Mesothelioma Compensation for Family Members
Mesothelioma Compensation for Family Members If your loved one has died because of mesothelioma or another asbestos-related disease, we are terribly sorry for your loss. The tragedy of a death related to corporate negligence is more than simple misconduct. It’s an unimaginable horror for you and other innocent families like yours to experience.
The harmful effects related to asbestos exposure have long been studied and known by researchers in the medical and scientific community. From breathing problems to loss of mobility or cognitive deterioration, the consequences of exposure to asbestos are far-reaching and crippling for those unfortunate enough to suffer from them.
Mesothelioma is considered to be a terminal diagnosis. For family members, filing a wrongful death lawsuit against the guilty party or parties is the best way to ensure they answer for what they have done.
In 2014 Kazan Law achieved the highest wrongful death jury verdict in California. The total amount awarded was $11,800,000. Results like these are not uncommon for our law firm.
The emotional stress and suffering you’ve already endured has likely caused a rippling impact on your entire life. From medical costs to the inability to effectively do your job, you have endured financial repercussions from the death of your family member. Accordingly, the responsible corporation(s) should be obligated to pay damages to you for the harm they have caused. That’s why you have the right to pursue compensation for your distress.
Beyond the lost wages from the deceased, your ability to live your life has been significantly altered. This chain of events has come about because of the willful negligence or malice of corporations that need to be held responsible.
That’s why it’s so critical for you and your family to act now and seek out what is rightfully yours. You do not have to allow this tragedy to make you a victim twice. The loss you now have to live with is painful enough. It’s time for you to take action and seek out the justice you deserve.
Families can pursue settlements or other compensation efforts through a variety of legal means. The goal here is to create proof that both the deceased victim and your family have endured pain, suffering and financial loss as a result of mesothelioma or other asbestos-related disease.
Common areas of injury include the following:
Your family member’s medical costs related to a mesothelioma diagnosis or asbestos-related illness were likely very high. For many families these bills may not be fully covered by their insurance. As a result, they are left with unpaid charges potentially impacting their credit and other financial elements of their lives.
When a household is financially impacted by an illness or disease related to asbestos, the results can be devastating. This means that mortgages, credit cards or utility bills may go unpaid. You are entitled to receive a cash settlement amount which includes enough to offset these costs, late fees and related financial damages that result from the family’s loss of income.
While emotional pain is not as measurable as financial damages, it is the true crux of what you are experiencing. Your emotional distress, pain and suffering is carried with you throughout your life. This type of suffering should not go uncompensated or unacknowledged by those who are responsible, and a jury can measure the value of your loss.
Generally the legal process for a wrongful death suit related to mesothelioma or asbestos exposure starts with extensive research by multiple investigators and attorneys, and by interviews with the client.
Claims are filed once it’s determined what the best options are. These claims can be made in different states, depending on where different company offices involved with the exposure are located. The state where you are likely to get the most favorable settlement is where your claim should be made. From there your case could go to court or a settlement may be reached.
Beyond making negligent companies pay for the life they took, you have additional options available to honor the person you loved. Some of our clients have generously made a contribution to mesothelioma research and treatment.
Researchers have continued to invest their focus on better understanding the mechanisms behind mesothelioma and other diseases caused by asbestos. Their work can make a huge difference in the lives of other people with a similar diagnosis in the future.
Contributing to this type of research can help:
Mesothelioma is typically a fatal diagnosis. Perhaps one day that terminal aspect of the disease will be reversed and we can cure it. Until then, advancing research will make better treatment options more affordable and accessible to those who are suffering.
While your loved one may be gone, he or she will never be forgotten. Although no sum of money can bring them back, you and your family deserve compensation for the emotional and financial turmoil this has caused you.
With the right legal team and strategy, your chances of a just trial or settlement amount are improved greatly. If you haven’t already, your critical next step is to schedule a consultation with a lawyer specializing in mesothelioma and asbestos litigation.
Mesothelioma Compensation for Family Members Someone who is not a mesothelioma patient may be able to receive compensation if they lost a loved one to the disease. If a mesothelioma patient passes away without claiming asbestos compensation, oftentimes the family is able to file a wrongful death claim.
If a mesothelioma patient dies, asbestos companies may be held responsible. Not everyone can receive compensation after a loved one is diagnosed with mesothelioma.
There are three main criteria for filing a mesothelioma wrongful death claim:
No Previous Claims
Often, family members wonder if they are entitled to compensation after their loved one dies. When a person develops mesothelioma, certain companies are responsible for the asbestos exposure that caused the disease. Those companies have to compensate for that loss only once.
If a mesothelioma patient already received compensation for their disease against a particular asbestos company defendant, generally, no one else can file a claim against that same defendant, however, family members might be able to file claims against other asbestos company defendants not previously settled.
Typically, only a spouse, immediate family member, or a dependent of a person who passed away from mesothelioma is able to file for compensation. Who is eligible to be a wrongful death beneficiary varies widely from state-to-state.
In some states, you may be able to file a claim if you are a parent or a more distant family member. A person who suffered financially from the death, such as someone who was being cared for or supported by the mesothelioma victim may also be eligible.
Most legal cases must be filed by a certain time limit, called the statute of limitations. Mesothelioma wrongful death cases need to be filed by 1-3 years after a patient’s death. The statute of limitations varies by state. A mesothelioma lawyer can sometimes file in a different state with a longer statute of limitations. Only an experienced lawyer can say for sure if your deadline has passed to file a claim.
What is a Wrongful Death Claim?
A wrongful death claim is used when someone passes away and his or her loved ones believe the death is the fault of another person or entity. Mesothelioma is caused by asbestos exposure. Certain companies that produced or sold asbestos products or equipment requiring the use of asbestos are at fault for mesothelioma deaths.
Many asbestos companies were aware of the hazardous health risks associated with the substance but did not warn their employees or consumers. Now, these companies are held responsible for the cancer deaths they caused through wrongful death claims.
There are three different types of wrongful death damages:
Economic Loss: This includes financial contributions to the family the victim would have made if they were still alive, including their expected future earnings and benefits. Medical costs for mesothelioma treatment as well as funeral expenses can be part of this compensation.
Hiring a Mesothelioma Lawyer
Wrongful death laws can be complicated. Many families are not eligible to file a mesothelioma wrongful death claim due to the statute of limitations or other reasons
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