Mesothelioma Law Firm

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Asbestos exposure can lead to serious or terminal illnesses, and mesothelioma law firms can hold companies accountable. These firms have proven track records of winning large settlements for clients and have handled asbestos-related cases for decades. Learn how you can connect with top mesothelioma law firms below.

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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 financial aid and justice.

Mesothelioma law firms are driven to help because their attorneys know that many cases of mesothelioma should never have happened. 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 U.S. veterans and civilians.

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Mesothelioma law firms can force manufacturers of asbestos-containing products to pay for the harm done. And U.S. veterans can rest assured — no legal action is taken against the military or government.

If you or a loved one was diagnosed with mesothelioma, asbestosis, or another similar illness after working with asbestos, reach out to a law firm. You may qualify for financial compensation 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. Connect with Simmons Hanly Conroy right now.

What Types of Cases Do Mesothelioma Law Firms Handle?

Mesothelioma law firms typically pursue two kinds of cases: personal injury and wrongful death cases.

  • Personal injury cases 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 cases involve the same investigation and preparation as a personal injury case for asbestos exposure. The difference is that any compensation will pay back loved ones for funeral expenses and any lingering medical expenses after a patient has passed away.

Regardless of which type of case you file, working with an experienced mesothelioma law firm can help give you a better chance of receiving compensation.

The top mesothelioma law firms have databases, experience, and knowledge to 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?

Law firms that work on mesothelioma cases can help:

  • Patients who suffered health injuries like mesothelioma or lung cancer from exposure to asbestos
  • Family members whose loved one passed away from asbestos-related diseases
  • The estate representative of anyone who passed away from an asbestos-related disease

Our team can let you know if you have a case today and connect you with some of the top attorneys nationwide. Start the process now.

What to Look for in a Mesothelioma Law Firm

When you look for a mesothelioma law firm, you need to find one with attorneys who know the laws and regulations regarding asbestos litigation in each state. Every state has different laws on mesothelioma cases. Your law firm also needs a license to practice in the state where your asbestos exposure happened.

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Beyond these basic requirements, the law firm you work with should have the resources, experience, and dedication needed to get the most amount of compensation possible for you. Below is a checklist of things you should expect from the law firm and asbestos lawyers working on your case.

Strong Attorney-Client Relationships

It should be easy to talk to your mesothelioma lawyers. You will have to explain facts about your mesothelioma diagnosis and your family life. Your attorneys may have questions with you at later points in your case, so a good relationship is important.

Good law firms have lawyers on staff that understand what you’re going through. They care about your situation and your future.

To that end, the law firm you choose to work with should make the legal process as stress-free as possible for you. The good news is that your attorneys can handle most aspects of the legal process. While they’re hard at work on your case, you can focus on your medical care.

Find top questions you can ask when speaking to a mesothelioma law firm or lawyer below.

Knowledge of Mesothelioma

A good mesothelioma law firm understands 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 good asbestos law firm will also know how to calculate the losses your family will have to endure if you pass away.

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

Ability to Document Your History of Asbestos Exposure

A good mesothelioma law firm can tell you if you may be able to file a legal claim as a result of asbestos exposure. The firm understands that mesothelioma happens 10-50 years after exposure to asbestos.

Lawyers at top asbestos firms should be prepared to:

  1. Look into 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. Find out the companies responsible: Your mesothelioma law firm can note which companies made the products you were exposed to and file claims against them.

A good law firm also has the resources to separately document your military asbestos exposure and occupational exposure. This is an important step to receiving VA mesothelioma benefits.

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 law firm if they win your case. You shouldn’t have to pay anything out of pocket unless you win the case.

Success in Past Cases

Your mesothelioma law firm should have dealt with many mesothelioma personal injury cases in the past. A good mesothelioma law firm can work for you to achieve an asbestos settlement that covers all of your medical bills, lost wages, and losses from future earned income.

Find out how many cases your law firm has won in the past and how many years of experience they have. Learn how much other clients were compensated as part of previous mesothelioma settlement payouts.

Nationwide Network of Mesothelioma Attorneys

Mesothelioma lawsuits shouldn’t be handled by any regular law firm. You need a national law firm with licenses to practice law in every state. Mesothelioma cases are different in every state, and you may need to file cases in multiple states.

Lawyers at your law firm should be able to travel to wherever you live (or meet you virtually) in order to talk to you about your case. The lawyers you work with should also be willing to travel any time questions arise or if a deposition is needed.

Even being able to travel isn’t always enough, so a top mesothelioma law firm will have branches or other lawyers they work with close by.

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

Past Work With Asbestos Trust Funds

Your mesothelioma law firm should be familiar with asbestos trust funds. Many companies set up asbestos trust funds in order to pay out money to those who were harmed by their products.  In these claims, the money you receive will then come from the trust fund.

More than $30 billion is currently available in trust funds. Your law firm should be able to handle trust fund claims quickly and efficiently. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, access trust funds that could be available to you now with legal help.

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 an asbestos 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, schools, and throughout the military. These companies 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.

Getting the Right Mesothelioma Law Firm for You

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

Here are key things to remember about asbestos firms:

  • The best mesothelioma law firms are understanding and compassionate towards you and your loved ones. Attorneys at these firms will do most of the work that comes with filing a case and retrieving compensation for you.
  • 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 lawyers should be able to travel to you when necessary, no matter where they are.
  • 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.
  • You don’t pay anything unless the firm secures compensation for your case.

Keep all of the traits above in mind when selecting a mesothelioma lawyer. Further, the Mesothelioma Veterans Center is here to help you find a top firm. Find out how to connect with a trusted legal team now.

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 can depend on your exposure to asbestos, the severity of your injury, 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 can secure settlements. 

Asbestos lawyers and law firms often favor settlements as they allow clients to get paid 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 and why.

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

It’s also helpful to search the internet for a firm — if they made news for good or bad reasons, you can find out with a Google search.

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 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.  

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. 

Veterans Support Team
Brian J. Cooke PhotoReviewed by:Brian J. Cooke

Mesothelioma Lawyer and U.S. Marine Corps Veteran

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Brian J. Cooke is a mesothelioma attorney with Simmons Hanly Conroy and 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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