lawyer’s job will be to fight for all sources of compensation, and ensure you and your family receive the largest amount of compensation as possible. Sources include:
- Asbestos Trust Funds
- VA Disability Claims
- Asbestos Lawsuits
- Insurance and Financial Assistance
Trust fund claims are expedited and treated separately from the lawsuit process, these trust funds will be obtained for you as quickly as possible. Some cases can settle in as quickly as six months from the date we begin the lawsuit process.
Your asbestos mesothelioma lawyer will handle all aspects of your lawsuit and identify all available trust funds for your asbestos-related illness and will come to you to investigate and document your claim. In most cases, the patient will not be required to appear in court as cases typically settle before trial.
How to Hire An Asbestos Mesothelioma Lawyer
An experienced asbestos lawyer is a valuable asset in your corner when filing a lawsuit. In general, asbestos lawyers focus all of their attention on patients diagnosed with mesothelioma and asbestos-related lung cancer and thusly have in-depth experience of asbestos-related case law, the legal process, and developing strong cases that prove negligence with multiple defendants.
Before you hire an asbestos lawyer, you should typically get to know about the lawyer or law firm’s experience level with asbestos cases. Be sure to learn about:
- How many asbestos cases the firm handles each year
- What percentage of these cases result in a favorable outcome
- Prior settlements and verdict amounts for these cases
What are the costs? As per the costs, asbestos lawyers work on a contingency fee basis. Which means claims do not require any money up front, but rather, the lawyer or law firm collects a percentage of the jury verdict amount, trust fund claim, or lawsuit settlement.
Can I File An Asbestos Lawsuit?
If you’ve been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease, you may have legal grounds to pursue a lawsuit against all parties responsible for your exposure. During an initial case review, your asbestos lawyer will learn about your work history to determine the precise dates you were exposed, to which asbestos products you were exposed, and the companies responsible for the exposure. Your lawyer may also review your medical history to learn more about the health impacts of your exposure.
Statute of Limitations. Each state has its own statute of limitations for asbestos lawsuits. This is the amount of time a victim has to file a lawsuit after the discovery or diagnosis of an asbestos-related disease. Families who have lost a loved one to mesothelioma also have a limited amount of time from the date of death to file a wrongful death lawsuit.
In general, asbestos lawsuit statute of limitations are:
- Asbestos Lawsuits: Victims have 1 to 6 years after the diagnosis or discovery of an asbestos-related disease to file a lawsuit.
- Wrongful Death Lawsuits: Families have 1 to 3 years following the death of a loved one to file a lawsuit.
Asbestos Lawsuit Process: What to Expect
Your asbestos lawyer will work to determine every party responsible for your asbestos exposure. Your lawsuit will then be filed against all of these responsible parties. Your lawyer will work to ensure that compensation is recovered from all viable sources.
Your lawyer will also be responsible for moving your lawsuit through the process as quickly as possible. In some states, cases can move from filing to jury verdict in as little as six months. Overall, the process begins with an initial consultation, during which your lawyer will review your work and medical history to determine responsible parties and the date of your exposure. Additional steps include:
- Filing a Complaint: Once all liable parties and date of exposure have been determined, your asbestos lawyer will file a legal complaint against these parties. Liable parties may include the manufacturer of the asbestos product, the asbestos distributor, and/or your employer. The plaintiffs can then respond to these claims.
- Evidence Collection: The process of gathering evidence, depositions and other information regarding your case are known as discovery. The goal of discovery is for your asbestos attorney to collect enough evidence to build a strong case for you.
- Settlement or Trial: Ultimately, your case will go to trial or it will be settled prior to the trial date. Most cases are settled, as asbestos companies prefer to avoid court battles. If a trial proceeds, often the defendant may not be required to be present.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma or any asbestos-related lung cancer or have a history of working in any industries known to potentially cause contamination please contact our legal team immediately to learn more about your legal rights and obtaining a lawsuit settlement and access to immediate trust fund compensation.