Asbestos Trust Funds

When manufacturers of asbestos products file for bankruptcy, they must set aside compensation for current and future asbestos victims in asbestos trust funds. There is currently an estimated $30 Billion available in these trusts, and Sokolove Law can help you pursue a portion of this money. We know the hardship mesothelioma brings on families like yours, which is why we fight for the justice you deserve.

What Are Asbestos Trust Funds?

Asbestos trust funds are a type of compensation set aside for victims of mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases. Companies that mined, produced, or used asbestos in their products and later filed for bankruptcy were forced to create these special trusts so people hurt by asbestos could file a claim for a portion of the money.

Filing an asbestos claim against a bankruptcy settlement trust typically moves more quickly through the system. It does not require you to give a deposition or go through a public trial in court. Further, depending on your exposure history, you may be able to access compensation from both mesothelioma trust funds and a lawsuit.

If you were exposed to multiple asbestos-containing products, you may qualify for compensation from multiple trusts. An experienced mesothelioma lawyer can help you determine your eligibility for trust fund compensation.

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Who Can File an Asbestos Trust Fund Claim?

Mesothelioma victims or immediate family members on their behalf may be eligible to receive compensation from the manufacturers of dangerous asbestos products that caused the disease. Even if your loved one is deceased, as a family member, you may be able to file an asbestos trust fund claim.

However, the time that you have to file a claim is limited, as different states and jurisdictions have different time limits for filing. If you delay, any rights you may have could be forever lost. The mesothelioma lawyers who work with Sokolove Law can help determine if you are still eligible and, if so, file your claim in time.

Average Asbestos Trust Fund Payout

Asbestos trust fund payouts are entirely dependent on a person’s diagnosis and individual exposure history.

Trusts award different compensation amounts depending on your disease or cancer type. Also, you will only qualify for trust fund compensation from companies whose products your legal team can prove you were exposed to. For these reasons, there is no way to determine exactly how much any given person may expect to receive from trust funds.

That said, working with an experienced mesothelioma lawyer is the best way to maximize your potential compensation. The asbestos attorneys at Sokolove Law have a vast database of information and resources to determine multiple manufacturers at fault for your illness — and, in turn, pursue compensation from every possible avenue.

Asbestos Trust Funds: A Case Study

A former operating engineer diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma received a total of $187,438 in asbestos bankruptcy claims. His legal team used his work and asbestos exposure histories to identify multiple products to which he was exposed.

He was also able to file additional asbestos lawsuits, which brought his total compensation to over $2 Million.

Understanding How Asbestos Trust Funds Are Made

Beginning in the 1980s, an influx of asbestos lawsuits caused some manufacturers to go out of business and file for protection under Chapter 11 of the bankruptcy code.

Asbestos companies that wanted Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection were ordered by the courts to put money aside for those harmed by their products. This meant creating a settlement trust to provide for current and future victims and their families.

For nearly 40 years, manufacturers of asbestos-containing products have tried to limit their liability for injuries they caused thousands of hard-working Americans by filing for protection under the bankruptcy laws. As a result, today there is an estimated $30 Billion in court-ordered trusts available to compensate mesothelioma patients and their families.

List of Asbestos Trust Funds

The following is just a partial list of asbestos companies with established trust funds set up to compensate current and future individuals with valid asbestos personal injury claims.

CompanyAsbestos Trust FundCreated
A-Best ProductsA-Best Asbestos Settlement Trust2004
A. P. Green IndustriesAPG Asbestos Trust2014
A.B.B. Global Inc.Lummus 524(g) Asbestos Personal Injury Trust2006
A & I CorporationA & I Corporation Asbestos Bodily Injury Trust2005
ACandS, Inc.ACandS Asbestos Settlement Trust2008
API, Inc.API, Inc. Asbestos Settlement Trust2006
Armstrong World IndustriesArmstrong World Industries, Inc. Asbestos Personal Injury Settlement Trust2006
ARTRA Group, Inc.ARTRA 524(g) Asbestos Trust2007
Asarco, Inc.ASARCO LLC Asbestos Personal Injury Settlement Trust2009
Asbestos Claims Management Corp./National Gypsum CompanyNGC Bodily Injury Trust1993
Babcock & Wilcox CompanyBabcock & Wilcox Asbestos Trust2006
BondexBondex Asbestos Personal Injury Trust2016
Burns & Roe Enterprises, Inc.Burns & Roe Asbestos Personal Injury Settlement Trust2009
C.E. Thurston & SonsC.E. Thurston & Sons, Inc. Asbestos Trust2006
Celotex Corporation/Carey Canada, Inc.Celotex Asbestos Settlement Trust1997
Combustion EngineeringCombustion Engineering 524(g) Asbestos Personal Injury Trust2006
Congoleum CorporationCongoleum Plan Trust2010
DII Industries, LLC (Dresser Industries)DII Industries, LLC Asbestos Personal Injury Trust2005
Eagle-Picher CorporationEagle-Picher Industries Personal Injury Settlement Trust1996
EJ Bartells Co., Inc.Bartells Asbestos Settlement Trust2001
Federal Mogul Corp.Federal Mogul U.S. Asbestos Personal Injury2007
FerodoFederal-Mogul Asbestos Personal Injury Trust - Ferodo Subfund2011
FlexitallicFederal-Mogul Asbestos Personal Injury Trust - Flexitallic Subfund2011
Flintkote Co./Flintkote Mines Ltd.Flintkote Company and Flintkote Mines Limited Asbestos Personal Injury Trust2015
General MotorsMLC Asbestos Personal Injury Trust2012
G-I HoldingsG-1 Asbestos Settlement Trust2009
Hercules ChemicalHercules Chemical Company, Inc. Asbestos Settlement Trust2011
H. K. Porter Co., Inc.H. K. Porter Asbestos Trust1998
J. T. Thorpe (C.D. Cal.)J.T. Thorpe Settlement Trust2006
J. T. Thorpe (S.D. Tex.)J.T. Thorpe Company Successor Trust2004
Johns-Manville Corporation/Philadelphia Asbestos Corp. (Pacor)Manville Personal Injury Settlement Trust1988
Kaiser Aluminum Corp.Kaiser Asbestos Personal Injury Trust 2006
Keene Corp.Keene Creditors Trust 1996
KentileMetex Asbestos Personal Injury Trust 2015
Leslie ControlsLeslie Controls, Inc. Asbestos Personal Injury Trust 2011
MacArthur Co./Western Asbestos CompanyWestern Asbestos Settlement Trust 2004
North American Refractories Co. (NARCO)North American Refractories Company Asbestos Personal Injury Settlement Trust2013
Owens CorningOwens Corning Fibreboard Asbestos Personal Injury Trust - Owens Corning Subfund2006
Owens Corning/Fibreboard Corp.Owens Corning Fibreboard Asbestos Personal Injury Trust 2006
Pittsburgh CorningPittsburgh Corning Corporation Asbestos Personal Injury Trust 2013
Plant Insulation CompanyPlant Insulation Company Asbestos Settlement Trust 2012
Plibrico Co.Plibrico Asbestos Trust2006
Porter-Hayden Co.Porter Hayden Bodily Injury Trust2006
Quigley Co.Quigley Company, Inc. Asbestos Personal Injury Trust2013
Raymark Corp./Raytech Corp.Raytech Corporation Asbestos Personal Injury Settlement Trust 2000
Shook & Fletcher Insulation Co.Shook & Fletcher Asbestos Settlement Trust 2002
T. H. Agriculture & NutritionT. H. Agriculture & Nutrition, LLC Asbestos Personal Injury Trust 2009
Thorpe Insulation Co./Pacific Insulation Co. Thorpe Insulation Company Asbestos Personal Injury Settlement Trust 2006
Turner & NewallFederal-Mogul Asbestos Personal Injury Trust - Turner & Newall Subfund2007
United Gilsonite LaboratoriesUnited Gilsonite Laboratories Asbestos Personal Injury Trust 2015
United States Gypsum Co./ USG Corp. United States Gypsum Asbestos Personal Injury Settlement Trust2006
United States Mineral ProductsUnited States Mineral Products Company Asbestos Personal Injury Settlement Trust 2005
UNR Industries, Inc./Unarco Industries, Inc.UNR Asbestos-Disease Claims Trust1990
W.R. Grace & Co.WRG Asbestos Personal Injury Trust2014
YarwayYarway Asbestos Personal Injury Trust2016

The company that made the products you were exposed to may not be included on the list above — but this does not necessarily mean that you can’t access mesothelioma compensation. After decades of mergers and acquisitions and restructuring, many of the trusts have different names, but funds may still be available.

Steps in Filing a Trust Fund Claim

  1. A member of our team will collect information about your work history and potential asbestos exposures. Working with this provided information, we will conduct a thorough investigation to identify the asbestos-containing products that you may have been exposed to.
  2. After evidence of exposure has been identified, testimony (affidavit, sworn statement, or deposition) will be collected from the person or persons with knowledge of the exposure.
  3. At this point, our team of mesothelioma attorneys and their staff will review exposure information and recommend either an expedited review or an individual review of the claim.
    • Expedited Review: Most trusts have determined a payout for those that meet basic requirements for approval of a claim; this means every claimant approved with the same disease gets the same award (money).
    • Individual Review: If our lawyers determine that you may be awarded more money based on the unique facts of your claim, they may recommend that you pursue an individual review. In this case, the trustee may award a higher amount than offered through the expedited review. This process can take longer, and it is possible the trustee may award less money than the expedited review.
  4. Trust fund administrators will “liquidate” your claim and provide you with compensation.

In some circumstances, claimants may choose to file both an asbestos trust claim and a mesothelioma lawsuit. Filing both can become an option when a single asbestos-related illness was caused by several companies’ negligence.

Trust Funds and Other Types of Compensation

Based on your work history and the historical data collected by our mesothelioma lawyers over the past several decades, we are often able to link asbestos exposure to one or more asbestos-containing products.

For this reason, it is possible that you may qualify for compensation from asbestos trust funds, lawsuit settlements and verdicts, and other avenues like VA benefits. Pursuing money from asbestos bankruptcy trusts does not prevent you from also filing a lawsuit against solvent companies potentially responsible for your cancer.

Filing an asbestos claim also does not impact your VA benefits. As a veteran, you may still seek assistance from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in the form of disability compensation, health care coverage, and other benefits.

Common Questions About Asbestos Trust Funds

Should I work with a lawyer to file a trust fund claim?

Working with a lawyer is the best way to maximize the compensation you receive.

Trust fund compensation is tied to your asbestos exposure history — but many clients’ exposures occurred decades ago. In turn, it can be challenging to remember the exact asbestos products you were exposed to and what company manufactured them. This is why it is critical to work with an experienced mesothelioma law firm like Sokolove Law.

We maintain a large warehouse full of evidence and a proprietary database that we will utilize to determine if we have already represented someone from the same or similar jobsite and will review the evidence for your claim.

How much money is left in asbestos trust funds?

An estimated $30 Billion is available to pay out claims to victims of asbestos exposure.

Can you get compensation for asbestosis?

You may be eligible for financial compensation if you were diagnosed with other asbestos-related diseases, including asbestosis and lung cancer. Our team can help you determine if you may qualify for compensation.

Are asbestos trust fund payouts taxable?

Asbestos trust fund compensation tends to be tax-free — however, your mesothelioma lawyer can help you determine whether the money you receive is taxable.

File a Trust Fund Claim With Sokolove Law

Sokolove Law is the first truly national law firm, with offices and a licensed attorney in nearly every state. Our national network of attorneys understands occupational exposure and have access to a warehouse of documents on asbestos-containing products and where they were used. This will help determine the products you were exposed to.

At Sokolove Law, the goal of your legal team is to provide you the personal attention you deserve.

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you may be entitled to compensation. The experienced and knowledgeable Case Managers at Sokolove Law are ready to help guide you through the mesothelioma claims process. Receive a free case review to get started.

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Last modified: February 4, 2021