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Mesothelioma Compensation

Mesothelioma victims who have suffered as a result of asbestos exposure have the right to collect money from negligent companies. Over 58 companies have been forced to establish asbestos trust funds to ensure that all victims of commercial asbestos use receive compensation.

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Bankruptcy Trust Funds

Asbestos bankruptcy trusts were created as a way to help people who were injured by negligent asbestos companies. They were created after scores of companies that manufactured and used asbestos filed for bankruptcy protection. The trusts contain billions of dollars and may be available to anyone who has been exposed to asbestos. Disbursement amounts depend on several factors including the level of injury and disability.

Legal Options

Legal claims, including trials, out-of-court settlements and, in some cases, wrongful-death lawsuits, help mesothelioma victims and their families by safeguarding their financial futures. Successful litigation provides funds for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost income and other life necessities. The key to a successful legal decision is to consult with an experienced mesothelioma attorney who can review your case and help you determine the best way forward.

VA Claims & Benefits

Current and former members of the military who were exposed to asbestos are eligible for VA compensation and benefits, including VA disability benefits, benefits for spouses and dependent children and VA pensions. Veterans with proven service-related mesothelioma injuries are typically compensated at a 100-percent disability rate. In addition, veterans who were exposed to asbestos are eligible to seek compensation from negligent companies through bankruptcy trusts and legal claims.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to hire a lawyer to file a claim?

Yes. A mesothelioma lawyer who is experienced in these types of claims will give you the best chance at a successful case. Mesothelioma lawyers work with a team of investigators who are experts in asbestos exposure and associated diseases.

Will I have to go to court to get compensation?

Maybe. If you are filing a claim through an asbestos trust fund, you will not have to go to court. In the case of an asbestos lawsuit, many cases never make it to trial because companies prefer to avoid the publicity and expense. Every case is different so your mesothelioma attorney will help you decide how to proceed.

Can I file a claim against multiple trust funds?

Yes. In many cases, asbestos exposure does not come from just one source.  Our mesothelioma lawyers will help determine where your exposure occurred.

If I owned my own business can I file a claim?

Yes. Owning a business does not limit your rights to mesothelioma claims against asbestos manufacturers. A mesothelioma lawyer will investigate where your exposure occurred and which manufacturers are at fault.

Can I file a claim without suing my employer?

Yes. Trust fund claims and mesothelioma lawsuit are separate actions that are handled differently. Your mesothelioma lawyer will help you decide which option is best for your case.

Can I file an asbestos trust fund claim and file a lawsuit?

Yes. In some cases, claimants are eligible to seek compensation under both a trust fund and lawsuit. Since each claimant has individual circumstances, a mesothelioma attorney can help determine the best approach.

Do family members have a right to file for compensation from an asbestos trust?

Yes. Family members of asbestos victims may be entitled to compensation from an asbestos trust even if their loved ones have died. A mesothelioma attorney can help family members determine the best course of action.

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Reviewed by Joyce Courtney-Peterson

Attorney and On-Site Legal Advocate

Joyce Courtney-Peterson is a lawyer and legal advocate at Joyce Courtney-Peterson is a proud graduate of the University of Florida with honors, and she received her Juris Doctor in 1978 from Samford University's prestigious Cumberland School of Law with honors. Joyce is a cancer survivor so she understands the emotions that go into fighting cancer and strives to keep at-fault corporations accountable for the injuries they caused.

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