Mesothelioma Law Firm

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Asbestos exposure can cause mesothelioma. Mesothelioma law firms hold the responsible parties accountable for this harmful exposure. With decades of experience, these law firms have proven track records of winning large settlements for clients. Learn how to connect with a top mesothelioma law firm.

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What Is a Mesothelioma Law Firm?

A mesothelioma law firm specializes in cases related to asbestos exposure. These law firms have skilled asbestos attorneys on staff who can help those with mesothelioma get justice and financial compensation for their asbestos-related illness.

Mesothelioma law firms are driven to help asbestos victims because they know that most cases of mesothelioma could have been avoided.

Makers of asbestos-based products hid the risks of asbestos exposure from the general public for decades to protect their profits. These companies chose money over the health and safety of millions of U.S. veterans and their families.

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A mesothelioma law firm can force manufacturers of asbestos-containing products to pay for the harm done.

U.S. veterans can rest assured — no legal action is taken against the government or U.S. military.

If you or a loved one was diagnosed with mesothelioma, asbestosis, or another similar illness after working with asbestos, reach out to an asbestos law firm to discuss your legal options.

You may qualify for mesothelioma compensation that can be used to cover medical expenses and protect your family’s financial future.

The Mesothelioma Veterans Center is proud to have partnered with Simmons Hanly Conroy, a veteran-founded mesothelioma law firm with a national reach. Find top mesothelioma lawyers working with Simmons Hanly Conroy right now.

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What Types of Cases Do Mesothelioma Law Firms Handle?

Mesothelioma law firms typically file two types of lawsuits:

  • Personal injury lawsuits are filed on behalf of clients who were injured from their exposure to asbestos. Asbestos exposure can lead to a wide range of illnesses, including mesothelioma, asbestosis, lung cancer, and other types of cancer.
  • Wrongful death lawsuits are filed by a victim's family or estate after they pass away. Compensation from a wrongful death suit can help the victim's loved ones pay for funeral services and any lingering medical bills.

Regardless of which type of case you file, working with an experienced mesothelioma law firm can help increase your odds of receiving compensation.

Top mesothelioma law firms have comprehensive resources at their disposal to help determine which asbestos-based products you were exposed to, what companies made them, and how to access financial compensation from them.

Who Can a Mesothelioma Law Firm Help?

A mesothelioma law firm can help:

  • Patients who developed mesothelioma or lung cancer from exposure to asbestos
  • Family members whose loved one passed away from asbestos-related diseases
  • Estate representatives of anyone who passed away from an asbestos-related disease

If you fall into one of these groups, our team can review your case for free and connect you with some of the nation's top mesothelioma attorneys. Start the process now.

What to Look for in a Mesothelioma Law Firm

When choosing a mesothelioma law firm, you should make sure their attorneys know the laws and regulations regarding asbestos litigation in each state. Every state has different laws on when you can file a claim after a mesothelioma diagnosis.

Your law firm also needs a license to practice in the state where you were exposed to asbestos.

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Beyond these basic requirements, the law firm you work with should have the resources, experience, and tenacity to get the most amount of mesothelioma compensation possible for you.

Below is a checklist of things you should expect from the mesothelioma law firm and asbestos lawyers working on your case.

Strong Attorney-Client Relationships

It should be easy to talk to the firm's mesothelioma lawyers. During your first conversation, you will need to provide some basic information about your mesothelioma diagnosis, military service, and work history.

Your attorneys may also have questions for you at later points in your case, so it's important that you feel comfortable with them.

The mesothelioma law firm you choose to work with should make the legal process as stress-free as possible. While they’re hard at work on your case, you can focus on your medical care and spending time with family.

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Knowledge of Mesothelioma

A top mesothelioma law firm will understand the medical side of mesothelioma. This includes the cause of the disease, ways you could have been exposed to asbestos, and the effect that mesothelioma has on your ability to work in the future.

A leading asbestos law firm will also know how to calculate the financial loss to your family should you pass away.

Simmons Hanly Conroy has a deep understanding of how mesothelioma can affect you. Their team of nursing support staff can help answer your questions and connect you with medical care. Their attorneys will also regularly check in with you as you battle this cancer.

Ability to Document Your History of Asbestos Exposure

A reputable mesothelioma law firm can confirm whether you can file a legal claim based on the timeline of your cancer. Since it can take 10-50 years after asbestos exposure to develop mesothelioma, you will need help pinpointing the specific product(s) that caused your illness.

Lawyers at top asbestos firms should be prepared to:

  1. Research your work and service history: Attorneys can determine when and where you were exposed to asbestos while you worked or served in the military.
  2. Link your illness back to asbestos exposure: Some asbestos-related diseases (like mesothelioma and asbestosis) are only caused by asbestos exposure, while others (like lung cancer) have many possible causes. Top firms can determine if your illness was caused by asbestos exposure or not.
  3. Identify the companies responsible: Your mesothelioma law firm can note which companies made the products you were exposed to and file claims against them.

A qualified mesothelioma law firm should also have resources to separately document your military asbestos exposure and occupational exposure. This is an important step to receiving VA benefits for mesothelioma.

No Upfront or Out-of-Pocket Costs

You should receive a free consultation and shouldn’t have to pay any money upfront for your claim. All asbestos cases are handled on a contingency fee basis, which means that the law firm only gets paid if you are awarded funds as a result of your asbestos exposure.

You need to determine what percentage of your claim will be awarded to the mesothelioma law firm if they win your case. You shouldn’t have to pay anything out of pocket unless you win the case.

Successful Track Record

Your mesothelioma law firm should have an established history of securing compensation for asbestos victims and their loved ones. A leading mesothelioma law firm should be able to negotiate an asbestos settlement that covers all of your medical bills, lost wages, and losses from future earned income.

Find out how many mesothelioma cases your law firm has won and how many years of experience they have. You can also ask how much money their past clients were awarded in mesothelioma settlement payouts.

Nationwide Network of Mesothelioma Attorneys

Mesothelioma lawsuits shouldn’t be handled by a general law firm. You need a national mesothelioma law firm licensed to practice law in every state.

Your legal team should be able to travel to wherever you live (or meet you virtually) to discuss your case. The lawyers you work with should also be willing to travel any time questions arise or if a deposition is needed. A top mesothelioma law firm will also have a local office or a network of other experienced lawyers close by to assist you.

Every step of the process should be completed with care, expertise, and the assurance that you can reach your firm — even in person — whenever you need to.

Past Experience With Asbestos Trust Funds

Your mesothelioma law firm should be familiar with asbestos trust funds. After declaring bankruptcy, specific companies were court ordered to set up asbestos trust funds in order to pay out money to those who were harmed by their products.

More than $30 billion is currently available in trust funds today. Your law firm should be able to handle trust fund claims quickly and efficiently — most victims of asbestos exposure begin receiving trust fund compensation in as soon as 90 days.

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma cancer, you may be able to access trust funds with help from an asbestos law firm.

Deciding to File a Mesothelioma Claim

The only known cause of mesothelioma is asbestos exposure. If you are suffering from mesothelioma, it’s almost certain that you were exposed to asbestos in the past.

You or a family member probably worked for a company that used asbestos, or your exposure came from military service. The U.S. Armed Forces used asbestos extensively in ships, vehicles, and construction materials. This means you most likely have the legal right to file a mesothelioma lawsuit.

Remember, the asbestos industry was aware of the dangers of asbestos as early as the 1930s. Yet, companies continued making and selling asbestos products.

These products were used in homes, at schools, and throughout the military. The companies that manufactured the are legally responsible for exposing mesothelioma victims to asbestos.

A mesothelioma law firm can help you file a claim and get the money you deserve.

Find the Right Mesothelioma Law Firm for Your Case

Mesothelioma compensation is out there for you and your family. Connecting with a mesothelioma law firm is key to accessing that compensation.

Here are 4 key things to remember about asbestos law firms:

  1. The best mesothelioma law firms are understanding and compassionate. Attorneys at these firms will do most of the work that comes with filing a case and securing compensation for you.
  2. Your law firm may be out of state — and that’s okay. There are a limited number of law firms specializing in mesothelioma lawsuits. You should expect your mesothelioma law firm to understand laws in your state that could affect your case. Not only that, but your legal team should be able to travel to you when necessary, no matter where you are.
  3. Mesothelioma law firms take legal action against makers of asbestos-based products, not the U.S. military or government. Further, working with a law firm doesn’t impact your ability to file for VA benefits.
  4. You don’t pay anything unless your mesothelioma firm recovers compensation on your behalf.

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FAQs About Mesothelioma Law Firms

What is the average compensation awarded in a mesothelioma lawsuit?

Each mesothelioma lawsuit is unique. The compensation that you may get depends on your exposure to asbestos, the severity of your illness, your age, your occupation, and if you work with a skilled mesothelioma law firm or not.

With all that in mind, the average mesothelioma settlement is between $1 million and $1.4 million.

Does everyone working with a mesothelioma law firm get a settlement?

Many — but not all — who work with a mesothelioma law firm end up getting settlements.

Asbestos lawyers and law firms often favor settlements since they allow clients to get paid sooner without having to wait for a trial.

Trials take longer and can be risky, as there’s no guarantee you’ll get any money from them. However, you could receive more money from a trial than a settlement if you win. Trials technically don’t reach settlements — they reach judgments.

Successful mesothelioma judgments are between $5 million and $11.4 million on average.

How do you know a mesothelioma law firm is reputable?

The best way to determine the quality of an asbestos law firm is by researching the firm itself. Ask about their track record. Talk to current and past clients to learn how the law firm treats others. Find out about any awards or accolades the law firm has received.

You can check each state’s bar association website to verify the status of a lawyer’s license as well as any disciplinary actions that may have been taken against them.

What is the top mesothelioma law firm?

There are many experienced law firms that could be considered the “top” mesothelioma law firm. One such example is the veteran-founded law firm Simmons Hanly Conroy.

Since its founding in 1999, this national firm has secured over $8.5 billion for thousands affected by asbestos-related diseases, including many U.S. veterans. Simmons Hanly Conroy also won the largest asbestos verdict in history for a single plaintiff — $250 million for a retired Indiana steelworker. Connect with Simmons Hanly Conroy for a free consultation.

Ultimately, the best mesothelioma law firm for your case will have the skills to get you the most amount of compensation possible and make you feel comfortable throughout the legal process.

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Mesothelioma Lawyer and U.S. Marine Corps Veteran

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Brian J. Cooke is a mesothelioma attorney with Simmons Hanly Conroy and a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. Thanks in part to his military service, Brian is in tune with many of the issues that veterans with mesothelioma face. Brian and his team work tirelessly to secure compensation for those with this rare and deadly cancer.

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Christopher Dryfoos is a journalist and member of the American Medical Writers Association (AMWA). As the grandson of the U.S. Navy’s first forensic pathologist, he aims to help veterans with mesothelioma access needed care.

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