If you were exposed to asbestos for an extended period, you may eventually be diagnosed with a form of cancer known as mesothelioma. If this happens, you may be eligible for compensation to help take care of your medical expenses as well as lost income. A family that has lost a loved one to mesothelioma may also be eligible for compensation.
A mesothelioma lawsuit is a complex legal undertaking. The vast majority of mesothelioma lawsuits fall under the umbrella of a product liability claim. They can often be pursued even if the business that produced the tainted products or the company that once employed the mesothelioma victim has closed down.
Personal injury claims and wrongful death lawsuits
When a patient files an asbestos lawsuit, it takes the form of a personal injury lawsuit. If the suit is successful, the patient may be awarded damages for treatment costs, lost income or income potential, pain and suffering and loss of consortium.
A mesothelioma lawsuit can also take the form of a wrongful death claim. This happens when the deceased’s estate, including their family, files a lawsuit following their loved one’s death from mesothelioma. In such a case, the court may award compensation for the deceased’s final expenses, reasonable funeral and burial expenses and the value of the deceased’s lost income or in-kind support to their family.
Since many of the companies responsible for putting people in danger through asbestos exposure have closed, claims are usually applied against trust funds that have been set up for this purpose. If you’ve been diagnosed with mesothelioma, or your loved one has developed the disease, please keep in mind that you have a limited time in which to act. Otherwise, your opportunity to file a claim and get the compensation you deserve for your damages could be lost forever.