Compensation for Mesothelioma Victims
If you have mesothelioma or another asbestos-related disease, you may be eligible for compensation to help you afford medical treatment and other expenses.
Manufacturers used asbestos — the only known cause of mesothelioma — for decades, hiding the dangers from the general public, major industries, and the military.
Today, you can take legal action against these companies to receive mesothelioma compensation. The VA may also provide compensation for mesothelioma if you’re a qualifying veteran or family member.
To see if you can access mesothelioma compensation, contact us today.
How Much Compensation Can You Get for Mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma cases that are settled out of court are valued at $1-1.4 million on average, but you may receive more or less than this amount.
An experienced mesothelioma lawyer can help you determine how much mesothelioma financial compensation you might be eligible to receive.
Factors Affecting Mesothelioma Claim Values
- Dates and locations of your U.S. military service
- Dependents you support, such as a spouse or child
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Medical expenses not covered by your health insurance provider
- Travel costs to see a mesothelioma specialist
- Your age and gender
How Can Mesothelioma Compensation Help Me?
- Funding for Medical Costs: Compensation can pay for mesothelioma treatments like life-extending surgeries, as well as travel costs if you need to see a doctor far from your home.
- Make Up for Lost Wages: You or your family members may have to stop working during your cancer battle. Mesothelioma compensation can help supplement this lost income.
- Cover Any Other Expenses: You can use mesothelioma financial compensation for almost anything once you have it, such as groceries, transportation, home health care, and more.
Other Compensation Options
- Private Insurance: Depending on your plan and provider, private insurance can help cover your mesothelioma health care costs.
- Medicaid and Medicare: These government programs can also help pay for medical expenses after a mesothelioma diagnosis.
- Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI): You are eligible for SSDI if you have mesothelioma, which is considered a terminal disease.
- Long-Term Disability Insurance: This provides monthly payouts if you cannot work for an extended period of time. Mesothelioma may be considered a long-term disability since it has no cure. You can access this insurance on your own or through your job.
- Mesothelioma Organizations: Groups such as the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation (Meso Foundation) and Cancer Care offer financial assistance to cover patients’ travel expenses and other out-of-pocket costs.
How Can I Get Mesothelioma Compensation?
The process of pursuing mesothelioma compensation is significantly simpler with the help of an experienced lawyer. Learn the steps to accessing compensation below.
1. Connect With a Mesothelioma Lawyer
Mesothelioma lawyers handle nearly all the work of pursuing compensation so you can focus on getting treatment and spending time with loved ones.
Mesothelioma lawyers know how to:
- Use databases of information on the asbestos industry to build strong cases
- Properly collect evidence showing how you were exposed to asbestos
- File compensation claims correctly and on time
- Help you get mesothelioma compensation from both the VA and asbestos companies
While it may seem more convenient to work with a general practice firm, they may not have the experience necessary to get the most value from your case. Specialized mesothelioma attorneys have the skills and resources needed to get the compensation you deserve, and they do not charge upfront fees.
2. Gather Evidence
Once you’ve selected a mesothelioma attorney, their law firm will gather evidence for your case.
Evidence used to build a claim may include:
- Medical records and health information
- Military service documents (including which jobs you worked and where you served)
- Post-military work history
- List of asbestos-based products you were exposed to and which companies made them
Your mesothelioma attorney will use this information to help prove why you need mesothelioma compensation from the VA and/or manufacturers of asbestos-containing products.
3. File a Mesothelioma Compensation Claim
Once your legal team has collected all the needed information, they will file your mesothelioma compensation claim on your behalf.
How your claim will be filed depends on the type of compensation you’re seeking:
- Mesothelioma lawsuits are filed in the appropriate court system for your case and are not filed against the U.S. military or your former employer.
- Asbestos trust fund claims are filed with the mesothelioma compensation fund(s) you qualify for.
- Mesothelioma veterans claims are filed by VA-accredited lawyers or claims agents, who are trained by the VA to help veterans access benefits.
Lawyers and VA claim agents can file your paperwork with the proper channels and will keep you updated as they work to secure mesothelioma compensation for you.
Filing for legal compensation won’t affect your ability to get military benefits. In fact, the VA considers mesothelioma a disability, and veterans with mesothelioma usually qualify for full (100%) disability.
Did you know that married veterans with 100% disability receive $3,823.89 per month in 2023? We can help start your claim right now.
See If You're Eligible for Mesothelioma Compensation
If you developed mesothelioma after serving in the U.S. Armed Forces or another job that relied on asbestos products, you deserve compensation. Mesothelioma compensation can help you pay your medical bills and keep your family financially secure.
Whether you want to access mesothelioma compensation from a lawsuit, asbestos trust, or VA claim, we can help. Work with our Patient Advocates and VA-accredited mesothelioma attorneys to begin seeking compensation.
Contact us now to connect with a mesothelioma lawyer.
Mesothelioma Compensation FAQs
How long do mesothelioma claims take?
While each case is different, you may start to receive compensation from lawsuits and asbestos bankruptcy trust funds within 90 days. You will start to get money from the VA once your claim is processed, and this compensation is usually paid out in monthly installments.
Lawyers and VA-accredited claims agents can give you a better idea of when you’ll receive mesothelioma compensation as your claim status progresses.
Who is eligible for mesothelioma compensation?
Aside from yourself, anyone with legal authority over your estate can apply for mesothelioma compensation. This is usually a family member but may include friends or other loved ones.
You can learn whether you have the legal authority to file a compensation claim by speaking to a mesothelioma lawyer.
When is the deadline to apply for mesothelioma compensation?
The deadline to file a mesothelioma compensation claim depends on the specifics of your case.
Laws called statutes of limitations prevent mesothelioma lawsuits from being filed after a certain period of time has passed. Additionally, asbestos trust funds set their own limits on when you can file a claim. If you miss the deadline, you likely won't qualify to receive any compensation.
Talk to a lawyer shortly after you are diagnosed to ensure your mesothelioma case is filed in time. There may also be ways for you to get compensation even if you miss the deadline.
Can I get compensation for other asbestos-related diseases?
If you have an asbestos-related illness aside from mesothelioma, such as asbestosis, you might still be eligible for compensation. Speak with a mesothelioma attorney to learn more.