If you—or someone close to you, like a family member or a person you depend on financially—has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you could be entitled to a settlement. Settlements range from a moderate compensation to over a million dollars, depending on the nature of your claim, the laws of the state you live in, and how well your lawyer will build your case.
It is important to understand, that although mesothelioma has been proven to be a result of asbestos exposure, and asbestos companies have been implicated in carelessness when it came to warning people about this danger, it is not automatic that you will be entitled to receive any money: you will have to jump through some legal hoops. Usually, a claim is files in court on behalf of the person who is seeking settlement in a form or a lawsuit. Then, compensation is usually awarded by a judge, or a settlement is reached in a form or out of court agreement without going to trial. In either case, you will need the help of a qualified lawyer.
Nevertheless, you might be able to find an attorney who will fight for your settlement on a contingency basis. This means that you will not have to pay him/her out of pocket, the lawyer will only get paid a part of the settlement in he/she wins the case. Many people who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma have files successful claims and received settlements, which help offset medical expenses and provide for the family of the injured person.
Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that develops in the protective lining around the inner cavities and organs (mesothelium). Most often it is the protective lining around the lungs.
Asbestos exposure usually does not occur as a matter of choice. Really, if you were exposed to asbestos in your home, where this chemical was present in the ceiling paint or in the walls, you did not live there knowing that asbestos could give you mesothelioma ten years later. Asbestos companies, on the other hand, did—as has been proven in the course of investigation of some mesothelioma cases. Although the risk of asbestos may not have been as clearly established in the past when most of exposures occurred, many people who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma are still entitled to a settlement.
It would be very unwise to go to battle alone in this matter. Courts are run by certain rules, and although judges may humanly understand the devastating situation cancer brings into a family their hands are often tied. There are many qualified lawyers who try mesothelioma cases all the time, and are skilled in filing claims that win generous amounts. You can either inquire locally, or seek the help of a firm that specializes in mesothelioma nationwide. Neither of these options is better than the other: it all is a matter of personal preference. Most lawyers who try these cases are very companionate and understanding, and are committed to fight for the rights of the injured.
If you feel that you might be entitled to a settlement, do not hesitate to contact a lawyer.