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Finding the Best Mesothelioma Lawyer
One of the most important decisions you’ll make as you fight this terrible disease is choosing the legal professional who will guide and represent you. Mesothelioma and asbestos cases can be complicated and the laws confusing. It is essential to select a legal team that not only specializes in and has experience with these kinds of cases, but also has a proven and successful track record.
Your lawyer should also be someone who makes you feel comfortable. Moving forward with a case you should have no doubts that your legal team has your best interests in mind. Choose the professional who will fight for you, educate you about the laws and how they affect the choices you make, and who will keep you up to date as your case proceeds.
Perhaps most importantly, a good asbestos or mesothelioma lawyer will help you decide what to do in order to get justice and compensation. Whether you should file a claim with an asbestos trust fund, start a lawsuit, go to trial with your case, or seek compensation through the Veterans Administration is a tough decision to make without good legal advice. Learn more about finding an asbestos lawyer.
Mesothelioma Trust Funds
Mesothelioma trust funds are financial funds that have been set up by companies that faced bankruptcy over asbestos lawsuits. Before being eligible for bankruptcy protection, these companies were required to set up the trusts to compensate victims of asbestos exposure now and in the future.
Today, there are over a hundred asbestos and mesothelioma trust funds set up in the United States alone, and that number may grow as more companies face liability. According to the United States Government Accountability Office (GAO), close to $17.5 billion has already been awarded to victims of diseases caused by exposure to asbestos. An estimated $30 billion is still available for future cases.
In the past, victims of mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases had to rely on lawsuits for compensation. But since many companies were ordered to set up mesothelioma trust funds, compensation is now more readily available. Get more information about asbestos trust funds.
An asbestos trust fund is not your only option for getting compensation in the wake of a mesothelioma diagnosis. Filing a lawsuit against the company negligent in your asbestos exposure is another way to seek compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, and in some instances, punitive damages.
Although there have already been many successful mesothelioma lawsuits brought by asbestos victims in the United States, there are expected to be even more in the coming years. Both in the U.S. and worldwide more people will be diagnosed with asbestos illnesses over the next several years or even decades.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease, such as malignant mesothelioma or asbestosis, the first step in getting the substantial compensation you may qualify for is to learn more about how the lawsuit process works and what you may be entitled to receive. Learn more about filing a mesothelioma lawsuit.
The majority of lawsuits for mesothelioma end in settlements rather than in a trial. In a settlement, the plaintiff’s representation negotiates a compensation amount with the defendant’s legal team. Although it’s difficult to determine how long a settlement will take, they are generally much quicker than going through a court trial and getting a jury verdict.
Mesothelioma settlement amounts vary according to how long the defendant has lived with an asbestos-related illness, the stage and severity of the illness, and the circumstances surrounding how asbestos exposure took place. No lawyer can guarantee you will win a certain amount, but an experienced attorney make a good approximation.
Many mesothelioma cases have resulted in million-dollar settlements, and some settlements have even reached tens of millions of dollars and more for both the defendants and their loved ones. It’s important to understand how mesothelioma settlements work so that you know what to expect. Get more information about settlements.
If you served in the U.S. military and you believe your asbestos exposure occurred during service, you may be able to file for and receive compensation through the Veterans Administration (VA). There are certain requirements you need to meet, and you may also qualify for other types of compensation and healthcare. To sort through the complicated process, and to determine what you qualify for, let an experienced mesothelioma lawyer guide you. Learn more about what the VA offers asbestos victims.
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