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THAN distributed raw chrysotile asbestos and asbestos-containing materials, including laundry products and insulation, from the early 1960s through 1980. THAN was one of several companies that distributed the Agent Orange herbicide and defoliant to the U.S. military from 1965 to 1971. The company also produced pesticides used in the United States.

THAN, a subsidiary of Philips Electronics North America and Koninklijke Philips N.V., was named as a defendant in about 6,000 lawsuits representing about 14,000 clients before the company filed for bankruptcy protection. Over time, the number of lawsuits grew to more than 11,000.

When the company filed for bankruptcy in 2008, it had about $78 million in assets and about $577 million in liabilities. By 2011, the trust had paid more than $325 million in negotiated claims settlements.

How to File a Trust Claim Against THAN?

To file a claim, asbestos victims must file a claims form along with supporting documents. Claims information must include a diagnosis date, disease level, asbestos litigation history and exposure information, including the names of asbestos-containing products.

Like other asbestos trusts, THAN claims are handled on a first-in, first-out (FIFO). Once an award amount is accepted, claimants are paid based on the payment percentage. At the current rate of 23 percent, a claimant with a mesothelioma diagnosis would receive $34,500 through an expedited review.

Anyone exposed to THAN asbestos products or raw materials has the right to file a claim to the T H Agriculture & Nutrition, LLC, Asbestos Personal Injury Trust. Contact us today for a free consultation with an attorney.

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Expedited Review for THAN Asbestos Trust

The THAN trust established eight covered diseases. Claimants who seek an expedited review will receive quick access to financial compensation (if qualified). The settlement amounts, also known as scheduled values, are distributed as fixed sums, as follows:

Disease Compensation
Mesothelioma $150,000
Lung Cancer $65,000
Lung Cancer 2 $0
Other Cancer $30,000
Severe Asbestosis $60,000
Asbestosis/Pleural Disease $3,800 to $8,000
Other Asbestos Disease $500

What does the THAN asbestos personal injury trust require to award payment for mesothelioma cancer?

  • Documentation from the physician that specifies 10 years have elapsed between the first exposure to asbestos or an asbestos-containing product and diagnosis or a history of the claimant’s exposure that establishes a 10-year latency period.
  • Credible medical evidence (such as X-rays, CT scans, detailed results of pulmonary function tests, laboratory results, tissue samples and results of medical examinations or reviews of other medical evidence)
  • Proof of “meaningful and credible exposure” to a THAN asbestos-containing product that the company distributed, sold, marketed, processed, handled or manufactured.

Individual Claim Review for THAN Trust

The THAN Trust follows a financial schedule for individual-review claims:

Disease Compensation
Mesothelioma (Level VIII) $150,000-$900,000
Lung Cancer (Level VII) $65,000-$250,000
Lung Cancer 2 (Level VI) $0-$75,000
Other Cancer (Level V) $30,000-$70,000
Severe Asbestosis (Level IV) $60,000-$250,000
Asbestosis/Pleural Disease (Level III) $8,000 to $15,000
Asbestosis/Pleural Disease (Level II) $3,800-$8,000

The THAN trust allows individuals who have had secondary asbestos exposure, such as from a family member, to file an individual-review claim.

THAN Asbestos PI Trust Payments and Claims

From 2009, when the trust was created, through December 2018, the trust has paid out 255,214 claims totaling $707 million. In 2018 alone, it paid 13,083 claims totaling nearly $34 million.

How many claims have been filed against the THAN Asbestos Trust since it was created?

  • Other asbestos disease (Level I) – 9,722
  • Asbestosis/Pleural Disease (Level II) – 108,493
  • Asbestosis/Pleural Disease (Level III) – 58,570
  • Severe Asbestosis (Level IV) – 4,840
  • Other Cancer (Level V) – 8,534
  • Lung Cancer 2 (Level VI) – 5,880
  • Lung Cancer 1 (Level VII) – 31,489
  • Mesothelioma (Level VIII) – 19,630

How many claims were filed against the THAN Asbestos Personal Injury Trust in 2018?

  • Other asbestos disease (Level I) – 292
  • Asbestosis/Pleural Disease (Level II) – 3,685
  • Asbestosis/Pleural Disease (Level III) – 3,496
  • Severe Asbestosis (Level IV) – 212
  • Other Cancer (Level V) – 776
  • Lung Cancer 2 (Level VI) – 300
  • Lung Cancer 1 (Level VII) – 2,427
  • Mesothelioma (Level VIII) – 1,480

Of the 13,083 claims filed in 2018, 1,196 were withdrawn, 7,802 were deferred and 540 were approved for payment.

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Written and legally reviewed by Daniel Wasserberg

Attorney and On-Site Legal Advocate

Daniel Wasserberg was a New York metropolitan area “Super Lawyer Rising Star” from 2013 to 2018 (attorneys under age 40), and a Super Lawyer in 2019. In 2017, Daniel was named a “Top 100 Civil Litigator” by the National Trial Lawyers organization. This recognition is rarely awarded to attorneys under the age of 40. Daniel is proud to call himself a Trial Lawyer, and is often asked to speak at gatherings of the nation’s leading attorneys, from both sides of the bar.

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