Through a mesothelioma claim, you may be eligible to receive compensation from the manufacturers of asbestos-containing products if you or your loved one have been diagnosed with mesothelioma. Compensation can help pay for the high cost of mesothelioma treatment, provide financial security for your family, and hold the companies that caused your cancer accountable. The best way to pursue a claim is by working with an experienced mesothelioma law firm like Sokolove Law.
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Why File a Mesothelioma Claim?
Mesothelioma claims help patients and their families access monetary compensation from the manufacturers of asbestos-containing products after a mesothelioma diagnosis.
Manufacturers of asbestos-containing products were found to be directly responsible after thousands of people were diagnosed with mesothelioma. Evidence shows many of these companies knew the health risks of asbestos exposure but continued to manufacture asbestos-containing products to make a profit.
Hold these companies accountable for their negligence and greed — contact Sokolove Law to file a mesothelioma claim today.
Pursue Mesothelioma Compensation
With the help of an established mesothelioma law firm like Sokolove Law, you and your family may be able to receive financial compensation from the companies responsible for exposing you to asbestos.
This compensation may help pay for:
- Costs associated with hiring home help or caretakers
- Counseling or emotional therapy
- Everyday living expenses
- Financial security
- Funeral and burial costs
- Past and future medical costs
- Physical therapy
- Prescriptions and medicine
- Wages lost due to inability to work
When you work with Sokolove Law, you’ll be represented by experienced mesothelioma lawyers who use their legal experience to fight for justice on your behalf.
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Who Can File a Mesothelioma Claim?
If you’ve been diagnosed with mesothelioma or another asbestos-related disease, you may be eligible to file a claim. Mesothelioma claims are complex and are best done with the assistance of an experienced mesothelioma lawyer. Sokolove Law has been helping victims of asbestos exposure file claims for decades.
- Family members:
Family members may also file mesothelioma claims on behalf of a loved one if the patient is too sick to file. In order for a family member to file a mesothelioma asbestos claim on their loved one’s behalf, they must have the legal authority to do so by being appointed by the court.
Estates are the bundle of assets left behind when someone dies. One such asset is the legal claim. The estate representative can file a mesothelioma claim after the death of the patient to protect these assets. They can also continue legal action started by the patient. Ultimately, the job of the estate representative is to maximize the value of the estate for the heirs.
How to File a Mesothelioma Claim
While there is no universal approach to the mesothelioma claims process — each person’s case is unique — filing a successful mesothelioma lawsuit has several essential steps.
There is no substitute for hiring a national mesothelioma law firm like Sokolove Law, staffed by people who have dedicated their lives to fighting for families debilitated by asbestos. We are equipped on day one, ready to represent you in any state necessary to maximize your compensation.
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We will meet with you and find out the basic elements of your exposure history. Many people are exposed to asbestos 20-50 years before they are diagnosed, so the task of collecting evidence to support mesothelioma claims can be difficult to do alone.
Sokolove Law specializes in locating the specific medical records and employment documents to back your testimony. We have our own warehouse of asbestos exposure evidence and a database of asbestos-containing products and known sites of exposure. It’s even possible that we’ve represented someone from the same or similar jobsite as your claim.
After collecting all of the necessary documentation, Sokolove Law will send a demand letter to the defendant(s), asking them to pay voluntarily. If they say no, we will file the lawsuit in the court that best fits your specific claim.
Because statutes of limitations vary across the country, the best state for you to file in may not be the one in which you live. But don’t worry — we’ll figure all of that out for you.
If a company you file against denies the claim in their answer, both sides will enter the discovery phase where they will gather evidence to support their mesothelioma cases.
The defendant may try to deny responsibility, seek to undermine your credibility, or tie your mesothelioma to causes for which they are not liable. Sokolove Law has seen all of these tactics before. When your legal team supports every assertion made in your complaint with facts, the defendant often has no option but to offer a settlement.
If, for whatever reason, the defendant wants to try the case, Sokolove Law is prepared to fight for you.
Most mesothelioma cancer claims are settled after the completion of the discovery phase when the trial date is approaching. It is the fear of a trial that generally causes the parties to settle. Decades of asbestos litigation give both sides a sense of the eventual outcome, and usually, an agreement can be reached before the case goes to trial.
In the event that a company refuses to settle or offers a lower mesothelioma settlement amount than you and your lawyer agree on, you may consider going to trial, but this is very rare.
Sokolove Law always works in your best interest to maximize your compensation, minimize your stress, and get justice on your behalf.
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Mesothelioma Claim Amounts
If you’ve been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you or your family may be able to pursue personal injury or wrongful death lawsuits. These suits are typically settled out of court for around $1-1.4 Million, though the amount of compensation varies from case to case.
Average Mesothelioma Lawsuit Settlement
Asbestos companies have set aside an estimated $30 Billion in court-ordered asbestos bankruptcy trusts for those diagnosed with mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases. Mesothelioma victims may be eligible to receive compensation from these funds through a legal claims process.
How Much Are Mesothelioma Claims Worth?
There’s no quick and easy way to determine how much an asbestos claim might be worth. Mesothelioma claim amounts vary from case to case, according to a number of different variables in each case.
Here are just a few of the factors that influence how much your claim may be worth:
- The severity of your asbestos exposure and your asbestos-related illness
- Lost wages and loss of earning capacity
- Proof of company negligence and asbestos exposure
- Medical bills, like medications and treatments
- How many companies are at fault
- If any of those companies have set up asbestos trusts
- The state in which your claim is filed
- Pain and suffering
- Funeral expenses
Our Past Mesothelioma Cancer Claim Results
Our asbestos attorneys have filed thousands of successful mesothelioma compensation claims and recovered over $4.8 Billion for mesothelioma victims throughout the United States.
Here are some of the mesothelioma claim results we were able to secure for past clients:
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- $7 Million settlement secured for a welder
- $6.5 Million settlement for a manual laborer
- $5.5 Million awarded to a U.S. Navy veteran and mechanic
- $3.6 Million in settlements for a union electrician
- $3.5 Million awarded to a roofer in Iowa
- $3.5 Million awarded to a U.S. Navy pipefitter and union insulator
- $3.4 Million awarded to a U.S. Army veteran and laborer
- $3 Million secured for the family of an oil worker in Oklahoma
- $2.9 Million secured for an auto mechanic in Minnesota
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3 Main Types of Mesothelioma Claims
Many people have been affected by mesothelioma, and though cases vary widely, most mesothelioma claims fall under three broad categories. An experienced attorney can help determine your eligibility for each of the following claim types.
Personal Injury Claims
Through a personal injury claim for mesothelioma, a victim of asbestos exposure can sue the manufacturer of asbestos-containing products that caused their debilitating cancer. This type of asbestos claim allows victims to seek financial compensation and hold these negligent companies accountable.
Typically, personal injury claimants seek compensation for:
- Pain and Suffering:
In some cases, a routine check-up can lead to a fatal mesothelioma diagnosis. Nothing prepares someone for the overwhelming physical and emotional toll mesothelioma takes on a person’s body and a family’s welfare.
- Medical Expenses:
Surgery, chemotherapy, and other cancer treatments are very expensive. The asbestos-containing product manufacturer at fault should pay for treating the cancer they caused.
- Travel Expenses:
Mesothelioma patients can sometimes be forced to travel for medical care or clinical trials. Whether they are meeting with a specialist for treatment or something else, the costs add up rapidly.
- Loss of Consortium:
A spouse suffering from mesothelioma is not going to be able to provide or experience many marital benefits. Though hard to quantify, loss of consortium claims are generally much higher in personal injury lawsuits than in wrongful death lawsuits.
- Lost Wages:
Those suffering from mesothelioma will be forced to miss a lot of work, and eventually they will not be able to work at all. One of the main reasons people file mesothelioma claims is to recoup the income they lost during sickness and treatment, as well as income they would have earned in the future.
- Punitive Damages:
The purpose of punitive damages is to punish the wrongdoer and send a message to others who would continue to violate the law. These damages may be added to the award a victim receives after a successful mesothelioma lawsuit verdict.
To learn more about filing a mesothelioma personal injury lawsuit, contact Sokolove Law today.
Wrongful Death Claims
Wrongful death claims for mesothelioma are brought against companies whose negligence resulted in someone’s needless exposure to asbestos and caused their death.
When someone dies from mesothelioma, their spouse, partner, child, parent, or whoever has been appointed as the estate representative has the power to work with an attorney to file a wrongful death lawsuit or mesothelioma claim after death against the company on behalf of their loved one’s estate.
Most often, mesothelioma claims after death seek compensation for:
- Medical Bills:
The costs related to mesothelioma are significant and threaten to drive any family into debt, regardless of how well they are prepared.
- Lost Income Potential:
Families of mesothelioma victims face the dilemma of unforeseen and unavoidable health expenses at the same time the patient can no longer work.
- Loss of Consortium:
In most jurisdictions, spouses may seek compensation for the loss of marital benefits as a result of their partner’s mesothelioma. The deceased is not the only person affected by asbestos-related corporate negligence, and those suffering the fallout have legal rights.
- Funeral Expenses:
Burial, cremation, embalming, headstones, and other services associated with traditional funerals come with a huge total price tag. Funeral costs quickly exceed $10,000 for many families.
Attorneys at Sokolove Law can help you with any asbestos claims after the death of your loved one. Get a free consultation today.
Asbestos Trust Fund Claims
Many victims of mesothelioma and asbestos-related illnesses file claims through an additional option, known as asbestos trust funds.
Estimated funds available in asbestos trusts
Now totaling an estimated $30 Billion, these special trust funds were created when the courts forced asbestos-containing product manufacturers on the verge of going bankrupt to set aside money to compensate current and future victims of asbestos exposure.
As more and more asbestos lawsuits were filed, many manufacturers declared bankruptcy in an attempt to not pay and shirk responsibility. As part of their bankruptcy court order, these companies were required to establish asbestos trust funds as a remedy.
In a way, these funds now exist as an acknowledgment of wrongdoing on behalf of companies that exposed thousands of people to asbestos.
Some companies that have been forced to establish trusts include:
- Armstrong World Industries
- ASARCO LLC
- Combustion Engineering
- Harbison Walker Refractories Company
- Johns Manville
- Owens Corning
- U.S. Gypsum Company
Asbestos trust funds offer financial support to victims with an asbestos-related disease of any kind (like lung cancer or asbestosis), as long as the attorney filing the mesothelioma fund claims can provide sufficient proof of exposure linked to one — or several — of these bankrupt companies.
At Sokolove Law, the mesothelioma attorneys who represent you will assist in identifying all exposures to ensure you maximize your benefits from any available trusts.
VA Mesothelioma Claims for Veterans
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) may accept mesothelioma claims if the asbestos exposure was service-related. Military veterans or immediate family members can also file a separate lawsuit directly against the manufacturers of asbestos-containing products.
Asbestos companies actively worked to downplay the dangers of their products. They misled the military by hiding their knowledge of the severe health risks associated with asbestos.
Veterans frequently pursue VA benefits and mesothelioma claims to cover the expenses of their mesothelioma treatments and to receive the compensation they have earned. Filing a VA claim does not affect a victim’s ability to file a mesothelioma lawsuit.
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Statute of Limitations on Mesothelioma Claims
People considering mesothelioma claims need to be aware of statutes of limitations, which prevent people from filing if too much time has gone by.
States have different statutes of limitations for mesothelioma claims. Some give you as little as one year to file, so it’s crucial to act quickly.
Calculating the statute of limitations for your case is complex. Ultimately, the best — and only — way for families to know how long they have to file a mesothelioma claim is by working with an experienced law firm like Sokolove Law.
Even if you think the time limit has already passed, contact us. Don’t just give up, because, in many instances, there’s still time.
Work With Sokolove Law, a Trusted, National Mesothelioma Law Firm
Asbestos litigation pits individuals harmed long ago by asbestos exposure against companies with virtually unlimited legal resources.
There is only one way to even the fight: Contact Sokolove Law, a national mesothelioma law firm that brings decades of experience representing the interest of families harmed by mesothelioma.
Sokolove Law has the resources and experience to help determine your legal options and guide you through the legal process. In more than 40 years of advocacy, we have recovered billions of dollars for our clients. This mesothelioma compensation has helped them to receive care and allowed their families to carry on.
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Mesothelioma Claim FAQs
What is a mesothelioma claim?
A mesothelioma claim is a type of legal action that allows mesothelioma victims or their loved ones to hold the companies responsible for their asbestos exposure accountable and pursue financial compensation for their illness.
Personal injury claims, wrongful death claims, asbestos trust fund claims, and VA mesothelioma claims are all types of mesothelioma claims our experienced mesothelioma lawyers can help with.
Who can file a mesothelioma asbestos claim?
Mesothelioma asbestos claims can be filed by:
- Patients who have been diagnosed with asbestos-related diseases like mesothelioma
- Family members on the patient’s behalf if they’re too sick to file a claim
- Representatives of the patient’s estate if the patient has passed away
Do I need a lawyer to file a mesothelioma claim?
Asbestos litigation is very complex, and it can be extremely difficult to figure out how to file a mesothelioma claim on your own. An experienced mesothelioma attorney can help you determine all of the different ways you may be able to pursue compensation for your illness. See if you may be able to file a mesothelioma claim today in a free case review.
Can I claim compensation for asbestos exposure?
When you work with an experienced mesothelioma law firm like Sokolove Law, your legal team can handle every step of the mesothelioma claims process on your behalf, which includes determining:
- Your eligibility to file mesothelioma cancer claims
- Who’s responsible for your asbestos exposure and illness
- The best way or ways to pursue compensation in your case
How much is an asbestos claim worth?
It can be difficult to pinpoint the value of a mesothelioma claim without knowing the specific details of that case. With that being said, the average settlement for a mesothelioma claim is $1-1.4 Million. However, a variety of factors in each case can influence how much a mesothelioma asbestos claim may be worth, including the severity of your asbestos exposure and illness, lost wages, medical expenses, and more.
How long do mesothelioma claims take?
How long asbestos claims take varies according to several different factors, including the type of asbestos claim you file and whether or not your case goes to court.
Arguing a case in court before a jury, getting a verdict and then fighting through the appeals process can potentially take years, while some of our clients start receiving money from settlement offers in as few as 90 days.
What if your loved one can’t participate in the mesothelioma claims process?
If your loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma but is too sick to participate in the mesothelioma claims process, you may be able to file a mesothelioma claim on their behalf as long as you have the legal authority to do so. We can help determine if you’re able to take legal action on your loved one’s behalf during a free case review.
What is the statute of limitations on mesothelioma claims?
The statute of limitations on mesothelioma claims varies from state to state, so it’s best to get in touch with experienced mesothelioma lawyers as soon as possible to make sure you don’t miss the deadline.
Once the statute of limitation passes for your claim, you won’t have the opportunity to hold the companies that exposed you to asbestos accountable — ever.
If you or your loved one have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, get a free legal consultation today to see if you’re eligible to file a claim.
Who pays the compensation in a mesothelioma asbestos claim?
In an asbestos case, any compensation you may receive comes from the company that manufactured the asbestos-containing products you were exposed to.
If your asbestos exposure occurred during your military service, we will not press charges against any branch of the military.
If you don’t know how you were exposed to asbestos, don’t worry — this is something an experienced legal team can handle for you. Get a free legal consultation today to see what your compensation options may be.
What type of mesothelioma claim do I have?
The easiest way to find out what kind of mesothelioma asbestos claim you have is to get a free case review. Contacting us is free, and one of our case managers can review the details of your case to determine if you’re eligible to file a mesothelioma claim and pursue financial compensation.
Can you claim for mesothelioma after death?
If your loved one was diagnosed with mesothelioma or another asbestos-related disease before passing away, you may be able to continue a mesothelioma claim they started or file a mesothelioma claim after their death if you’re the representative of their estate. Get a free case review today to learn more about your legal options.