Contact our firm immediately to ensure the statute of limitations for your case has not expired. The longer you wait, the more risk you take of not securing the compensation needed to stabilize you and your family's future.
As a mesothelioma patient, you likely have numerous concerns. Filing a mesothelioma lawsuit may appear to be an additional stressor, but it shouldn’t be. If you work with the lawyers at BCBH Law, it won’t be.
Our legal team understands the process for filing a mesothelioma lawsuit and will handle nearly all of the work involved in your case. You can focus on treatment, and we will focus on representing your case with the expertise and care it deserves.
For decades, hard-working Americans interacted with asbestos. However, they had no idea the mineral was dangerous to their health. That's because this knowledge was hidden from them. The companies that manufactured the substance were aware for decades of the health hazards associated with asbestos. Yet, they said nothing and did nothing to protect their workers. Now, there are 3,000 Americans each year diagnosed with mesothelioma, a disease that is the effect of corporate greed.
Why to File a Mesothelioma Lawsuit
The word “lawsuit” might be scary to many people. Most fear the idea of filing a mesothelioma lawsuit because they don’t want to be perceived in a negative light. Hardworking, ethical Americans don’t want to appear as though they are chasing a big payday at the expense of others.
While those trepidations are understandable, mesothelioma lawsuits are not acts of greed. Make no mistake: The people who take this legal action are the victims of corporate wrongdoing. Their lives unraveled due to mesothelioma, and they are left with the burden of cutting corners to pay medical bills and preserve their quality of life. They deserve compensation.
If you were unfortunately exposed to asbestos and later developed mesothelioma, understand that filing a lawsuit is not a malicious act. You are not like the asbestos-involved corporations. You are protecting yourself and your family, and there is nothing wrong with doing so.
Make no mistake about this as well: A company, or several companies, caused you to develop mesothelioma. They are all responsible — and should be held accountable. Filing a mesothelioma lawsuit does just that.
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How to File a Mesothelioma Lawsuit
Filing a mesothelioma lawsuit can be complicated, but the experienced lawyers at BCBH Law understand the process and can help you through it. We’ve laid out the steps to filing a mesothelioma lawsuit:
Hire a Mesothelioma Law Firm
You should preferably hire a national one with the resources and insight into these cases.
Meet With Your Lawyer
Hire the best mesothelioma lawyers in the country because the top attorneys travel to meet their clients, helping you avoid unnecessary travel expenses.
Investigate Your Exposure History
Your lawyer or lawyers will look into your work history and locations where you lived to uncover any possible asbestos exposure incidents. The most experienced lawyers — such as those at BCBH Law — can quickly determine which companies are at fault for your disease.
Determine Your Legal Action
Once you and your lawyer have built a strong case, you will file the mesothelioma lawsuit against the responsible company or companies.
Types of Mesothelioma Lawsuits
There are two main parts of mesothelioma lawsuits: personal injury and wrongful death. These legal actions have numerous similarities, mostly due to the cases for which they apply. However, they differ in when they can be used and which people related to the case can file them. We at BCBH Law suggest you contact one of our lawyers to learn which applies to your case.
Personal Injury Lawsuits
All mesothelioma lawsuits fall within the category of personal injury claims. These cases occur when the mesothelioma patient is the plaintiff, who brings the lawsuit forward. The plaintiff files the mesothelioma lawsuit against the companies responsible for their disease and suffering. This part of a mesothelioma lawsuit survives the plaintiff's death and becomes survival claims, which pass to the estate. This is separate from wrongful death claims, which are specifically for wrongful death beneficiaries (such as the spouse or children).
Wrongful Death Lawsuits
Some mesothelioma lawsuits are considered wrongful death lawsuits. When the mesothelioma patient dies, some surviving family members bring forward the lawsuit. Despite the mesothelioma patient passing away, their loved ones remain entitled to compensation because they lost their family member due to the untimely death. Each state has different rules for who can file a wrongful death lawsuit. In most locations, the surviving spouse, parents and legal children are eligible to do so.
Find Help Filing Your Lawsuit
All mesothelioma cases involve numerous steps. Those who have this disease often struggle to get compensation without an attorney’s help. Our lawyers have a long track record of helping mesothelioma patients secure financial assistance.
Will My Case Result in a Settlement or Verdict?
The two most common conclusions to a mesothelioma lawsuit are settlements and verdicts. Settlements are agreements between both sides to end the case with an agreed-upon compensation amount
A trial ends with either the judge or a jury rendering a verdict in one side’s favor.
The large majority of cases end in a settlement, which is fortunate for you as the victim. Settlements almost always favor the plaintiff and result in quicker payments than verdicts do. You should receive mesothelioma settlement compensation soon after the agreement is reached, which allows you to pay for treatment or past medical bills.
If the case goes to trial and reaches a verdict, the defendant could appeal the decision and avoid paying you or your family for months or years.
However, verdicts usually result in higher compensation amounts than settlements do. Each case is different and the compensation amount from a verdict is not predetermined, nor is it so for a settlement.
Each victim should determine whether they want to settle or try to attain a favorable verdict based on their lawyer’s recommendation.
How Much Time Do I Have to File a Lawsuit?
The statute of limitations is the legal term for the amount of time the victim has to start a mesothelioma claim. For asbestos cases, the statute of limitations usually begins at the time of diagnosis or death. When the limitation or deadline ends depends on the state in which the case is filed.
Another factor that affects the length of time is whether the case is a personal injury one or a wrongful death lawsuit. Each state may have a length of time to file each type of mesothelioma lawsuit. Therefore, you should contact us at BCBH Law immediately to learn how much time you have left to file a lawsuit.
As a victim of asbestos exposure, you may have been contaminated in multiple states. Additionally, you may have the option to file your lawsuit from a list of several state choices (where you live now, where you worked at the time of exposure and where the responsible company is based). If the statute of limitations runs out in one state, you and your lawyer may be able to file a mesothelioma lawsuit in a different state.
BCBH Law is a firm with experience in mesothelioma lawsuits throughout the nation, and our lawyers will analyze the facts of your case for the best state in which to file. Since some states have a statute of limitation as short as one year, you should contact a lawyer as soon as possible.
Why File Your Mesothelioma Lawsuit Immediately?
Even if you believe your case’s statute of limitations has expired, you should contact us at BCBH Law. One of our lawyers may be able to file a mesothelioma lawsuit in a proper state with a longer length of time and still help you receive compensation.
Contact our firm immediately to ensure the statute of limitation for your case has not expired. The longer you wait, the more risk you take of not securing the compensation needed to stabilize you and your family’s future.
Asbestos: Think Again: Industry Hid Danders for Decades. Environmental Working Group. Retrieved from: https://www.ewg.org/research/asbestos-think-again/industry-hid-dangers-decades. Accessed: 10/24/2019