Filing a mesothelioma claim can be a long and complicated process. Patients and families are encouraged to seek help from professionals that have the experience needed to help you file your mesothelioma claim.
In filing a mesothelioma claim, it is important to understand your rights as an injured victim. You have the right to compensation for injuries you did not cause. Our attorneys understand these rights and assist patients and families in getting the compensation they deserve.
Veterans who file claims must undergo a rigorous process of documenting their disease. Even with that, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs can easily deny the claims. Our VA claims specialists help veterans and their families move through the paperwork quickly, efficiently and successfully.
Types of Claims
Every asbestos-cancer victim has a different set of circumstances that require different forms of financial compensation. Some require funds quickly, so they opt for bankruptcy trusts, while others choose to file lawsuits. Others still choose to depend on VA benefits for help.
- Bankruptcies and Trusts – Trusts were established to exclusively help victims of asbestos.
- Filing a Lawsuit – Some 600,000 asbestos victims have filed lawsuits in the past two decades alone.
- Workers’ Compensation – Workers’ comp claims are designed to cover costs that include lost wages and medical treatment.
- VA Benefits – Veterans exposed to asbestos during military service are covered at 100 percent.
Anyone who has been injured as a result of asbestos exposure should consider filing for compensation. This is money that cannot only pay for insurance coverage and medical treatments, but it can also give the patient peace of mind knowing there is funds to cover other incoming bills.
Those who are diagnosed with secondhand asbestos exposure and resulting mesothelioma are also eligible for financial compensation, as are family members who are caregivers to asbestos-cancer patients. In all cases, statutes of limitations set restrictions on the amount of time a claim can be filed.
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A mesothelioma diagnosis is overwhelming. In addition to meeting your medical requirements, you have to determine where you’ll get the money to pay for treatment, how you will deal with the day-to-day expenses and how you’ll continue to meet your family’s needs along the way.
When a circuit court in 1973 found asbestos manufacturers liable to workers for injuries caused by the product, the doors opened to tens of thousands of lawsuits to protect workers who were unknowingly and sometimes maliciously exposed to asbestos. Workers turned to the court system to not only collect compensatory funds for their injuries but also underscore workers’ rights.
Today, asbestos litigation is called the largest mass tort in history. There are tens of thousands of asbestos-related cases pending in state and federal courts, with California, Illinois, Philadelphia and New York continuing to see the largest number of cases filed. With up to 3,000 people being diagnosed with asbestos-related cancers per year, more claims are filed every day.
- White, Michelle J. “Asbestos Litigation: The Problem of Forum Shopping and Procedural Innovations, and Potential Solutions.” Retrieved from http://econweb.ucsd.edu/~miwhite/Manh-Inst-talk.pdf
- Mealey’s Litigation Report. Asbestos – show me the money. Retrieved from http://www.bateswhite.com/media/publication/59_media.285.pdf