Asbestos Exposure and The Risk of Developing Mesothelioma
The primary risk factor of mesothelioma is asbestos exposure. Despite the known risks associated with mesothelioma, asbestos, a pliable material, is still used today to manufacture insulation, brakes, shingles, flooring, and other products. When asbestos is broken down, it creates dust, and when its dust particles are inhaled or swallowed, the fibers can settle in the lungs and stomach, which could turn into mesothelioma. Mesothelioma can take between 20 to 60 years to develop after asbestos exposure.
If you’ve been exposed to asbestos and diagnosed with mesothelioma, you may be eligible to file a claim. Here are some common questions you should know the answers to.
Am I Eligible to File an Asbestos Claim?
Asbestos claims, also known as mesothelioma claims, allow victims of asbestos-related illnesses to seek compensation. Anyone who has been diagnosed with mesothelioma can file a personal injury claim or trust fund claim.
Family members of someone who died as a result of mesothelioma can file a wrongful death claim.
How Do I Prove Asbestos Exposure?
To file a mesothelioma claim, evidence of exposure must be submitted. Here are some medical and other documents you may need to submit to support your claim:
- Pathology reports showing your mesothelioma diagnosis.
- Imaging scans showing the presence of cancer.
- Blood tests supporting your cancer diagnosis.
- Physicians’ statements linking your exposure to diagnosis.
- Employment records (this may show you worked with asbestos).
- Pay stubs proving your employment.
- Former coworker contact information for eye-witness accounts of working with asbestos.
What is the Statute of Limitations for Mesothelioma Claims?
Robins Cloud offers nationwide representation for those who are seeking compensation through a mesothelioma claim. So no matter where you live, we are here to provide you with legal assistance. With that said, the statute of limitations in a mesothelioma claim depends on the state in which you reside. However, no matter what state you live in, the statute of limitations begins on the date of diagnosis to file a personal injury claim, and for wrongful death suits, the statute of limitations begins on the deceased date of death.
To learn more about how long you have to file a claim in your state, contact our mesothelioma claims lawyers today.
Can I File a Mesothelioma Claim on My Own?
While the short answer is yes, filing a claim without the assistance of an asbestos claim lawyer can be detrimental to your case. The process is complicated and time-consuming, and for those who don’t understand personal injury laws and the obstacles that one may encounter in asbestos trust funds, it can be a challenging task to tackle. Having an attorney protect your rights and best interests can make all the difference in the outcome of your claim. Making mistakes when submitting your asbestos claim can cost you the compensation you deserve.
How Much is My Mesothelioma Claim Worth?
Each case is different. Your compensation will depend on the circumstances of your case. However, your payout may include awards for the following associated with your mesothelioma diagnosis:
- Doctor/hospital visits
- Future costs for treatments/therapies
- Medical device costs
- Home aides
- Lost wages/future lost wages
- Transportation costs associated with your illness
- Pain and suffering
Need Help Filing a Mesothelioma Claim? We Are Here For You.
Learning you have a mesothelioma diagnosis is overwhelming news. In addition to treatment and medical costs, you are likely up against other challenges that can put strains on you and your family. When unsure about how to file a mesothelioma compensation claim, we are here to help you.
A mesothelioma lawsuit can help you obtain financial stability during a difficult time.