Filing a claim is an important step to take if you have mesothelioma. Through a legal claim, you can receive compensation from asbestos companies and former employers. Compensation can help pay for the high cost of mesothelioma treatment. The best way to pursue a claim is by working with an experienced mesothelioma law firm.
What Is a Mesothelioma Claim?
Ultimately, a mesothelioma claim could help you and your family to get compensation after a mesothelioma diagnosis.
Manufacturers of asbestos-containing products were found to be directly responsible after thousands of people were diagnosed with mesothelioma. These companies knew the risks of asbestos-based products but hid this truth from the public.
You and your family may be able to receive money from these companies with the help of a mesothelioma law firm. These firms are made up of mesothelioma lawyers who use their legal experience to your benefit.
To maximize your chances of success, you should file a mesothelioma claim sooner rather than later. Every state has a statute of limitations. This is the time frame in which you can file a claim.
After a certain length of time, you can no longer file a mesothelioma claim. This means you will not be able to receive compensation.
What Can I Gain From a Claim?
Through the mesothelioma claims process, patients and their families may be able to receive monetary compensation. This compensation can help pay for medical treatments, cover lost wages from your illness, and provide financial security for your family.
Asbestos companies set aside over $30 Billion in trust funds for those with mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases. This number is expected to grow as more people are diagnosed — but that is just the tip of the iceberg.
Outside of trust funds, you or your family could pursue personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits. A personal injury lawsuit is filed by the mesothelioma patient. A wrongful death lawsuit is filed by their families or estate. These suits are typically settled out of court for around $1 to 2 Million.
Who Can File a Mesothelioma Claim?
Patients, families, or estates can file a claim at different times.
- Patients can file a claim with the help of their spouse, children, or other family members.
- Family members may also file a claim on the behalf of a loved one if the patient in question is too sick to file.
- Estates are the bundle of assets left behind when someone dies. Those who oversee the estate (normally family members) can file a claim after the patient has died to protect these assets. They can also continue legal action started by the patient.
Immediate benefits of a mesothelioma claim extend out to other family members. Family members often put their lives on hold to care for someone with mesothelioma. In addition, families might be at risk of illness due to secondhand asbestos exposure.
Veterans and Mesothelioma Claims
Veterans with mesothelioma can seek disability and other benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and through a legal claim.
Asbestos companies actively worked to downplay the dangers of their products. They misled the military and claimed asbestos was safe. Thus, no claims can be pursued against the U.S. military or government because they were in the dark like you.
Veterans frequently pursue VA benefits and mesothelioma claims to cover the expenses of their mesothelioma treatments.
What to Know When Filing a Mesothelioma Claim
As you file a mesothelioma claim, there are several important points to keep in mind. The most important is to know the statute of limitations in your area.
The statute of limitations is the amount of time that you have to file a claim. This time limit varies by state. Your claim will be permanently denied if you file it after the date specified in the statute.
By partnering with an experienced mesothelioma law firm, you can avoid this common issue. Sokolove Law has helped thousands of people get compensation, and we can help you, too.
EXPERIENCE: For over 40 years, Sokolove Law has helped over 6,000 families impacted by mesothelioma and other asbestos-caused illnesses. We have a proven track record for success.
REACH: We have attorneys in nearly every state, allowing us to litigate cases from anywhere. As a result, we may be able to file your claim in states where a successful outcome is more likely.
RESOURCES: When you partner with Sokolove Law, our attorneys will work together and pool their resources for your case. Sokolove Law has a huge archive of mesothelioma-related information we can use to strengthen your claim.
Types of Mesothelioma Claims
There are a few different ways you can seek legal compensation from asbestos companies. However, all not forms of compensation may be available to you depending on your case. An experienced mesothelioma attorney can determine which one would be best to pursue.
After thousands of lawsuits were filed against companies that produced and sold asbestos-containing products, many of them filed for bankruptcy. These companies were ordered by the courts to create asbestos trust funds to compensate victims of asbestos exposure. These funds have an estimated worth of over $30 Billion.
Today, there are over 100 asbestos-related trust funds throughout the United States. It is important to remember that payout through a trust fund will vary depending on the extent of your illness.
Most often, mesothelioma attorneys will seek compensation by settling with a trust fund.
Personal Injury Lawsuit
A personal injury lawsuit can be filed against the companies that wronged you. If your claim is successful, you may be awarded compensation to help pay for your medical care.
Personal mesothelioma lawsuits are almost always filed against companies, including former employers and asbestos manufacturers, through the civil courts system.
95% of personal injury lawsuits are usually settled out of court rather than going to trial. This allows patients to receive compensation without a jury trial, which can take months or even years.
If your claim goes to trial, Sokolove Law will provide direct representation for you and your family.
The average mesothelioma settlement pays around $1 to 2 Million, but the numbers vary for each case.
Workers’ compensation is a form of insurance that helps those who got injured or sick while doing their job. Those who develop mesothelioma or another asbestos-related illness may be eligible for workers’ compensation if they were exposed to asbestos in the workplace.
The U.S. Department of Labor notes that there are several compensation plans you may qualify for. While workers’ compensation is helpful, it may not be enough to pay for all of your medical expenses. Fortunately, receiving workers’ compensation does not prevent you from filing a mesothelioma lawsuit.
Wrongful Death Lawsuit
Family members may pursue a wrongful death lawsuit if exposure to asbestos led to the death of a loved one. They may also carry on a lawsuit started by the patient before they died.
These are important options for families because some mesothelioma patients may only live a few months after they are first diagnosed.
Wrongful death lawsuits can help cover expenses a loved one left behind, including medical bills or debt. Punitive damages may also be rewarded for the family’s pain and suffering.
5 Steps for Filing an Asbestos Claim
Filing a mesothelioma claim with Sokolove Law is easy. By filing a claim, our team does the heavy legal lifting so you and your family can focus on healing.
- Call or contact Sokolove Law, toll-free: A Sokolove Law case manager will gather basic information to determine if your claim can be pursued.
- A Sokolove Law team member will visit you: If your claim can be investigated, a member of our team will come directly to your home at your convenience. They will review legal documents with you and have you sign them.
- Meet your dedicated team: Once the paperwork is complete, you will be assigned to a team of mesothelioma lawyers, paralegals, and support staff who will answer additional questions you may have.
- We will build support for your claim: Your Sokolove Law team will secure additional medical records and research the asbestos-containing products that may have caused your disease.
- A mesothelioma lawyer will file your claim: Once we have collected all the necessary information, your asbestos lawyer will file your claim. We will collect your testimony at a convenient time and location.
Once your claim is filed, Sokolove Law will be here to assist you through the rest of the process.
If we resolve your asbestos claim, we will inform you about the compensation being offered. We will only sign off on it after you have explicitly agreed to the terms.
Start the Asbestos Claim Process Today
Sokolove Law will make the claims process as easy as possible for you and your family. As one of the nation’s most prominent mesothelioma law firms, we have over 40 years of experience handling personal injury claims.
Our dedicated mesothelioma lawyers, paralegals, and case managers can help you get the justice and compensation you may deserve. However, we cannot help you if the statute of limitations runs out.