Legal Considerations

Companies have known of the dangers of asbestos inhalation for well over a century and failed to warn employees or take precautions that may have saved many lives. This negligence has resulted in what will turn out to be the largest mass tort (lawsuit brought against many companies by many plaintiffs) in history thus far. It is important to know your rights before you seek damages and more important to know who to seek those damages from. Mesothelioma Cancer Lawsuit is here to address all of your concerns and we welcome you to ask our team questions about your own unique case.

How Many People Have Brought Claims?

There have been over 730,000 asbestos lawsuits so far, but this number may be much lower than that of the people who have suffered from asbestos exposure and never filed a claim. It is fortunate that mesothelioma is such a rare disease or many more people may have been affected. However, the cost of asbestos exposure continues to take its toll on the lives of workers and their families as people continue to develop mesothelioma and asbestosis. The final number of claims to be filed before the end of the asbestos mass tort is estimated to be over 3 million before everyone who has been affected or will be affected comes forward.

Who is entitled to a Claim?

Those who are directly affected by asbestos exposure are entitled to claim damages in the amount of medical bills as well as for pain and suffering, and may be awarded punitive damages in addition. If mesothelioma claims a person’s life, his or her family is entitled to claim damages in the amount of medical costs, the cost of burial and punitive damages in certain jurisdictions. The spouse, children, or parents of the deceased may be entitled to claim damages and you should speak with legal counsel to determine who should bring the lawsuit.

Bankruptcy Trusts

Many of the companies involved in the mass tort have gone into bankruptcy. They have been required to set up trusts that are used to payout damages as plaintiffs present their cases. The party responsible for you or your family member’s mesothelioma may or may not have set up a trust for this purpose. Mesothelioma Cancer Lawsuit will be able to find this information for you and advise you on a course of action that will provide you the maximum amount in damages possible under law.

limited claim time for personal injuryStatute of Limitations

A statute of limitations is a time limit on how long someone has to bring a lawsuit after the person has been harmed by another person or company. The time that you have to bring your case may vary depending on your location and it is important to file your claim in time so that you do not lose your opportunity to do so. For this reason, it is important to consult legal counsel quickly and get the ball rolling so that you can file your lawsuit or obtain a settlement within your statute of limitations.

Mesothelioma Cancer Lawsuit is a dedicated and knowledgeable team of lawyers that can maximize your claim and make sure that you are not taken advantage of in your time of grief. Our consultations are risk free and we will never charge you unless we collect money for you, so contact us today to learn more about your rights and how to proceed with your case.

Sources:
http://legal-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/Statute+of+Limitations
http://www.asbestos.com/mesothelioma-lawyer/bankruptcies.php
http://legal-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/Wrongful+Death