What To Expect
A mesothelioma diagnosis takes a heavy toll: from overwhelming medical bills, to lost income, to pain and suffering, and even loss of life. In almost every case, a victim’s disease was completely preventable and due to a company’s gross negligence.
While no amount of the money can reverse the damage done, filing a lawsuit can help you cover the financial burden through appropriate compensation. Here is what to expect when seeking the financial compensation you deserve.
Hiring an Attorney & Collecting Evidence
A trustworthy attorney will handle your case on a contingency basis, taking his or her fee as a percentage of any compensation you receive. If you do not win your case, you shouldn’t be responsible for any legal fees. Make sure to agree upon the percentage with your lawyer as soon as possible.
While you don’t need extensive evidence to begin a mesothelioma lawsuit, you should save all medical records and document any costs incurred. Your lawyer will work with you to gather evidence, evaluate your case, and help you plan the best path forward.
Options for Claiming Financial Compensation
There are several legal avenues to collect the compensation you deserve. Your lawyer will help you make an informed decision based on the specifics of your case.
Personal Injury Claim
If you are the victim of asbestos exposure, you will file a personal injury claim against the employer, manufacturer, or company that negligently put you in harm’s way.
Wrongful Death Claim
If your spouse, parent, or family member passed away due to an asbestos-related illness like mesothelioma, you will file a wrongful death suit.
Many asbestos-related companies that thrived in the 20th century have since gone bankrupt; these organizations were required to set up large trust funds specifically for compensating asbestos victims in the future. Over $30 billion are currently available in such funds.
The US military used asbestos for much of the 20th century, endangering untold soldiers, particularly those building Navy ships for World War II. Veterans who were exposed to asbestos while serving their country may be eligible to receive compensation from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The right lawyer can help you file a claim with the VA.