Compensation mesothelioma

Filing a Mesothelioma Claim

If you or a loved one is considering seeking compensation for asbestos-related injuries, choosing the right attorney is an important first step.
Your case will have a better chance of proceeding more efficiently — and with the best chance for compensation — if you work with an experienced asbestos and mesothelioma attorney. When you decide to file a claim, your attorney will prepare and submit the required legal documents to begin the lawsuit process.
Experienced mesothelioma lawyers are familiar with asbestos manufacturers and can help you determine which ones are responsible for your illness. A qualified attorney is also knowledgeable about mesothelioma trust funds set aside for asbestos victims and can help you file a claim.

Options for Filing a Claim

There are multiple ways to file a mesothelioma claim, including traditional lawsuits, asbestos trust fund claims and Social Security disability claims. Military veterans exposed to asbestos during service may be eligible to file disability and health care claims with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).


Asbestos-related medical problems are very frequently the result of a corporation’s negligence or a company’s failure to warn of asbestos hazards. Filing a lawsuit against the company or companies responsible for your asbestos exposure may result in compensation for many types of damages.
There are two types of mesothelioma lawsuits: Personal injury claims and wrongful death claims.
Your attorney will be aware of the legal options available and can guide you through the process of filing a claim. After speaking with your attorney, you may determine that a lawsuit offers the best opportunity to obtain a large award for your injuries. Most mesothelioma lawsuits are settled out of court before a trial takes place.

Personal Injury Claims

A personal injury claim is a lawsuit an individual can file after they are diagnosed with mesothelioma.

Damages covered by an asbestos claim:

·         Medical expenses
·         Lost income
·         Pain or suffering
·         Loss of intimacy
A lawyer can determine whether additional expenses may be covered under your claim. It is important to save all medical and financial records relating to your illness for this reason.

Wrongful Death Claims

A wrongful death claim is a lawsuit family members can file when their loved one dies of mesothelioma.
If the original claimant on a personal injury claim dies as a result of the disease, family members may be able to step in as plaintiffs. If a claim was never submitted, they may have the option to file a wrongful death claim on behalf of their deceased loved one.

Deadlines for Mesothelioma Claims

Unlike most common personal injury claims where the clock starts ticking at the specific moment of injury, it’s difficult to determine exactly when and where the asbestos injury occurred because an accurate diagnosis typically comes 20 to 50 years after the initial exposure.
Because of this long latency period, courts in some states have made exceptions applying statutes of limitations.
Statutes of limitations refer to the amount of time a person has to file a claim. For victims of asbestos exposure, this time frame typically begins once a person is diagnosed with an asbestos-related cancer.
A qualified mesothelioma attorney can ensure your claim is filed before the statute of limitations expires.
You may also be able to file a lawsuit in multiple states, depending on the location of the companies identified as defendants and where the asbestos exposure occurred. An attorney who specializes in these cases can explain your rights, which vary by state and jurisdiction, in these types of lawsuits.