We want to help make things easier for you and your family. This collection of resources covers legal and financial options available for those affected by mesothelioma as well as specific information for U.S. veterans. We also provide some guidance on end-of-life planning.
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Financial Assistance Options
Don’t let a mesothelioma diagnosis wreak havoc on your bank account. There are several financial options available for those living with mesothelioma, family members who have lost loved ones to this asbestos-related disease, and U.S. military veterans.
When the dangers of asbestos became widely known, many companies that knowingly manufactured asbestos-containing products went bankrupt. Asbestos bankruptcy trusts were set up to ensure that funds would be available for future claims. It is believed that an estimated $30 Billion is available to pay victims and their families.
Lawsuit settlements can be vital for some mesothelioma victims who need to cover the high costs of medical care and make up for other lost funds. Oftentimes, it is best to act quickly and contact a mesothelioma attorney as soon as possible. A lawyer will be able to file a claim on your behalf to get you the compensation you and your family may deserve.
There is an established history of asbestos exposure in military service and elevated risk of mesothelioma in the military population. In addition to seeking legal compensation, veterans may be entitled to benefits through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Rest assured that if you decide to work with an attorney and pursue an asbestos claim, your VA benefits will not be affected.
5 Steps of a Mesothelioma Claim
Have you heard about the trust money available for mesothelioma victims, but are unsure how a claim works? When you contact a mesothelioma law firm, they will guide you through these 5 important steps.
Whether you call, e-mail, or fill out a form online, you will initially speak with a mesothelioma claim advocate, who may ask you questions, such as:
- Who was diagnosed, when, and with what asbestos-related disease?
- What is the victim’s work history? Was he or she ever in the military?
- Has anyone else in your family ever worked around asbestos?
While having any supporting documentation or records on hand can be helpful, it is not necessary.
Your claim advocate will apply the facts to determine whether they meet the criteria to further investigate a potential claim.
Your in-person visit is an excellent time to ask any and every question you may have.
Once you feel your questions have been answered, the representative visiting with you will guide you through all the documents that need to be signed, including medical, Social Security, and military authorization forms. The representative will also explain the fee agreement, but it is important for you to know that your mesothelioma lawyer will get paid only if you receive money from your claim.
After the initial paperwork is taken care of, your claim will be assigned to your legal team consisting of mesothelioma lawyers, paralegals, investigators, and other staff. Your team should schedule an introduction with you within 3 to 10 days.
Once you are comfortable with your team, they will get to work investigating the details of your mesothelioma case. They will evaluate your medical records and, if appropriate, retain experts to review the records. If necessary, they will look into the asbestos-containing products that may have caused the disease.
A claim will be filed when your team believes they have confirmed your diagnosis of mesothelioma and the asbestos-containing products that may have caused this disease. They will file a claim on your behalf, while still continuing to build supporting evidence. They may also take your testimony at a location that is convenient for you. Very rarely does this testimony occur in court.
It is extremely rare for mesothelioma cases to go to trial. With an estimated $30 Billion available in court-ordered trust money, a settlement will likely be offered if your claim is found to be legitimate. Your team will advise you of the money offered and sign off only once you have agreed to the terms.
Time is of the essence with most mesothelioma lawsuits. Attorneys who handle these cases know they must move swiftly on your behalf, as state laws limit the time you have to file a claim.
Veterans: Your Legal and Financial Choices
- VA Benefits
- Caregiver Support
- Legal Options
- Financial Help
- Assistance for Veterans
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- What You Can Do – Right Now
- Helpful, Printable Checklists
- Moving Forward After a Diagnosis
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