It is impossible to put a price on what you and your family are going through. However, an experienced mesothelioma attorney will thoroughly assess your case and help you get the compensation you and your family deserve.
Your attorney will likely demand payment for:
- Medical expenses, including future medical treatments your doctor may recommend
- Travel expenses related to your treatment
- Lost wages and diminished earning capacity for the future
- Costs of child care
- Pain and suffering (both physical and emotional)
- Wrongful death
- Loss of services to your spouse
In cases involving extreme misconduct on the part of the asbestos company, your attorney may also pursue punitive damages, which are meant to punish the at-fault party.
Why Seek Compensation?
The costs of mesothelioma treatment and caregiving expenses can quickly drain a family’s finances. Health insurance will not cover all the costs your family will face. And the truth is: Your family should not have to shoulder any of this financial burden.
For years, asbestos companies chose to put hardworking people’s lives at risk rather than do the right thing. These companies chose profits over people. Now, they deserve to pay.
Unnecessary Asbestos Exposure
For more than a century, the dangers of asbestos have been researched and known. In 1918, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that asbestos workers suffered an abnormally high risk of early death.
In 1930, respected researcher Dr. Merewether published a landmark study of hundreds of asbestos workers. He warned that one in four were suffering from asbestosis, and that many wouldn’t show signs of illness for years to come.
He also noted that asbestos workers should use protective equipment and that they should be warned of the risk. His findings were ignored by the asbestos companies, which continued to put millions of American workers at risk.
It wasn’t until the 1970s that the U.S. government had to step in and force companies to limit workplace asbestos exposure. Still today, though, asbestos is not totally banned in the United States, and the risk of exposure remains.
Finding a Mesothelioma Lawyer
When you and your family are facing the expenses related to mesothelioma treatment, you should know that you are not alone. Many families have learned that having an experienced mesothelioma lawyer on their side takes the burden off them, so they can focus on treatment and improving the patient’s quality of life.
When choosing a mesothelioma lawyer, you should look for one who is:
Focused on asbestos cases. Mesothelioma claims can be complicated, and you need an attorney with plenty of experience with these types of cases. Don’t be afraid to ask how many cases an attorney has successfully handled and how long the attorney has been practicing in this area.
Widely recognized for recovering mesothelioma compensation payouts. Every state is different in the way mesothelioma cases are handled, so you need a law firm with a national reputation for securing compensation. Always ask for a list of mesothelioma verdicts and settlements.
Sensitive to your needs. Pursuing financial compensation should not be a stressful process, and your attorney should make it as easy as possible on you and your family. For example, your attorney should come to you for consultations and interviews, rather than asking you to travel. Ask the attorney for client testimonials and recommendations, so you know how other clients were treated.
A good mesothelioma lawyer should meet with you for free to discuss your compensation claim. In fact, you should not have to pay anything until your case is settled. The attorney should work on a contingency fee basis, meaning legal fees would be collected only if you recover compensation.