Tennessee mesothelioma lawyers can help U.S. veterans and civilians with this cancer and other asbestos-related diseases file lawsuits to pursue financial aid and justice. Tennessee mesothelioma attorneys don’t file lawsuits against the military or the U.S. government, and VA benefits are not affected. Learn how a Tennessee mesothelioma lawyer may be able to help you.
How Can a Tennessee Mesothelioma Lawyer Help Me?
Tennessee mesothelioma lawyers can file legal claims to get compensation from private companies that made and sold asbestos products.
Mesothelioma lawsuit settlements are worth $1 million or more on average. Top Tennessee mesothelioma lawyers can build and file a strong lawsuit on your behalf to seek maximum compensation.
Working with a lawyer does not affect benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). In fact, a skilled lawyer may be able to increase your VA benefits after a mesothelioma diagnosis or file a new claim if you were denied in the past.
The Mesothelioma Veterans Center partners with a veteran-founded law firm with experienced Tennessee mesothelioma lawyers on staff.
Get help finding the best mesothelioma lawyer near you. Download our Questions to Ask a Mesothelioma Lawyer checklist right now.
What Areas of Tennessee Do Mesothelioma Lawyers Serve?
Areas of Tennessee that mesothelioma lawyers serve include:
- Johnson City
- Oak Ridge
- Spring Hill
- Many other TN cities & towns
Our Tennessee mesothelioma lawyers may be able to assist you even if your city isn’t listed above. Contact our team now to learn more.
Eligibility to Work With Tennessee Mesothelioma Lawyers
Veterans with mesothelioma, civilians, or loved ones impacted by exposure to asbestos may qualify to work with Tennessee asbestos attorneys.
To qualify, you or a loved one must have been:
- Exposed to asbestos (typically by working with or around asbestos-containing products)
- Diagnosed with mesothelioma or another asbestos-related disease
If you lost a loved one due to an asbestos-related illness, you may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit.
Tennessee asbestos attorneys can see if you’re eligible to pursue financial compensation.
Asbestos Statute of Limitations
Each state has its own statute of limitations — laws that prevent you from filing a lawsuit if too much time has passed. These deadlines are strict and should be taken very seriously.
In Tennessee, the statute of limitations for mesothelioma claims is generally 1 year from the date of diagnosis or the date of death of the mesothelioma patient.
Call (877) 450-8973 to connect with a Tennessee mesothelioma lawyer who may be able to file your case before time runs out.
You may still qualify even if you think the deadline has passed, so don’t hesitate to call — but don’t wait.
Types of Compensation for Mesothelioma in Tennessee
Mesothelioma compensation options include asbestos trust funds, lawsuits, and VA benefits.
Learn about each avenue below and see how a Tennessee mesothelioma lawyer may be able to help you pursue payouts from all three sources.
Asbestos Trust Fund Claims
Asbestos trust funds were set up by companies that filed for bankruptcy after facing asbestos lawsuits but still wanted to stay in business.
You can’t sue bankrupt companies, but your lawyers can file claims with their trusts to get compensation. Over $30 billion is available in 60+ asbestos trust funds today.
Tennessee mesothelioma lawyers at top law firms can file trust fund claims on your behalf and pursue other pathways for compensation, allowing you to get the most money possible.
Mesothelioma Lawsuits in Tennessee
Your Tennessee mesothelioma lawyer can file a lawsuit to seek compensation for your medical bills and other expenses. The lawyers in our network typically secure $1 million or more through mesothelioma lawsuits.
The U.S. military and government will not be sued. Instead, your lawyers will file a lawsuit against the negligent companies that made asbestos-containing products that continue to harm countless people. These companies hid the risks of asbestos exposure for decades to keep making money.
Use our Free Questions to Ask a Lawyer checklist to find the best Tennessee attorney for your lawsuit.
Veterans Affairs Benefits in Tennessee
Since 1 in 3 mesothelioma patients are veterans, the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a wide range of VA benefits to those impacted.
The most important benefit for most veterans is monthly disability compensation. For 2024, U.S. veterans with mesothelioma can receive nearly $4,000 per month in many cases.
Other mesothelioma VA benefits include:
- Additional financial aid for special circumstances
- Free or inexpensive medical care from top VA doctors
- In-home care services
- Survivor benefits
The Mesothelioma Veterans Center can help you file for VA benefits or increase your payouts if you already receive them. Get help with your mesothelioma VA benefits now.
Mesothelioma Claim Filing Process in Tennessee
The process for filing a Tennessee mesothelioma claim typically involves gathering evidence, filing the claim, and negotiating with asbestos companies.
Learn more about these steps below.
1. Consult a Mesothelioma Lawyer in Tennessee
Call (877) 450-8973 or fill out our online form right now to see if we can connect you with a top Tennessee mesothelioma lawyer. The mesothelioma lawyers in our network offer free consultations to help determine your eligibility.
2. Gather Documentation
Your Tennessee mesothelioma lawyer will gather evidence to build a strong case.
Evidence needed for a mesothelioma lawsuit includes:
- Employment records
- Medical records
- Military service records
- Other documents that prove asbestos exposure
The evidence your attorney gathers is used to prove which asbestos companies could be to blame for your illness.
3. File a Mesothelioma Lawsuit
Next, your Tennessee mesothelioma lawyer will file the lawsuit on your behalf. You will not have to file the claim yourself.
Tennessee lawyers at top mesothelioma law firms can file your lawsuit in the appropriate court system and within the state’s statute of limitations.
The lawsuit will be filed against the companies that made and sold the asbestos-containing products you were exposed to. It will not be filed against the government.
4. Receive Compensation
After filing your lawsuit, your attorney's main objective is to maximize compensation. Over 99% of mesothelioma cases reach out-of-court settlements, where asbestos companies agree to lump-sum payments.
If a settlement can’t be reached, your case may go to trial, with a judge or jury determining the outcome. Your Tennessee mesothelioma attorney will negotiate with the legal teams of asbestos companies to secure your compensation.
Tennessee Asbestos Settlement Amounts
The average mesothelioma settlement is $1 million or more, but many Tennessee veterans and civilians have received much more by working with our lawyers.
For example, Tennessee native and Army and Air Force veteran Arthur “Art” Putt was able to secure financial security in his mesothelioma battle with help from our partner Tennessee mesothelioma lawyers.
“What I tell people is that the financial freedom that came from filing a lawsuit was the one good thing that came out of something bad. It’s made the time I have left even better.”
—Art Putt, Tennessee native and mesothelioma survivor
Art's sizable payout reduced stress, allowing him to focus on his treatment and cherish time with his family without financial worries.
Tennessee mesothelioma settlements and verdicts secured by our legal partners include:
Download our Free Questions to Ask a Lawyer checklist to find an experienced attorney who can pursue Tennesee asbestos settlements on your behalf.
Tennessee Residents and Asbestos Exposure
Tennessee residents may have faced potential asbestos exposure from many different sources. These include job sites, military bases, and other locations in the state.
Learn more about exposure to asbestos in Tennessee below.
Asbestos Job Sites in Tennessee
Tennessee has more than 1,600 known asbestos job sites located throughout the state.
Asbestos was used in power plants, chemical plants, construction, Naval shipyards, Air Force bases, schools, residences, and many more locations.
Asbestos job sites in Tennessee include:
- Acme Company in Knoxville
- Aladdin Industries in Nashville
- American Manufacturing Co. in Chattanooga
- Carnation Company in Murfreesboro
- Cumberland Electric Light and Power Co. in Nashville
- Gates Rubber Plant in Nashville
- General Shale Products Corp. in Knoxville
- Kellogg Company in Memphis
- Lutex Chemical Corporation in Chattanooga
- Quaker Oats in Memphis
- Tennessee Valley Authority, multiple locations
Military Bases in Tennessee
Several Tennessee military bases have a history of asbestos exposure, posing health risks to service members and workers.
Tennessee military bases that used asbestos included:
- Arnold Air Force Base
- Fort Campbell
- Naval Support Activity Mid-South
Veterans stationed at these and other bases, especially between the 1930s and early 1980s, may have been exposed to asbestos due to its widespread use in the military.
If you are a veteran and have Tennessee mesothelioma legal questions, don’t hesitate to call us at (877) 450-8973. There is no charge to speak to a member of our team.
Areas of Tennessee Linked to Asbestos-Related Deaths
There were nearly 5,000 asbestos-related deaths in Tennessee between 1999 and 2017, according to research by the Environmental Working Group.
The majority of those deaths were attributed to lung cancer, followed by mesothelioma and asbestosis.
The areas of Tennessee with the highest rates of asbestos-linked deaths include:
- Davidson County: 360 total deaths with an average of 18 per year
- Hamilton County: 350 total deaths with an average of 18 per year
- Shelby County: 349 total deaths with an average of 18 per year
- Knox County: 317 total deaths with an average of 16 per year
- Sullivan County: 251 total deaths with an average of 13 per year
Find a Tennessee Mesothelioma Lawyer Today
Finding the right Tennessee mesothelioma attorney can make all the difference when it comes to the outcome of your case.
Experienced asbestos lawyers may be able to help you pursue compensation, often worth over $1 million — without suing the U.S. government or the military.
Additionally, our team can help you file for increased VA benefits after a mesothelioma diagnosis or reapply if you were denied in the past.
Our VA-accredited attorneys will help you pursue the maximum benefits and compensation available to you.
Find top Tennessee mesothelioma lawyers who may be able to help you or a veteran you love receive the financial compensation your family deserves.
Tennessee Mesothelioma Lawyer FAQs
How much does it cost to work with a mesothelioma attorney in Tennessee?
Working with the Tennessee asbestos lawyers in our network won't cost you anything upfront.
The best mesothelioma law firms work on a contingency fee basis, meaning they take a percentage of the compensation they secure in your case only if it is successful.
Will Tennessee mesothelioma attorneys sue the U.S. military?
No. The Tennessee mesothelioma lawyers we work with only take legal action against companies that made and sold asbestos-containing products — they do not sue the military or the U.S. government.