Mesothelioma is a cancer caused by exposure to the toxic substance asbestos, that has affected thousands of Americans over the past decades, even after asbestos was banned in many applications in the 1990s. If you or a loved one has suffered from, or even died because of, mesothelioma following long-term asbestos exposure, you could be eligible for financial compensation. To find out if you’re eligible and how much you might be eligible for, you’ll need to file a lawsuit through an experienced mass tort lawyer.
In order to file a mesothelioma lawsuit, there are a number of steps to follow:
- Determine whether you’re eligible for damages. If you can provide documentation of the mesothelioma diagnosis, and are within the statute of limitations, which in many cases is two years of the diagnosis, you could be eligible.
- Determine the type of mesothelioma claim to file. Asbestos injury claims typically fall under one of three types:
- Personal injury lawsuits often result in monetary recompense for damages the victim suffered, including medical expenses, loss of income, and pain and suffering.
- Wrongful death claims are similar to personal injury claims, except the victim died before bringing a suit. In these cases, the estate or family of the deceased brings the case, and can be awarded compensation for funeral costs, cancer-related expenses, and other costs.
- Trust fund claims seek damages from trust funds set up by asbestos companies. Many companies have set up these trust funds because so many people have fallen ill or died from exposure to their products.
To determine whether you have a case, and which kind of lawsuit to file, talk to an experienced mesothelioma lawyer today.
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