Why Do I Need a Lawyer?
As a mesothelioma patient, you are the victim of an illness that you most likely incurred due to exposure to asbestos or asbestos products in the workplace or during military service. You are entitled to compensation for your many expenses such as medical bills, lost wages, travel costs, and future well-being. A qualified lawyer can help you assess your legal options and make an informed decision about how to seek and obtain compensation.
One method of obtaining compensation is to file a lawsuit. Mesothelioma victims can file personal injury lawsuits against the responsible companies, or loved ones of victims can file wrongful death lawsuits. Most often, victims and companies reach settlement agreements about the amount of compensation to be paid. In the event that an agreement cannot be reached and the case goes to trial, a jury decides the verdict.
Some asbestos companies have gone through bankruptcy and no longer exist, but they have set up trust funds to provide compensation for victims. Veterans who were exposed to asbestos in the military can seek compensation from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. You may be entitled to benefits through your employer's health insurance.
In filing any of these claims, it is imperative to obtain the assistance of a legal team with expertise and experience in mesothelioma compensation. Lawyers can help you determine and prove where and how you were exposed and ensure that you have the proper medical documentation to back up your claim.
Keep in mind that after mesothelioma is diagnosed for personal injury claims, or after the victim dies for wrongful death claims, there are statutes of limitation that limit the amount of time you have to file for compensation. These limits are different for each state, and they vary from one to six years. The need to accumulate your paperwork and make your claim before the limit is reached is another reason to hire an experienced mesothelioma lawyer.