Trust fund money has already been set aside for qualified victims, and our nationally recognized asbestos lawyers continue to win lawsuits against asbestos companies.
Did you know that 27.5 million people in the United States have been exposed to asbestos
For years, large corporations knew about the devastating health effects of asbestos
but did nothing to warn workers.
Now, those companies are being forced to pay asbestos victims and families who are coping with the astronomical costs of treatment
and other asbestos-related diseases.
Learn about your mesothelioma
compensation options today.
How Can Your Family Afford to Take Care of Your Loved One?
patients and their families may have to spend tens of thousands of dollars on treatment
for this debilitating cancer
. Many mesothelioma
patients face mounting bills from:
Patients and their families should know that they have several options for seeking compensation for mesothelioma.
- Hospital stays
- Extensive medical procedures and tests
- Travel costs
- Assisted-living facilities
- Hospice care
A skilled asbestos lawyer can help you and your family pursue the full and fair compensation you deserve after a mesothelioma
diagnosis. To discuss the types
of compensation that may be available to you, contact us for more information.
Hear from a Patient on Why You Should Seek Compensation
New York Mesothelioma Lawyers & Asbestos Attorneys
Asbestos Compensation: How It Works
When exploring your options for mesothelioma
compensation, your lawyer should start by discussing your work history and/or your military service history. A skilled mesothelioma
attorney will conduct a thorough investigation to identify exactly which asbestos companies can be held responsible for your diagnosis
It is important to understand that you will likely not be suing your former employer (or the military). Instead, mesothelioma
compensation payouts come from the companies that manufactured and sold products containing asbestos
. In addition, your attorney will identify several options for seeking compensation, such as:
Asbestos Bankruptcy Funds
In an effort to protect mesothelioma
patients, federal law requires asbestos
companies that file for bankruptcy to put aside money in special trust funds.
Filing a claim for compensation from an asbestos
trust fund is different from filing a lawsuit or estate planning
. However, your lawyer will still need to identify and provide proof of which asbestos
products you were exposed to at work or home.
Many of the companies that manufactured and sold asbestos
products are still in business and can be sued in court.
Sometimes, companies will decide to settle after a lawsuit has been filed, even at the very last minute before a verdict is read or a judgment is made.
Many people who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma
, asbestos lung cancer
, or asbestosis
were exposed to asbestos
during their time in the Armed Forces. Navy veterans, in particular, are at a higher risk for developing the disease due to the prevalence of asbestos
on ships and in shipyards.
If you have mesothelioma
and were exposed while in the military, you may be eligible for monthly benefits
. We will help you file a claim with the Veterans Administration.
Social Security Disability Benefits
If you are diagnosed with mesothelioma
before you reach retirement age, you can claim Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits
. Although the Social Security Administration recognizes that mesothelioma
is a debilitating disease, you will still need to provide detailed proof of your medical condition in order to obtain benefits
A knowledgeable mesothelioma attorney
can help you gather the necessary documentation for an SSDI claim, as well as represent you in an appeal if your initial claim has been denied.
Workers’ Compensation Benefits
If your mesothelioma
diagnosis has forced you to leave work, you may be entitled to pursue workers’ compensation benefits
for the work-related illness.
Every person’s circumstances are different, and you may end up pursuing compensation from a combination of sources. For example, your attorney
may file a mesothelioma
claim with an asbestos
trust fund and also file a lawsuit against other asbestos
companies. At the same time, your attorney
may help you file for VA benefits
or SSDI benefits
Types of Mesothelioma Compensation You Could Receive
It is impossible to put a price on what you and your family are going through. However, an experienced mesothelioma attorney
will thoroughly assess your case and help you get the compensation you and your family deserve.
will likely demand payment for:
- Medical expenses, including future medical treatments your doctor may recommend
- Travel expenses related to your treatment
- Lost wages and diminished earning capacity for the future
- Costs of child care
- Pain and suffering (both physical and emotional)
- Wrongful death
- Loss of services to your spouse
In cases involving extreme misconduct on the part of the asbestos
company, your attorney
may also pursue punitive damages, which are meant to punish the at-fault party.
Why Seek Compensation?
The costs of mesothelioma
treatment and caregiving expenses can quickly drain a family’s finances. Health insurance will not cover all the costs your family will face. And the truth is: Your family should not have to shoulder any of this financial burden.
For years, asbestos
companies chose to put hardworking people’s lives at risk rather than do the right thing. These companies chose profits over people. Now, they deserve to pay.
Unnecessary Asbestos Exposure
For more than a century, the dangers of asbestos
have been researched and known. In 1918, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that asbestos
workers suffered an abnormally high risk of early death.
In 1930, respected researcher Dr. Merewether published a landmark study of hundreds of asbestos
workers. He warned that one in four were suffering from asbestosis
, and that many wouldn’t show signs of illness for years to come.
He also noted that asbestos workers should use protective equipment and that they should be warned of the risk. His findings were ignored by the asbestos companies, which continued to put millions of American workers at risk.
It wasn’t until the 1970s that the U.S. government had to step in and force companies to limit workplace asbestos
exposure. Still today, though, asbestos is not totally banned in the United States, and the risk of exposure remains.
Is Asbestos Exposure Common in Your State?
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Finding a Mesothelioma Lawyer
When you and your family are facing the expenses related to mesothelioma
treatment, you should know that you are not alone. Many families have learned that having an experienced mesothelioma
lawyer on their side takes the burden off them, so they can focus on treatment
and improving the patient
’s quality of life
When choosing a mesothelioma
lawyer, you should look for one who is:
Focused on asbestos cases. Mesothelioma
claims can be complicated, and you need an attorney
with plenty of experience with these types
of cases. Don’t be afraid to ask how many cases an attorney
has successfully handled and how long the attorney
has been practicing in this area.
Widely recognized for recovering mesothelioma compensation payouts.
Every state is different in the way mesothelioma
cases are handled, so you need a law firm with a national reputation for securing compensation
. Always ask for a list of mesothelioma
verdicts and settlements.
Sensitive to your needs.
Pursuing financial compensation
should not be a stressful process, and your attorney
should make it as easy as possible on you and your family. For example, your attorney
should come to you for consultations and interviews, rather than asking you to travel. Ask the attorney
for client testimonials and recommendations, so you know how other clients were treated.
A good mesothelioma
lawyer should meet with you for free to discuss your compensation
claim. In fact, you should not have to pay anything until your case is settled. The attorney
should work on a contingency fee basis, meaning legal fees would be collected only if you recover compensation
Are You Eligible for Financial Compensation?
Do you or a family member need financial help after a diagnosis
please contact us now.
We can connect you with nationally recognized asbestos attorneys
who will explain all your compensation