Mesothelioma patients are victims of asbestos exposure. Compensation is available to most patients for treatment and/or securing their family’s future.
Get the Compensation You Deserve
There are several types of compensation available for mesothelioma patients. The primary form of compensation comes from the asbestos companies responsible for the patient’s exposure. Secondary avenues for compensation are asbestos trust funds and veteran-specific benefits.
Types of Compensation
Many patients struggle with filing a legal claim because they aren’t the type to “sue,” but the fact is, mesothelioma patients are victims of corporate negligence. Good law firms will do all the heavy lifting for mesothelioma patients by traveling to them and discovering all the sources of their exposure.
Asbestos Trust Funds
The now-bankrupt companies that used asbestos in the past have set up trust funds to compensate patients with asbestos-related diseases. There is over $30 billion in asbestos trust funds available to mesothelioma patients and their families.
Veterans are the largest group of mesothelioma patients. There are several types of compensation available for veterans whose asbestos exposure was service-related, ranging from disability benefits to pensions.
Busting Myths About Legal Options
Filing a claim can seem like a stressful, lengthy process. The added stress of battling a legal claim would seem counterproductive while receiving treatment. This is why attorneys handle the majority of claims themselves, letting the patients focus on their healthcare.
Some people are hesitant to begin the legal process due to common misconceptions, such as:
- Hiring a mesothelioma attorney is expensive.
- A legal claim takes up a lot of personal time and resources.
- You can’t sue if you’re not sure who is responsible for your exposure.
- If you file out of state, you will have to travel.
- Claims are filed against the government or military if your condition is related to military service.
What to Expect from an Experienced Law Firm
Attorneys Determine Asbestos Exposure
The filing process and methods of discovery tend to cater to the victims in these cases. Many patients aren’t sure which exact asbestos exposure is responsible for their condition, so attorneys have developed methods to determine which products patients were exposed to and which companies are responsible.
No Upfront Legal Fees
While pursuing treatment, the last thing anyone needs is to be burdened with more expenses. Fortunately, mesothelioma attorneys work on a contingency basis. This means that patients don’t have to pay anything unless their case is won or settled.
Lawyers Travel to You
Travel is another expense that adds to the stress of those with mesothelioma. In regards to a patient’s legal claim, travel is of no concern for patients. Attorneys from top law firms travel to a patient’s home to collect all necessary information. Patients should always choose an experienced national law firm that is willing to travel to them.
Legal Claims Aren’t Filed Against the Military
Some patients may have reservations about filing a legal claim because they’re veterans. Many veterans feel hesitant because of the myth that they’d be filing a claim against their own military. Claims are not filed against the government or armed forces. They are filed against the negligent companies who supplied the military with asbestos products.
Asbestos Trust Funds
Many manufacturing companies that used asbestos in their products had to declare bankruptcy after a flood of mesothelioma claims wiped them out.
Realizing that there were thousands of individuals who could still develop mesothelioma, Congress amended the bankruptcy code in 1994. This allowed liable companies to set up trust funds for people they exposed to asbestos. Trust funds ensure that those harmed can receive compensation even if the company that harmed them has bankrupted.
Filing a trust fund claim requires providing detailed evidence regarding the victim’s diagnosis and exposure to asbestos products. An experienced attorney can help patients access their fair share of these funds.
Compensation for Veterans
Being one of the groups most heavily exposed to asbestos, veterans have the benefit of being able to file claims with the VA as well as with the regular court system; they also have access to asbestos trust funds. This allows veterans to focus on getting the treatment they need rather than worrying about financial issues.
1Disability Compensation – Veterans with mesothelioma qualify for a 100 percent disability rating. Disability compensation starts at $2,900 per month.
2Dependency and Indemnity – The VA also recognizes that family members are affected by a mesothelioma diagnosis too, paying out $1,280 per month.
3Pensions – Veterans with very limited income and who are over the age of 65 may be eligible for a VA pension in addition to other benefits.
Get Help Filing a Claim
Unfortunately, veterans may have some misconceptions about VA claims. Sure, filing a claim can be a lengthy, complicated process. However, veterans don’t have to file their claims alone. Getting help ensures you get all the benefits you’re entitled to. Other benefits include:
- Free help filing a claim
- Ensuring you get the maximum compensation
- Reducing the stress of filing alone
Mesothelioma Guide’s VA-accredited claims agent is available to help for free. A retired LCDR of the U.S. Navy, Carl Jewett has helped hundreds of veterans get full compensation.