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Mesothelioma Legal Information
By Thomas Morva
Mesothelioma is mainly caused by exposure to asbestos during the production or use of asbestos products. It is widely believed that, for sixty years, the companies that dealt with asbestos related products knew about its hazards to health. The dangers of asbestos exposure were kept a secret by the companies for obvious reasons. This holding back of information on the connection between asbestos and mesothelioma has made those companies legally responsible for damages caused by their asbestos products.
Workers who subsequently contract this often fatal disease have the right to file lawsuits for damages. Mesothelioma claims settlements are huge, ranging from $200,000 to millions of dollars. Of course, that depends on the details of the case. Funds are usually set aside to repay the workers and their families.
In the United States, for instance, the median mesothelioma-related settlement is a million dollars. It is reported that cases that went into trial produced an average settlement of $6 million. Yet, it is important to remember that only a small portion of the thousands of asbestos-related lawsuits in the country are linked to mesothelioma.
Finding a decent lawyer to take care of these claims is vital. Since the settlements involve huge sums of money, attorneys are on the lookout for mesothelioma patients. Thus, claimants must take a cautious approach in finding an experienced lawyer to handle their claims.
Some law firms get hold of a mesothelioma victim, and transfer the information to lawyers experienced in handing such cases. Upon doing this, they get a decent referral fee from any successful claim. It is imperative for any lawyer selected to handle a mesothelioma case to have prior experience with litigation involving medical issues.
It is prudent to ask certain questions of attorneys who have been picked to handle the claim. The queries may include his experience in handling mesothelioma claims, the number of claims he has settled and the number that have gone into trial.
Mesothelioma claims can be a drawn-out affair, and law firms should have the necessary wherewithal to take care of them.
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Asbestos FAQ Guide
By Jeff Lakie
If you or a member of your family has been diagnosed with an asbestos related disease, you will want to contact an attorney for legal advice. The following asbestos legal FAQ can help answer some of your questions related to asbestos lawsuits.
1. If I am exposed to asbestos should I contact an attorney to file a lawsuit? No, not everyone who is exposed to asbestos will develop an asbestos related disease. If you know or think you have been exposed to asbestos you should notify your physician, who will closely monitor your health. It is not advisable to file a lawsuit until you have actually been diagnosed with a disease or have symptoms related to asbestos exposure.
2. I have been diagnosed with mesothelioma. How soon should I contact an attorney? Once you have been diagnosed with any asbestos related disease, you should contact an attorney immediately. Most states have a statute of limitations that restricts the time frame you have to file a lawsuit. The statute of limitations begins once you become ill or are diagnosed with a disease. Diseases caused by asbestos have a long latency period that is not considered when calculating the statute of limitations.
3. If I am ill and unable to work, how much in attorney fees will I be expected to pay? Almost all lawyers who accept these type of cases work on a contingency fee. Their pay is an agreed upon percentage of the amount you receive. If you do not receive any type of compensation, you will not be required to pay a fee to your attorney.
4. My husband/wife died from mesothelioma. Am I entitled to some type of settlement? If a close family member has died from mesothelioma, you should contact an attorney as soon as possible. You may be eligible to file a wrongful death suit but only if you are within the time limits that apply to your state. There are also laws regarding who can file on behalf of a family member.
5. I was exposed to asbestos over 25 years ago. The manufacturer has since filed for bankruptcy and is no longer in business. Can I still file a lawsuit? You cannot file a lawsuit directly against the company. However, you may be able to receive compensation from an asbestos bankruptcy trust. Asbestos bankruptcy trusts were organized to pay claims for companies that have since gone bankrupt.
For additional asbestos legal FAQ, contact a qualified attorney to assist you.
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