If you’ve been diagnosed with mesothelioma or any other illness caused by prolonged exposure to asbestos, you have a lot of tough decisions to make. Of course, your top priority will be taking care of yourself and focusing on the medical care and your treatment options, but there are other important choices.
With a diagnosis of mesothelioma you and your loved ones will face a number of issues and decisions, such as how much will it cost for treatment and how will it affect your family. In the first few days, you might not even think about hiring a mesothelioma lawyer because of your pressing emotional and medical needs, but working with the right legal team can make all your other decisions easier.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, asbestos-related lung cancer, or asbestosis, keep in mind that you may be entitled to substantial compensation. Fill out our form to get a free Financial Compensation Packet. You’ll learn about the top mesothelioma lawyers in your area, how to get paid in 90 days, how to file a claim for the asbestos trust funds, and more.
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Why Get a Mesothelioma Lawyer?
As you face the struggle against this aggressive and terrible type of cancer, you will be faced with a lot of tough decisions. Most cases of mesothelioma are the result of asbestos exposure, and someone is usually negligent. As a victim of this exposure you have rights. You need an experienced lawyer to help you understand what those are and how to proceed to make sure they are met. Look for a lawyer or legal team that:
- Is knowledgeable in all aspects of state and federal asbestos laws.
- Has extensive knowledge of all asbestos-related diseases, such as malignant mesothelioma and asbestosis.
- Has been trained in working with families with lost loved ones and/or victims going through emotional trauma.
- Knows how to investigate companies and employers to determine the details of asbestos exposure.
- Offers a no-obligation consultation in order to determine if they can successfully handle your case.
- Can provide references from previous clients.
Once I Find a Lawyer, What Are My Legal Options?
Your lawyer will help you decide which is best for your needs, but it helps to have a basic understanding of the options:
Asbestos Trust Funds
Asbestos trust funds have been set up by the companies responsible for asbestos exposure. You don’t necessarily have to be an a former employee of the company to be compensated via an asbestos trust fund. It could be a company that supplied asbestos to your employer. This makes the company liable for any asbestos injuries that occurred in your workplace. Your lawyer can help you decide which if any trust funds you are eligible to file a claim with. Learn more
A Monetary Settlement
Most mesothelioma lawsuits result in a settlement rather than going to trial. A settlement occurs when legal teams on both sides agree to a compensation amount to be delivered to the plaintiff. Most defendants, when presented with the proof, are more likely to settle rather than go through a lengthy and financially exhausting trial. Learn more
Military veterans who developed mesothelioma or any other asbestos-related illness during their time in service are eligible to apply for VA healthcare and VA disability benefits. If you can prove your illness is connected to your time in the military, it’s likely that you’ll get approved for VA benefits. Learn more
It’s not uncommon to have some misconceptions about your rights and legal options related to asbestos exposure and related illnesses. These myths are harmful, so it’s important to sort truth from fact:
- I Was Exposed in the Military and Can’t Sue the Government. This statement has actually prevented veterans from filing an asbestos lawsuit and getting the compensation they deserve. While it is true that it’s not the government that will be held liable for your asbestos exposure, veterans can sue and win settlements. It’s the manufacturers that supplied asbestos products to the government that veterans can file against.
- I Can’t Afford a Lawyer. The majority of mesothelioma lawyers don’t charge you anything up-front. They only get paid when you win, which is known as a contingency-based payment plan. Only choose a lawyer that offers this kind of payment plan.
- If I Don’t Know Where I Was Exposed, I Don’t Have a Case. There have been many cases in which people have won their lawsuits after an attorney uncovered where the asbestos exposure occurred, and it wasn’t always in the workplace.
When Should I File My Claim?
Unfortunately mesothelioma is an extremely aggressive disease with no cure. An average life expectancy after diagnosis is somewhere around 18 months. For this reason, and the fact that states have statutes of limitations on cases, don’t wait to file. Get legal advice and get started as soon as possible.
What If My Case Goes to Trial?
Although going to trial is not exactly ideal because of how long it can take, it may be necessary if a settlement can’t be reached, if the defendant refuses to settle, or if you don’t qualify for trust funds or VA benefits. On a positive note, trials tend to pay out greater compensation amounts than settlements. Learn more
Will My Employer Get Sued?
Your lawyer will probably not direct the lawsuit against your employer. Instead a lawsuit will be filed against the companies that manufactured asbestos products. Going as far back as the 1930s, asbestos companies knew that their products caused many health issues, but opted to put profits over people, and hid their information from both employers and employees at many other companies.
Why Is It Important to Hold Asbestos Companies Accountable?
The most common way people are exposed to asbestos is through work. For decades manufacturers kept supplying asbestos to companies, even though they were aware of the harm it could cause. Many companies that received asbestos products also knew of the dangers but the toxic nature of asbestos and continued to allow workers to be exposed daily.
Most workers had no idea they were putting their lives at risk while working and earning a living. To prevent such things from happening in the future, it is important to hold these companies and their executives accountable. Learn more
Will I Have to Attend Hearings?
Asbestos lawyers understand that their clients are struggling with symptoms and treatments. Mesothelioma is a taxing illness, so it’s understandable that you may not be up to attending hearings. Whether you have to attend a hearing or a mediation will depend on the circumstances surrounding your case.
Can a Mesothelioma Attorney Help Me Get Disability Benefits?
Your lawyer can definitely help you get disability payments for your illness, including getting your application successfully submitted. In addition, your attorney will work closely with your physician to ensure that all medical records show definite proof of your illness.
Will I Get Updated on the Progress of My Case?
Once you’ve found your lawyer, you should never feel hesitant about contacting them, should you have a question or need assistance. The best attorneys should always keep their clients updated on how cases are progressing.
How Do I Start Getting Legal Help Today?
Fill out our form below for a free Claim Evaluation and quickly see what compensation you’re owed. Or call us at 800-793-4540. ong with our packet, an experienced asbestos attorney will be able to assist and provide you with in-depth information regarding your federal and state rights.Along with our packet, an experienced asbestos attorney will be able to assist and provide you with in-depth information regarding your federal and state rights.Along with our packet, an experienced asbestos attorney will be able to assist and provide you with in-depth information regarding your federal and state rights.Along with our packet, an experienced asbestos attorney will be able to assist and provide you with in-depth information regarding your federal and state rights.Along with our packet, an experienced asbestos attorney will be able to assist and provide you with in-depth information regarding your federal and state rights.