Mesothelioma Compensation

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Mesothelioma victims can seek compensation through lawsuits or asbestos trust fund claims. This compensation holds negligent manufacturers of asbestos-containing products accountable. For over 40 years, Sokolove Law has helped mesothelioma victims file successful legal claims. We have recovered over $4.6 Billion in financial compensation.

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Why Mesothelioma Victims Deserve Compensation

Sokolove Law is committed to helping victims of mesothelioma, a deadly cancer caused by asbestos exposure.

Manufacturers of asbestos-containing products chose to use asbestos because it was cheap and profitable. In doing so, they put profits over people and put innocent families at risk.

Those diagnosed with mesothelioma may be eligible to pursue financial compensation. Sokolove Law can help.

Victims can pursue mesothelioma compensation through:

  • Lawsuits
  • Asbestos trust fund claims
  • VA benefits

Sokolove Law has spent over 40 years helping families receive mesothelioma financial compensation. We’re ready to help you, too.

Types of Mesothelioma Compensation

All asbestos claims aim to recover financial compensation for mesothelioma victims. This compensation not only helps ensure financial stability. It also holds manufacturers of asbestos-containing products accountable.

There are different types of mesothelioma compensation available for eligible victims. The type of claim filed will differ for each individual victim and/or their family.

Asbestos Trust Funds

Asbestos trust funds are special funds created to pay claims for mesothelioma victims, their families, and those diagnosed in the future.

When the dangers of asbestos became known, thousands began filing asbestos-related lawsuits. To protect themselves, many manufacturers of asbestos-containing products filed for bankruptcy.

The courts then tried to prevent these companies from getting away unpunished. They ordered the negligent manufacturers to set up asbestos trust funds. An estimated $30 Billion has been set aside for victims.

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Many people diagnosed with mesothelioma are entitled to compensation.

For over 40 years we have helped families file for mesothelioma compensation with an average settlement of $1 Million. Let us find out how much you’re entitled to by selecting yes or no on the previous screen or contacting us at (800) 647-3434.

Mesothelioma Settlements

A mesothelioma settlement is one result of a mesothelioma lawsuit. Roughly 99% of the time, these lawsuits will settle out-of-court before reaching a trial before a jury.

Sokolove Law has helped thousands of victims receive compensation through settlements. Most settlements have exceeded $1 Million. Often, payments to victims started within 12 months of filing a claim.

Mesothelioma Trial Verdict Compensation

A verdict is the result of a mesothelioma lawsuit that has been to trial before a jury. Reaching a verdict takes longer than reaching a settlement and comes with more risk.

Because settlements are so common, trial verdicts are rare. If going to trial is the most helpful for your case, Sokolove Law is equipped and ready to represent you in court and fight on your behalf.

U.S. Veterans’ VA Benefits

Many American veterans have been diagnosed with mesothelioma from asbestos exposure during their service.

Veterans can apply for veterans’ benefits through a claim with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). A VA claim allows eligible veterans to receive free health care and monthly payments of over $3,000 each month.

A veteran benefit claim is completely separate from Social Security benefits and lawsuits and does not affect the status of either.

It’s important to remember that a mesothelioma lawsuit is not against the government. Rather, it is against the companies that supplied the government with dangerous materials.

Mesothelioma Compensation Eligibility

Eligibility requirements for mesothelioma compensation will vary depending on which type is pursued.

The most common requirements for mesothelioma compensation are: 

  1. A confirmed medical diagnosis of mesothelioma
  2. History of asbestos exposure
    • Your asbestos exposure may have occurred through military exposure or a specific trade or occupation. Some workers brought asbestos unknowingly into their homes on their clothes and hair. They then passed asbestos fibers onto others in their household.
  3. Being within the statute of limitations

Sokolove Law knows state-specific asbestos laws and the requirements needed to qualify for each type of mesothelioma compensation.

Contact our law firm to determine the best way for you to pursue compensation.

General Eligibility Requirements for Mesothelioma Compensation by Type
Lawsuit
  • Confirmed mesothelioma diagnosis
  • Records proving your asbestos exposure took place at a certain worksite and/or with use of certain asbestos-containing products
  • List of companies that manufactured and/or sold the products in question
Trust Fund
  • Confirmed mesothelioma diagnosis
  • Manufacturers responsible for exposure is defunct, has filed for bankruptcy, and has established an asbestos trust fund
  • Evidence of exposure to an asbestos-containing product is covered by the trust
  • Records that prove claimant was exposed to asbestos while at specific worksite or while using certain asbestos-containing products
Veterans Administration Benefits
  • Confirmed mesothelioma diagnosis
  • Exposure to asbestos was service-related
  • Contact a Veterans Service Officer (VSO) for more information on requirements for VA benefits

 

Steps for Pursuing Mesothelioma Compensation

While each individual’s circumstances are different, victims who file a mesothelioma compensation claim will typically follow similar steps.

Step 1. Contact Sokolove Law

Securing mesothelioma compensation requires the help of a reputable mesothelioma lawyer. At Sokolove Law, our network of attorneys will walk with you through each and every step of the process.

Top reasons to choose Sokolove Law when pursuing mesothelioma compensation:

  • We have over 40 years of experience successfully handling asbestos claims.
  • We are one of the first truly nationwide firms. We have offices and a licensed attorney in nearly every state. This means we can pursue legal claims in the state that helps maximize your potential compensation.
  • Our team has access to thousands of resources — from medical experts who work with mesothelioma patients every day to an entire warehouse filled with extensive documentation on asbestos-containing products and manufacturers. If you used a product with asbestos, we more than likely have information on it.
  • We have helped thousands of people secure more than $4.6 Billion and counting in compensation.

Sokolove Law will help you pursue every compensation option available to you so that you receive money as quickly as possible.

Step 2. Let Us Determine Your Eligibility

Eligibility for pursuing compensation begins with a confirmed mesothelioma diagnosis.

If you have an eligible claim, Sokolove Law will start building your case by confirming your diagnosis and determining which asbestos-containing products may have caused your cancer.

Some mesothelioma victims are not healthy enough to call or have already passed away. In these cases, the estate representative should contact us to determine the next steps. Mesothelioma claims can be filed after a victim’s death, but there are time limits.

Even if you are not the victim’s estate representative and do not know who has been appointed to serve in this role, we still encourage you to call Sokolove Law with questions and to determine how we may be able to help in your situation.

Step 3. File a Mesothelioma Compensation Claim

Sokolove Law will then file the mesothelioma claim on behalf of the victim.

The claim will contain details of:

  • Asbestos exposure
  • Medical history
  • Work history
  • Proof of corporate negligence

Remembering specific details of your asbestos exposure can sometimes be difficult. Let Sokolove Law do the legwork. We will gather personal recollections from you and your family, as well as company evidence, to build a strong case on your behalf.

Frequently Asked Questions About Mesothelioma Compensation

How can mesothelioma compensation help?

Mesothelioma and other illnesses linked to asbestos exposure are difficult to treat. For this reason, expenses can add up quickly.

Mesothelioma compensation can help a patient and their family pay for:

  • Past and future medical costs
  • Costs associated with hiring home help or caretakers
  • Counseling or emotional therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Wages lost to inability to work
  • Everyday living expenses
  • Financial security
  • Prescriptions and medicine
  • Funeral and burial costs

Of course, everyone’s situation is different, and this does not serve as an exhaustive list of all possible expenses.

Above all, mesothelioma compensation holds negligent manufacturers of asbestos-containing products accountable for putting profits ahead of people for decades.

How much mesothelioma compensation can a patient get?

A victim’s compensation will vary based on exposure and the individual facts of the case.

Since mesothelioma case values vary greatly, a full case evaluation is needed to determine the potential outcome.

Asbestos Trust Fund Amounts

The median payout amount from asbestos trust funds is around $300,000 to $400,000. However, this amount varies greatly. Some asbestos trust fund claims can pay out as much as $750,000 or more.

In addition, many mesothelioma victims qualify for multiple trusts, allowing them to maximize their potential compensation.

Mesothelioma Settlement Amounts

The average mesothelioma settlement for Sokolove Law clients is $1 Million. Settlement amounts vary and can fall outside of this range based on the strength of a case.

Mesothelioma Verdict Amounts

Taking a mesothelioma case to trial comes with great risk, and most mesothelioma cases settle out of court. It usually requires much more time and money to reach a trial verdict, so the majority of victims choose to settle.

If you wish to have your case tried in court, Sokolove Law is prepared to fight on your behalf.

Can family members receive mesothelioma compensation after their loved one has died?

A family member’s ability to file a lawsuit usually depends on whether they are named as the estate representative on behalf of the deceased. If this is the case, we can help eligible family members file a wrongful death lawsuit.

Wrongful death lawsuits can provide mesothelioma compensation for family members that helps pay for past-due medical bills and funeral costs — and provide financial security for a spouse or other dependents.

Choose Sokolove Law to Pursue Your Mesothelioma Compensation

Navigating the claims process on your own is extremely difficult and almost always requires the help of a well-established mesothelioma law firm.

Over the past 40 years, Sokolove Law has helped secure over $4.6 Billion in compensation for victims of asbestos exposure. Our firm prides itself on helping victims who were wrongly injured by reckless corporate behavior.

To learn if you may be eligible for compensation, start your free case review now.

Author:Ricky A. LeBlanc
Ricky A. LeBlanc

Managing Attorney Sokolove Law

Ricky A. LeBlanc is the Managing Attorney at Sokolove Law. As Managing Attorney, Ricky is responsible for all communications with prospective clients and, along with his team of paralegals and case managers, review all potential cases.

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