Mesothelioma is a rare but very serious form of cancer-known as one of the most aggressive and terminal medical conditions affecting Americans today. Tragically, it is also one of the most preventable. Mesothelioma is caused almost exclusively by exposure to a known toxic carcinogen called asbestos that, despite stringent and overarching government regulation, remains a material used in some specific sectors of the American manufacturing industry today.
There is much information about mesothelioma and its relation to asbestos floating around today; and not all of that information is current, comprehensive or even entirely factual. Also, many of the resources out there are not designed for victims themselves, failing to answer the most pressing questions of those directly affected by the disease or presenting those answers in a convoluted or excessively technical context that is difficult for the average person to understand.
In response to these deficits, we have created this six-part guide with the informational needs of mesothelioma victims and their loved ones in mind. The following articles are designed to be both brief and comprehensive, as well as easily understood and targeted towards the most common inquiries made by victims of mesothelioma and asbestos.
For even more information and free legal guidance to understanding your rights after illegal or negligent asbestos exposure, contact the experienced and dedicated attorneys of Shrader Law and Associates, LLP.
To date, more than 700,000 claimants have successfully obtained a mesothelioma settlement or trial award as compensation for the illegal or unethical asbestos exposure that caused their illness. Millions of dollars are currently being held in asbestos trusts to pay the claims of present and future victims. Exercising one’s rights to fair compensation isn’t as complicated as many victims initially fear. With the guidance and reputation of an expert asbestos attorney, the process can be smooth and hassle-free.
The Road to Compensation
The first step in pursuing a settlement or trial award is selecting an attorney to represent your interests. It’s imperative that you choose a representative that is both knowledgeable and experienced in asbestos-injury cases like yours. He or she will be responsible for every facet of building your case: gathering facts and evidence, identifying and naming the liable party or parties, filing a claim with the court clerk, facilitating the discovery process with attorney(s) for the defendant(s), negotiating a mesothelioma settlement and/or presenting your case at trial.
What to Reasonably Expect from a Mesothelioma Settlement
Claimants are encouraged to consult with their respective attorneys about what to expect from a settlement. Many specific factors related to a case determine the exact amount of any settlement or trial award-including the number of defendants, degree of provable liability, type and extent of resulting illness, etc. In general, settlements-which are agreed upon by both sides of the lawsuit-are considerably more common than trial awards. That is to say that, more often than not, a mesothelioma lawsuit is settled outside of the courtroom; only a minority of cases actually proceed to trial.