There are a handful of possible sources of financial assistance and/or compensation for people with mesothelioma.
Manufacturers of Asbestos Products
Generally, the greatest amount of compensation can be recovered from the asbestos industry. Financial security for surviving family members is most often made possible by these awards that are frequently in the millions of dollars. Law firms handling these cases do so on a contingency fee basis. This means there are no upfront expenses and the firm’s payment, if any, comes only from the award or settlement amount they secure on your behalf.
In the past 2 years, most of the major asbestos manufacturing companies have filed for bankruptcy due precisely to these type of cases, and more are expected to follow. It is therefore important to move quickly once the decision to pursue recovery against a manufacturer is made.
Disability claims may be filed if one has such insurance either privately or through an employer.
Social Security Disability
Disability claims can be filed with the federal social security system.
Only if asbestos exposure can be linked to a particular job-site can a worker’s compensation claim be filed against an employer. It is also possible that a worker’s compensation claim will conflict with the pursuit of other legal remedies, so it is advisable to consult with an attorney before pursuing this or any other avenue of monetary recovery.
Mesothelioma lawsuits are divided into two categories – one, where the person suffering from mesothelioma is living (a personal injury case) and the second, where the person with mesothelioma has died (wrongful death case), and the plaintiff is a spouse, relative and/or representative of the deceased person’s estate.
When the person who would normally be the plaintiff is deceased, an alternate individual (usually the spouse or a close relative) stands in as the plaintiff, and the injuries claimed include the loss of life itself. The most important part of a wrongful death case is locating persons who worked with the plaintiff to provide testimony that the deceased individual would have provided regarding work history and asbestos exposure.
If you or someone you love has recently been diagnosed with Mesothelioma, call our office today for a free confidential consultation no matter where you live. We will gladly help you understand the critical medical and legal issues surrounding mesothelioma diagnosis, treatment and financial recovery.
Because of the aggressive nature of mesothelioma it is important that the patient and his or her family move quickly to document the facts and circumstances particular to the individual’s exposure to asbestos. This includes gathering information on work history, the types and brands of asbestos products encountered in ones past as well as the different work locations where exposure may have occurred and names of co-workers.
We are able to assist in this research by providing access to asbestos documents, catalogs and advertisements (dating from 1940 to 1970). These resources and images are often crucial in jogging the memory and aiding in the proper identification of products.
Because we are able to work with local mesothelioma attorneys in any state. There is never a need to travel or inconvenience the mesothelioma patient and his or her family in any way.
When a mesothelioma patient hires our firm, a complete investigative procedure is immediately initiated and this documentation will speed this process along so that we may quickly determine the appropriate course of legal action. With most of our mesothelioma patients, a lawsuit must be filed immediately in order to obtain sworn statements of work history, evidence of exposure and product identification, and the client’s physical and mental condition.
If the diagnosed client is unable to come to our offices, depositions (interviews) may be conducted at their home, hospital or any other location which is comfortable and convenient to the client. If a deposition is not possible due to the progressed stage of the disease, other methods of obtaining the required proof of exposure and resultant illness will be pursued with the assistance of the client’s closest relatives.
Time Is Of The Essence
Not only does mesothelioma progress rapidly, but rules of legal procedure, known as STATUTE OF LIMITATION, require that a claim be filed within a short window of time from the date of initial diagnosis. If you wait too long, it may be impossible to recover for any of the financial, physical and emotional hardships, regardless of the amount and strength of the proof gathered.
If you do not know the period of time in which your legal action must be filed, call our offices and we will provide you with the appropriate deadline.
Never A Fee
Remember, we do not require any payment up front. Attorney fees or expenses are only recovered if we recover for you. We do not charge unless we win a favorable verdict or negotiate a settlement on your behalf and all the specifics of this “contingency fee” will be clearly explained before we begin pursuing legal recovery together.
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