Hundreds of thousands of people in the U.S. have filed compensation claims for asbestos-related injuries. If you or a family member has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you may be entitled to financial compensation. You have the right to hold accountable those who are responsible.
How Were So Many People Exposed to Asbestos?
Prior to the 1980s, hundreds of companies manufactured thousands of asbestos-containing products. Many of these companies continued to distribute the products even after knowing they were dangerous. Some companies actually hid this critical information from the public, the government, and the U.S. military. As a result, millions of Americans were exposed to asbestos without even knowing. Years later, many of these people started getting sick and dying from mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases. Even if a company went out of business years ago, trust money may still be available for asbestos victims and their families.
$30 Billion in Asbestos Trusts for Legal Claims
By the 1970s, thousands of lawsuits against manufacturers of asbestos-containing products began to flood the court system. In an effort to protect their ill-gotten profits, many of these companies tried to walk away from their responsibilities by filing for bankruptcy protection instead of compensating the people harmed by the deadly products they knowingly sold.
Thankfully, lawyers for the victims and the courts stood up to these companies— and the courts ordered them to put money into trusts that would pay the victims and families who were impacted by the asbestos-containing products they manufactured before the courts would protect them from future lawsuits. More than 55 companies have established these court-ordered trusts. To date, approximately $30 Billion has been placed into these trusts, and that amount is expected to grow. Your claim is often made against one or more of these asbestos trusts—not against the U.S. government or the armed forces.
Victims of asbestos-related cancers who are filing a claim against a trust do not have to go through a lengthy trial to receive compensation. The money is awarded through a simplified claims process that can be completed with the help of a knowledgeable mesothelioma attorney. There are often time limits associated with these claims, so it is important to act quickly.
For more information, call one of our helpful Claim Advocates. He or she can connect you with an asbestos attorney who may be able to help you receive the justice and the compensation you deserve.
Special trusts – estimated at over $30 Billion – have been set up to provide money for mesothelioma victims and their loved ones.
Hiring a Mesothelioma Lawyer
Working with an attorney does not have to be a stressful experience. In fact, you will probably not even have to leave the comfort of your own home—as most mesothelioma lawyers will come to you if you prefer. When you meet, your lawyer will work with you to determine if, how, when, and where you may have been exposed to asbestos. After reviewing the information you provide, an attorney will begin the process of determining whether or not you may be eligible for compensation from one of the hundreds of companies responsible for making and selling asbestos-containing products. These products include insulation, wallboard, roofing shingles, ceiling tiles, flooring, and fireplace tiles—to name just a few.
In addition to the building materials commonly found in homes built before the 1980s, asbestos-containing products often surrounded people when they went to work every day. Professions with higher risk of frequent exposure include the military (especially in the U.S. Navy), shipbuilding, plumbing, electrical, construction, and more.
3 Ways Lawyers May Be Able to Help You
- Maximizing Compensation – If you qualify, a mesothelioma lawyer may be able to help you receive the largest possible settlement. With an estimated $30 Billion available in court-ordered trust money to compensate asbestos victims and their families, a settlement will likely be offered if your claim is found to be legitimate. Your mesothelioma lawyer will advise you of the money offered and sign off only once you have agreed to the terms.
- Navigating the Claims Process – The steps for filing a claim against an asbestos trust established to compensate victims of corporate greed that caused asbestos-related disease are different than the process of pursuing legal action against companies that are still doing business. A mesothelioma attorney will help determine who is responsible and what type of legal action might be taken.
- Knowledge on Your Side – Mesothelioma lawyers understand how to manage the specific and complicated legal issues related to this rare disease.
Who Is Responsible?
If your attorney can determine that you were exposed to an asbestos-containing product or products manufactured by a company (or companies) now out of business, a claim will usually be submitted to one or more asbestos trusts. If your mesothelioma can be traced to a product or products made by a company (or companies) that is still in business, a lawsuit may be filed against that company (or companies).
If you were exposed to asbestos as a result of your military service, you will not be suing the U.S. government. Bankrupt or not, it is the manufacturers of asbestos-containing materials, who sold their products to the U.S. government, that are responsible.
Things to Consider When Hiring a Mesothelioma Lawyer
- A Solid Track Record – Make sure any attorney or law firm you hire has years of proven success in winning cases and maximizing compensation for asbestos victims.
- National Know-How – Laws differ from state to state, so look for a lawyer who understands the important and often subtle differences.
- No Travel Required – Look for a firm that will send a representative to your home and make things easier for you.
- Contingency Agreement vs. Hourly Fees – Typically there are no up-front or out-of-pocket costs required to work with a mesothelioma attorney. Instead, most lawyers will agree to take only a percentage of the settlement if they recover money on your behalf, in addition to being reimbursed for any out of pocket expenses processing your claim. This is standard practice for these types of cases and is referred to as working on a contingency basis. It means that the lawyer is not paid unless you receive compensation from your case. You may also choose to hire a lawyer who charges an hourly fee. Because this option can be very expensive, most people find the contingency fee arrangement to be easier and more affordable.
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State laws limit the time you have to file a claim. Attorneys who handle these cases understand that they must move quickly on your behalf, but you have to take the first step.
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