Civilians and veterans living in Oklahoma with mesothelioma can seek justice and compensation by working with an asbestos lawyer. Skilled attorneys can help mesothelioma patients file lawsuits to secure compensation and access military benefits. Learn about all the ways an Oklahoma mesothelioma lawyer may be able to assist you below.
How Can Oklahoma Mesothelioma Lawyers Help Me?
A mesothelioma diagnosis can bring a lot of stress to you and your family. Mesothelioma lawyers in Oklahoma can help you pursue the compensation you need to pay for medical treatments and keep your family’s financial future safe.
To do this, attorneys can file mesothelioma lawsuits on your behalf. These lawsuits typically pay out over $1 million.
If you’re a veteran with mesothelioma, don’t worry — these lawsuits aren’t filed against the military or government. Rather, they’re filed against companies that made and sold asbestos-containing products without revealing the health risks.
Further, you can still get benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) even if you file a lawsuit. A VA-accredited attorney makes this process easy.
The Mesothelioma Veterans Center can help you find top Oklahoma asbestos attorneys right now. Use our Free Questions to Ask a Mesothelioma Lawyer Checklist to get started.
What Areas of Oklahoma Do Mesothelioma Lawyers Serve?
Oklahoma mesothelioma lawyers serve civilians and veterans across the state.
Some of these areas include:
- Broken Arrow
- Oklahoma City
- Many other cities
The Mesothelioma Veterans Center has partnered with top Oklahoma lawyers who can help you no matter where you live in the state. We may be able to assist you even if your city isn’t listed above. Call (877) 450-8973 now to find a skilled attorney near you.
Who Can Work With Oklahoma Mesothelioma Lawyers?
Many people may be able to work with a mesothelioma lawyer in Oklahoma.
Those who may be eligible include:
- Anyone with mesothelioma or another serious asbestos illness
- Family members who lost loved ones to mesothelioma
- Those with legal authority over a mesothelioma victim’s estate
The Oklahoma mesothelioma lawyers we’ve partnered with can offer a free legal consultation to discuss your case and determine if you can file a lawsuit.
Statute of Limitations & Oklahoma Mesothelioma Lawsuits
You have a limited amount of time to file a mesothelioma lawsuit in Oklahoma due to laws known as statutes of limitations. These will prevent you from taking action if you delay.
You have two years to file a mesothelioma lawsuit after you’ve been diagnosed or a loved one passed away from this cancer.
Don’t wait: Find Oklahoma mesothelioma lawyers for veterans now to make sure your case is filed before time runs out.
Types of Compensation for Mesothelioma in Oklahoma
You have three ways to get compensation for mesothelioma or other asbestos-related illnesses in Oklahoma: lawsuits, trust fund claims, and VA benefit claims (if you are a veteran).
An experienced Oklahoma mesothelioma lawyer can see which types of compensation may be available in your case and file claims on your behalf.
Learn about the different mesothelioma compensation options below.
Mesothelioma Lawsuits in Oklahoma
Lawyers can help Oklahoma residents file mesothelioma lawsuits, which typically award $1 million or more.
Mesothelioma lawsuits are filed against companies that made and sold asbestos-containing products despite knowing the health risks — not the U.S. military or government.
Our partner Oklahoma mesothelioma lawyers handle all aspects of a lawsuit, meaning there is no extra stress or worries put upon the patient or their families. Further, attorneys can often start to secure the first payouts from lawsuits in 90 days or less.
Asbestos Trust Fund Claims
Asbestos trust funds were set up by bankrupt manufacturers of asbestos-containing products to pay current and future victims. These manufacturers were forced to put money into trusts by the U.S. bankruptcy court system if they wanted to stay in business.
There’s more than $30 billion currently available in asbestos trust funds.
A mesothelioma attorney in Oklahoma can help you file asbestos trust fund claims in addition to a regular lawsuit. You may be eligible if you were exposed to asbestos products made by companies that have trusts.
Veterans Affairs Benefits in Oklahoma
Veterans who develop mesothelioma as a result of military asbestos exposure will qualify for a wide range of VA benefits. The most notable is VA disability.
Veterans typically receive nearly $4,000 a month through disability compensation.
Additional VA benefits include:
- Extra compensation for special circumstances
- Free or low-cost health care from the VA
- Survivor benefits
Veterans can access VA benefits and payouts from lawsuits and trust funds all at the same time with our assistance.
Our VA-accredited attorneys can help veterans file a VA claim or increase the amount of compensation they get.
Mesothelioma Claim Filing Process in Oklahoma
Here’s how to file an asbestos claim in Oklahoma with a mesothelioma lawyer’s help.
1. Connect With an Oklahoma Mesothelioma Lawyer
Our partner Oklahoma mesothelioma law firms can listen to your story and determine if you may be eligible to file a lawsuit.
Call (877) 450-8973 now for a free consultation. If you qualify, a mesothelioma attorney can walk you through the next steps.
2. Collect Evidence
If you agree to work with our Oklahoma mesothelioma lawyers, they can start collecting evidence to build your lawsuit.
This evidence may include:
- Civilian and military work records
- Information showing when, where, and how you were exposed to asbestos
- Medical documents related to your mesothelioma diagnosis
If you don’t recall exactly how you were exposed to asbestos, don’t fret. Our attorneys have warehouses’ worth of records and data that they can use to determine your exposure.
3. File the Lawsuit
With all the evidence collected, your Oklahoma mesothelioma attorney can file the asbestos lawsuit on your behalf. This saves you the hassle of having to file yourself.
The mesothelioma lawsuit will be filed against any and all companies that made the asbestos products you were exposed to. Your lawyers will make sure that the lawsuit is filed within Oklahoma’s statute of limitations and in the correct court system.
4. Negotiate a Settlement or Go to Trial
After completing discovery, your Oklahoma asbestos lawyers will likely want to secure a settlement. With a settlement, the asbestos companies agree to pay you a lump sum and in exchange, the lawsuit won’t go to trial.
In the rare case a settlement isn’t reached, a judge or jury may determine how much money you receive (if any) through a trial.
Top Oklahoma mesothelioma attorneys will do all they can to secure the strongest out-of-court settlement for your case. But, they’ll also prepare to take your case to trial if needed.
Want to find the best attorney for your case? Use our downloadable Free Checklist of Questions to Ask a Mesothelioma Lawyer.
Oklahoma Asbestos Settlement Amounts
Most mesothelioma settlements award $1 million to $1.4 million, with some Oklahoma veterans and civilians getting even more.
Settlements and verdicts our Oklahoma attorneys have secured include:
An Oklahoma mesothelioma lawyer will carefully assess your case and fight for a fair settlement offer on your behalf.
Asbestos Sites & Mesothelioma Risks in Oklahoma
Oklahoma is home to a number of military and civilian sites that relied on asbestos for decades, putting many in the state at risk of mesothelioma later in life.
Here is more information on where asbestos may be found in different parts of Oklahoma.
Asbestos Job Sites in Oklahoma
Oklahoma is home to nearly 700 asbestos job sites. Workers could be exposed while removing or replacing asbestos-containing products.
Here are just a few of many asbestos worksites in Oklahoma:
- Agrico Plant in Catoosa
- B.F. Goodrich Company in Miami
- Belle Isle School in Oklahoma City
- Cabot Corporation in Beaver
- Carter Oil Company in Elmore
- Central State Griffin Memorial Hospital in Norman
- Champlin Petroleum in Enid
- Choctaw Lumber Company in Wright City
- Elsing Manufacturing Company in Atoka
- Farmland Industries in Tulsa
- Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company in Lawton
Military Bases in Oklahoma
Asbestos was used in all branches of the military, and Oklahoma is home to several military bases where exposure may have occurred.
- Altus Air Force Base
- Fort Sill
- McAlester Naval Ammunition Plant
- Tinker Air Force Base
Military veterans who served at these bases and developed mesothelioma can work with our team to pursue VA benefits and compensation. Call (877) 450-8973 now to learn more.
Areas of Oklahoma Linked to Asbestos-Related Deaths
Oklahoma has seen more than 2,600 deaths between 1999 and 2017. Asbestos-related deaths include those linked to mesothelioma, lung cancer, and asbestosis.
Mesothelioma was responsible for 485 deaths during that time period, with the others attributed to lung cancer and asbestosis.
Oklahoma counties linked to high rates of asbestos-related deaths are:
- Oklahoma County: 421 total deaths, with an average of 21 deaths per year
- Tulsa County: 396 total deaths, with an average of 20 deaths per year
- Kay County: 96 total deaths, with an average of 5 deaths per year
- Comanche County: 85 total deaths, with an average of 4 deaths per year
- Carter County: 83 total deaths, with an average of 4 deaths per year
Find an Oklahoma Mesothelioma Lawyer Today
If you or a loved one is facing a mesothelioma diagnosis in Oklahoma, take the first step toward justice by getting help from an attorney.
Our partner Oklahoma asbestos attorneys can:
- Act as your guide through the legal process
- Build a lawsuit and file it for you
- Negotiate a settlement
- Pursue additional payouts through trust fund claims
- Secure VA benefits that you qualify for
Discuss your case and explore your legal options now during a free case review. The Mesothelioma Veterans Center can connect you with top Oklahoma mesothelioma lawyers serving your area if you qualify.
Oklahoma Mesothelioma Lawyer FAQs
What is the mesothelioma lawsuit about?
Mesothelioma patients in Oklahoma and the rest of the country can file mesothelioma lawsuits to seek justice and compensation from makers of asbestos-containing products.
These companies knew asbestos could cause serious illnesses like mesothelioma but hid the truth for decades. This put millions of civilians and U.S. military personnel at risk of getting sick.
Successful mesothelioma lawsuits have awarded millions of dollars to Oklahomans, allowing them to cover expenses and keep their loved ones financially secure.
Can you get mesothelioma without asbestos exposure?
The only known cause of mesothelioma is exposure to asbestos fibers. If you’ve been diagnosed, you were exposed at some point in your life.
Our partner Oklahoma mesothelioma lawyers have years of experience and many resources to help them determine when, where, and how you may have been exposed to asbestos.
From there, they may be able to file a lawsuit on your behalf. Call (877) 450-8973 now to get started.
How long do you have to be exposed to asbestos to develop mesothelioma?
Any amount of exposure to asbestos can put you at risk of mesothelioma 10-50 years later. Those at the highest risk, though, worked with or around asbestos on an everyday basis for long spans of time (several months or more).
U.S. veterans and civilians in blue-collar industries often used asbestos-based products like insulation, wires, and piping as part of their jobs up until the early 1980s. As a result, they are at a high risk of mesothelioma today.
Our Oklahoma mesothelioma lawyers can help those with asbestos-related diseases seek compensation and justice.
What can asbestos cause?
Asbestos exposure can cause life-threatening illnesses like mesothelioma, lung cancer, and asbestosis.
If you have any of these diseases, find top Oklahoma mesothelioma lawyers who can help you pursue justice and financial compensation.