Frequently Asked Questions
Are you located in my city/state?
Our legal team is located in an important district: Madison county, Illinois. However, we work in many jurisdictions with asbestos victims nationwide. If you have a diagnosis of Mesothelioma, we will meet you within 24 hours, regardless of where you live.
Can I file a claim on behalf of a loved one?
You are entitled to financial relief due to the pain and suffering caused by the loss of a loved one due to asbestos. However, each case requires a thorough investigation of work history and available evidence to determine if there is a viable case that falls within the statutes of limitations. In some cases, statutes of limitations may be extended based on legal exceptions.
What if I can’t afford a lawyer?
Mesowatch works on a contingency-based model, which means you pay nothing upfront. Our legal team absorbs the costs of investigation, litigation, court reporters, depositions and office administration in order to help asbestos victims with limited resources seek justice. If your case is won, Mesowatch is awarded a percentage to cover these fees.
If I was a smoker, do I still have a case?
Many people smoked during the height of asbestos use, and smoking does increase the risk of asbestos-related illnesses. You can file a claim regardless of whether or not you smoked during the time of exposure, however, you must have a work history of working with asbestos as well as a diagnosis of asbestos-related lung cancer or Mesothelioma.
What should I look for in a law firm?
It’s important to choose a firm that deals exclusively with asbestos claims. This means the firm will have detailed and up-to-date knowledge of how to file claims, all materials and products associated with asbestos use, and all available avenues of compensation. Ask the firm about its history of winning asbestos-related settlements and verdict amounts.
Why do I need a law firm?
A law firm helps protect and uphold your rights, and your family’s rights, to financial compensation by preparing and filing claims on your behalf, negotiating out of court settlements with all liable parties, and enabling you to focus on treatment and spending time with your loved ones (rather than worrying about the details of your claim).
When do I need to file a claim?
Statutes of limitations begin as soon as you become aware that your illness may be related to asbestos, even if you haven’t yet received an official diagnosis or pathology report. Thus, it’s best to contact Mesowatch as soon as possible in order to initiate the investigation and claim proceedings.
What kind of compensation is available?
There are a variety of ways to file claims, depending on your situation. Trust funds, out of court settlements and VA benefits all provide significant financial compensation for individuals with health problems caused by exposure to asbestos, including compensation for family members. Compensation may include financial relief for lost wages, medical bills, pain and suffering, loss of spousal support, disability, health insurance and medicare benefits.
Will I have to appear in court?
Most cases settle out of court, and Mesowatch does everything it can to help you avoid added distress. We’ll meet with you in your home, or wherever you’re most comfortable, to conduct our initial interviews and depositions. After that, we work on your behalf to expedite the discovery process and settle claims. However, our team is made up of the country’s most effective trial lawyers who are prepared to take your case to court if necessary.
How much is my claim worth?
Every claim is based on a variety of factors uncovered by Mesowatch during its initial investigation. These factors are unique to each case, so prior results neither guarantee nor predict similar outcomes. The Mesowatch legal partners have won its clients more than $2 billion in financial compensation, hundreds of settlements exceeding $1 million, with $200 million in 2015 alone.
Is it too late to file a claim?
Statutes of limitations can range from 1 to 5 years after notice of the asbestos-related illness and vary by location and begin when you have become aware that asbestos has contributed to your diagnosis or the death of a loved one.