When you are suffering from an asbestos cancer, a lawyer with experience handling asbestos-related personal injury cases can help you gain financial compensation and hold responsible the party or parties who caused your illness.
How much is legal compensation worth to me?
The funds collected from defendants in mesothelioma or other asbestos-related cancer cases can be used to pay for medical treatment or bereavement costs incurred by a victim’s family. Settlements for asbestos injuries can vary from several thousand to several million, with the average being in the one-two million-dollar range. Depending on the type and severity of your asbestos cancer, a lawyer with experience trying similar cases should be able to give you an estimate of what could be expected in yours.
Who will be paying for my injuries? What if the responsible party isn’t around any longer?
Asbestos manufacturers are typical defendants in an asbestos lawsuit. In many cases, the high cost of litigation has resulted in the company declaring bankruptcy and essentially shutting down. However, this does not prevent victims from receiving compensation. When an asbestos-liable business files for bankruptcy, it is forced to deposit all remaining assets into a trust. From that account, future legal costs and settlements can be paid for the duration of any forthcoming claims being filed.
Where can I find an asbestos cancer lawyer?
It isn’t usually difficult to locate an attorney that has experience in litigation related to asbestos. There have been so many cases filed in the past twenty or so years that many legal professionals have devoted their careers primarily, or even exclusively, to asbestos personal injury law. It’s important to choose an asbestos law firm that can show evidence of a successful history with cases like yours. Be sure and ask plenty of questions during your initial consultation. A top-quality firm will have as many as one-hundred years of combined experience—the more knowledge and experience held by an attorney or firm, the better your chances of walking away with a substantial settlement amount.
How much will a lawsuit cost me?
The really good thing about an asbestos cancer lawyer is that this particular type of legal pro works on what is called a contingency basis. What this means is that you will only pay legal fees if and when you win your case and receive your settlement. In cases that do not result in a settlement, no attorney’s fees are owed—thus saving you from taking a risk that most victims of asbestos injury are uncomfortable taking. The contingency fee is paid as a percentage of your settlement, though exact rates may vary.
When should I file my asbestos injury lawsuit?
You should file your claim as soon as possible, after being diagnosed, in order to avoid the possibility of exceeding the statute of limitations in your state.