If you have Mesothelioma, you might have a claim. You might have a claim even if you did not work in the asbestos industry so long as your parents did work with asbestos.
For years, corporations willingly exposed cancer causing asbestos to working men and women. They did this despite knowing fully the dangers associated with the toxic product. Once the dangers and health hazards associated with asbestos products became known to the general public, the asbestos industry promptly declared bankruptcy. As many of these corporations proceeded through the Chapter 11 bankruptcy process, state and federal laws have enabled the creation of Asbestos Trust Funds. These trust funds ensure that those harmed by asbestos will be able to receive the compensation they deserve long after the dissolution of the company that produced the toxic substance. Children of people who worked with asbestos might also have been exposed to this dangerous substance; such as hugging a parent when he/she came home from work with clothes contaminated by asbestos.
Mesothelioma – a rare type of cancer caused by asbestos – is not like a car accident or a slip-and-fall where the damage and harm is immediately apparent to the victim. Rather, the typical Mesothelioma latency period, where the disease remains undetected, is approximately twenty to fifty years. The mesothelioma trusts funds have been set up to address this issue; an estimated $30 billion has been allocated for victims of mesothelioma caused by exposure to asbestos. For decades now, the trust funds designated to compensate victims of mesothelioma have proved reliable and consistent in distributing the settlement to which claimants are legally and ethically entitled.
Individuals who develop mesothelioma from exposure to asbestos are victims of severe corporate misconduct and deserve compensation. Victims generally have two options to in pursuing compensation for their injury. One can either pursue a claim directed through one of the designated trust funds, or a traditional claim through the court system. Although it is impossible to predict with certainty how much compensation a claim will receive, in the past, victims have received compensation not only for their medical expenses, but also for lost wages and the physical and mental distress they have endured. Many of these settlements exceed seven figures.
Whether you decide to file a claim with one of the designated trust funds or take the case to the courtroom, the experienced attorneys at Swartz & Lynch can assist you every step along the way. Please contact the attorneys of Swartz & Lynch if you or a loved one has any questions about a Mesothelioma claim.