U.S. veterans and civilians with mesothelioma who are living in New York may be eligible to get financial aid by working with lawyers. New York mesothelioma lawyers can often secure $1 million or more for patients. These attorneys won’t take action against the military or government, and veterans can still get military benefits. See how a mesothelioma attorney in New York may be able to help your family.
How Can a New York Mesothelioma Lawyer Help Me?
A New York mesothelioma lawyer can file legal claims to get compensation for you and your family. These attorneys do all of the legal legwork, so you can focus on getting treatments for mesothelioma and spending time with loved ones.
An experienced lawyer can:
- Determine if you qualify to file a mesothelioma lawsuit
- Gather evidence (like medical records and statements from experts) to support your claim
- File the lawsuit on your behalf
- Negotiate out-of-court legal settlements
- Take the case to trial if needed
New York mesothelioma lawyers do not sue the U.S. government or military. Further, U.S. veterans with mesothelioma can still get benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) if they work with a lawyer.
The Mesothelioma Veterans Center has partnered with a veteran-founded law firm with skilled New York mesothelioma attorneys on staff. Find the best attorney for your case with our Questions to Ask a Mesothelioma Lawyer checklist.
What Areas of New York Do Mesothelioma Lawyers Serve?
New York mesothelioma lawyers help those across the state, including in:
- Long Island
- New York City
- Oyster Bay
- Staten Island
- The Bronx
- Many other cities
Our partner attorneys may be able to help you even if your city isn’t listed above.
Who Is Eligible to Work With New York Mesothelioma Lawyers?
Many people affected by mesothelioma or other asbestos-related diseases could qualify to work with a New York asbestos lawyer.
- Mesothelioma patients: Lawyers can help mesothelioma patients seek money from companies that used asbestos but hid the dangers. Only asbestos exposure causes this cancer.
- Those with asbestos-related diseases: Lawyers can help people with asbestos-related lung cancer, asbestosis, or other diseases pursue financial aid.
- Family members: A family can pursue compensation with a lawyer’s help if they lost a loved one to mesothelioma or other asbestos illnesses.
Asbestos Statute of Limitations
Families have a limited amount of time to work with New York mesothelioma attorneys due to laws called the statutes of limitations.
In New York, mesothelioma patients have 3 years from the date of diagnosis to file a lawsuit. If someone dies from mesothelioma, their family has 2 years to file a wrongful death lawsuit.
Don’t wait: Reach out to a New York asbestos lawyer as soon as possible to make sure your lawsuit is filed in time.
It’s a good idea to contact a lawyer even if you believe the statute has expired in your case, as there may be other financial options available.
Types of Compensation for Mesothelioma in New York
There are several ways New Yorkers with mesothelioma may be able to get compensation, such as asbestos trust funds, mesothelioma lawsuits, and VA benefits. Learn about each below.
Mesothelioma patients or families may be able to file lawsuits with a New York asbestos attorney’s help.
Mesothelioma lawsuits typically award $1 million or more, which can help cover treatment costs and other expenses.
Mesothelioma lawyers in New York handle every step of the lawsuit process. With their help, you could start to get financial aid in 90 days or less.
Learn how our New York mesothelioma lawyers can help you file a lawsuit with our Questions to Ask a Mesothelioma Lawyer checklist.
Asbestos Trust Funds
Many asbestos companies declared bankruptcy to avoid lawsuits, but if they wanted to stay in business, they needed to set up asbestos trust funds. Today, these trusts contain over $30 billion total to compensate mesothelioma patients.
A New York mesothelioma lawyer may be able to help you file asbestos trust fund claims to access your share of this money.
U.S. veterans with mesothelioma can get a wide range of VA benefits, including monthly compensation worth over $3,800 and low-cost or free cancer treatments.
Veterans with mesothelioma can pursue compensation from VA benefits, lawsuits, and asbestos trust funds all at the same time.
The Mesothelioma Veterans Center can help you file for mesothelioma VA benefits or increase your VA payouts after a diagnosis.
Steps to File a Lawsuit With Help From New York Lawyers
New York mesothelioma lawyers handle every step of the lawsuit process, making the process as easy and stress-free as possible. Learn about each step of filing a mesothelioma lawsuit below.
1. Connect With an Attorney
First, connect with a New York mesothelioma lawyer to find out if you’re able to file a lawsuit. Our partner lawyers will listen to your story for free and determine your eligibility.
2. Collect Evidence
If you can file a lawsuit and agree to work with a New York mesothelioma lawyer, they’ll start collecting evidence to build your lawsuit.
This evidence may include:
- Work documents: Many people were exposed to asbestos-containing products at their jobs. If this is true for your case, these documents can help prove it.
- Military service records: The U.S. military relied on asbestos for decades, so you may have been exposed while you served.
- Medical documents: You must have an official mesothelioma diagnosis and a doctor’s note connecting the diagnosis to asbestos exposure.
Your lawyer will use this information to find out which asbestos-containing products you were exposed to. They can then take legal action against the companies that made and sold them.
3. File the Mesothelioma Lawsuit
Once they’ve gathered all of the required evidence, your New York asbestos lawyer will file the mesothelioma lawsuit for you. You don’t have to file it yourself, saving you time and stress.
4. Get Payouts
After your lawsuit has been filed, your New York mesothelioma law firm will begin the process of negotiating a financial payout will all of the asbestos companies named in your lawsuit.
Over 99% of mesothelioma lawsuits reach out-of-court settlements, where the asbestos companies agree to pay you financial compensation.
If a settlement can’t be reached, your case may go to trial where a judge or jury will determine how much money you get (if any). Your mesothelioma attorney will make sure your lawsuit is as strong as possible if it goes to trial.
New York Asbestos Settlement and Verdict Amounts
Our partner New York mesothelioma attorneys have secured millions of dollars in compensation for other U.S. veterans and civilians through settlements and verdicts.
Recent New York mesothelioma payouts include:
How much compensation you could get depends on your diagnosis, how many companies are named in your lawsuit, and other factors.
Use our Questions to Ask a Mesothelioma Lawyer checklist to find out how much your case could be worth when speaking with an attorney.
Asbestos Exposure Sites in New York
New York residents may have been exposed to asbestos in different ways. Common asbestos exposure locations include asbestos job sites, military base exposure sites, and other environments.
Asbestos Job Sites
Many people developed mesothelioma because they worked with asbestos-containing products at their jobs. Over 6,400 job sites in New York — such as mines, mills, and shipyards – relied on asbestos-containing products.
Notable New York job sites with a high risk of exposure included:
- Albany Airport
- Bendix Corporation (Honeywell)
- The Empire State Building
- Johns Manville
- Radio City Music Hall
- The Rockefeller Center
- Star Textile
- Union Carbide Company
- Zonolite Company
A handful of New York asbestos exposure sites are particularly notable.
The U.S. World Trade Center, for example, was built with tons of asbestos products. After the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, a cloud of hazardous dust hovered over Manhattan. First responders, workers, and residents breathed in or swallowed asbestos and other toxins during this time.
The U.S. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has also identified several Superfund sites in New York, such as Claremont Polychemical and Sinclair Refinery. These sites are being cleaned up as they used significant amounts of asbestos.
Military Base Exposure Sites in New York
U.S. veterans who served on military bases in New York had a high risk of asbestos exposure.
Before the early 1980s (when the risks of asbestos became public knowledge), the U.S. military heavily relied on asbestos materials to build structures on its bases.
Military bases in New York that used asbestos include:
- Brooklyn Army Base
- Brooklyn Naval Base and shipyard
- Griffiss Air Force Base
- Hancock Air Force Base
- Mitchel Air Force Base
- Plattsburgh Air Force Base
- Sampson Air Force Base
- St. George Coast Guard Station
- Stewart Air Force Base
Other military assets like ships, shipyards, and vehicles also used lots of asbestos-containing products before the dangers were well-known.
Areas of New York Linked to Asbestos-Related Deaths
Thousands have died from mesothelioma in New York. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has determined which counties had the highest number of mesothelioma deaths from 1999-2020.
- Erie County had 260 mesothelioma deaths
- Nassau County had 259 people die from mesothelioma
- Suffolk County had 255 mesothelioma deaths
Each county reported a rate of roughly 1 mesothelioma death per 100,000 people.
Fortunately, mesothelioma lawyers in New York can help anyone eligible in the state get financial aid and justice. Learn how a lawyer could assist your family with our Free Attorney Questions Checklist.
Connect With a New York Mesothelioma Lawyer Today
We can help you or a U.S. veteran you love connect with a mesothelioma lawyer in New York right now.
A lawyer for mesothelioma in New York can:
- Help you get mesothelioma compensation often worth $1 million+
- Do all of the legal work so there’s no extra stress
- File claims without suing the military or affecting your right to VA benefits
Our partner mesothelioma law firm has some of the best New York asbestos lawyers on staff. If you’re eligible, they can help you quickly file a claim and pursue compensation — many veterans get compensation in 90 days or less.
FAQs on New York Mesothelioma Attorneys
How much does it cost to work with a New York mesothelioma lawyer?
It won’t cost you anything upfront to work with the best New York asbestos lawyers.
They work on a contingency fee basis, which means they take a percentage of the compensation they secure in your case after they recover money for you.
Will New York mesothelioma lawyers sue the U.S. military?
No. The New York mesothelioma lawyers we work with only sue companies that made and sold asbestos-containing products — not the military or government.
Can I still get VA benefits if I file a mesothelioma claim in New York?
Yes. Our team can help you file an asbestos lawsuit and get all of the mesothelioma VA benefits you’re entitled to.
We can even assist in increasing your VA benefit payouts after a mesothelioma diagnosis. Call (877) 450-8973 to find out your eligibility.