Mesothelioma patients are often eligible for compensation. For decades, asbestos companies continued to buy and sell asbestos despite knowing the dangers. Workers, veterans, and innocent civilians were exposed to asbestos. Some of those people developed diseases like mesothelioma. Now, those companies are being held responsible for their actions and an experienced attorney can help patients receive compensation.
Aside from getting treatment, one of the most important steps for mesothelioma patients or their family members can take toward recovery is finding an experienced lawyer. Most cancer patients don’t need to consider their legal options, but for mesothelioma patients this is an important part of dealing with their condition.
Unlike other cancers, compensation is available to mesothelioma patients and their families. For most patients this money helps them afford the best medical care available including hospital stays, medication, treatment costs, and travel expenses for long distance treatment.
For surviving family members, this money can go toward helping with the costs of losing a loved one or paying off debt. Compensation might also be used for taking a much needed vacation, visiting family, starting a college fund for a grandchild, or anything else.
At Bullock Campbell Bullock & Harris, we understand the thought of filing any type of legal claim while battling cancer is not something most patients are interested in doing. However, this is because most patients are not aware that their …
Patients or family members affected by mesothelioma file legal claims to obtain compensation. Asbestos companies profited for decades from selling products that caused serious health issues to employees and consumers all over the world. Through legal claims, mesothelioma patients can receive money from these companies to help with the effects of their disease.
Personal Injury Lawsuits
Personal injury lawsuits are filed by mesothelioma patients. People develop mesothelioma from asbestos exposure. Often times asbestos companies are at fault for not properly warning consumers and employees of the dangers of asbestos. Through a mesothelioma lawsuit, a patient can obtain compensation from these companies. Patients generally have only a few years after their diagnosis to file this type of claim because of the statute of limitations.
Wrongful Death Claims
Wrongful death claims are filed by immediate family members of patients who died of mesothelioma. In most states, this includes spouses, children, and parents. In some states this includes other financial dependents and life partners. There are also states in which these claims can be filed by anyone, regardless of relation, who was financially impacted by the loss. Generally these cases must be filed within a few years of the patient’s diagnosis and/or death based on the individual state's statute of limitations.
Trust funds are one of the lesser involved ways for people affected by mesothelioma to receive compensation. Many asbestos companies have gone bankrupt since lawsuits were filed against them. Bankrupt companies set aside large amounts of money in trust funds to pay out to future asbestos victims.
Getting money from an asbestos trust fund is simple with the help of an experienced lawyer. The money in these trust funds was set up just for people affected by asbestos diseases. Mesothelioma patients usually receive the most money from trust funds.
The amount of money in asbestos trust funds is estimated at between $30 billion and $37 billion.
These trust value amounts fluctuate, but billions are still available. New trust funds are still being created today. Some people choose not to or aren’t aware of the option to file for compensation in the asbestos bankruptcy trusts.
A legal claim may seem intimidating, but the process is much easier with an experienced attorney. Quality attorneys like those at Bullock Campbell Bullock & Harris will do the work in the process of filing a claim.
Signs of a quality attorney for your mesothelioma case:
- Travels to you: Our firm takes cases from all over the country and our lawyers travel to meet with their clients in person. Most clients don’t need to travel at all during their case regardless of where they live or where the claim is filed.
- Identifies exposure: To file a claim lawyers need to know where a mesothelioma patient was exposed to asbestos and which company supplied that asbestos. Our lawyers take on the challenge of doing all of this research for their clients and identify asbestos exposure even when it seems difficult to pinpoint.
- Won’t charge up front: Mesothelioma clients shouldn’t have to pay an attorney up front. The cost of filing a claim is taken out of the compensation won. Our attorneys fight to get clients the maximum compensation available and don’t get paid until they succeed.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you or a loved one has been affected by mesothelioma.