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Asbestos exposure: mesothelioma claim eligibility

How does asbestos exposure cause mesothelioma?

Asbestos exposure can lead to numerous serious diseases, including mesothelioma, a very aggressive and rare cancer that usually develops on the outer lining of the lungs. Every year, approximately 3,000 people in the United States receive a diagnosis of mesothelioma. The only known cause of mesothelioma is asbestos exposure.

When a person inhales asbestos fibers that were released in the air by various activities that occurred in industrial or military settings, their risk of developing mesothelioma increases significantly. Because asbestos fibers are microscopic and have rough edges, they can easily attach themselves to the outer lining of the lungs, where they will gradually cause severe inflammation and tissue scarring. Within 20 to 50 years, this can result in the growth of malignant tumors.

Between 2% and 10% of people with a history of asbestos exposure will come to struggle with mesothelioma. Men over the age of 65 have the highest risk of receiving a mesothelioma diagnosis if they were exposed to asbestos. When mesothelioma develops on the outer lining of the lungs, it is medically referred to as pleural mesothelioma. However, it is worthy of note that mesothelioma does not occur only on the outer lining of the lungs, as it can also develop on the outer lining of the following parts of the body if the asbestos fibers travel through the bloodstream or the lymphatic system:

  • the heart
  • the abdomen
  • the testicles

In the regrettable case that you developed this cancer, regardless of where it is located, it is important to know that you may be eligible for compensation from the liable companies. Our team of professionals, who has over 35 years of experience in evaluating asbestos claims, will help you obtain the money you deserve for your suffering.

What are the eligibility requirements for mesothelioma claims?

Mesothelioma is the most serious disease asbestos exposure can result in. For this reason, people with this diagnosis are almost always eligible for compensation. Furthermore, they will often receive the largest compensation available for their diagnosis, as the people who are in charge of asbestos trust funds are aware that they need large sums of money to afford healthcare and treatment.

If you are a veteran, your sources of compensation will be the asbestos trust funds, the companies that exposed you to asbestos but have no asbestos trust fund, and the VA, which will assign you a disability rate and subsequently send you money in the form of monthly installments. However, if you are the family member of a veteran who passed away due to a disease caused by asbestos exposure, the VA will offer you other types of compensation, such as dependency and indemnity compensation.

The following are the eligibility requirements for people who came to struggle with mesothelioma:

  • you must have a diagnosis of mesothelioma
  • you must have been exposed to asbestos on the job, in the military, or secondarily
  • you must file your claim within the statute of limitations

It is essential to know that mesothelioma claims have a statute of limitations which, in the majority of states, is 3-5 years from the moment of diagnosis. Nevertheless, depending on where you live, the statute of limitations may be shorter, which is why it is crucial to seek legal assistance as soon as you receive your diagnosis. If you fail to file your asbestos claim within the statute of limitations, you will lose your right to recover financial compensation.

The first step you must follow if you intend to obtain compensation for your mesothelioma diagnosis is to contact our team of experts, who will carefully evaluate your situation to determine whether you qualify for filing a claim. You should know that, if you suffer from mesothelioma, your asbestos claim will be expedited so that you can benefit from the compensation you need within the shortest time possible. A family member can help you navigate the legal process, as we are aware that people with this diagnosis are usually in a lot of physical and emotional pain.

Mesothelioma settlements and litigation

In one of the largest jury verdicts in a single mesothelioma cancer case, a Los Angeles jury awarded more than $208 million in damages to a 71-year-old California woman who was diagnosed with mesothelioma after being exposed to asbestos dust that her husband brought home on his uniform every day in the early 1970s while working for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.

File your mesothelioma claim with our help

To make the process of filing a mesothelioma claim as easy as possible for you, our team of professionals will thoroughly assess your situation and circumstances of asbestos exposure to eventually let you know whether you qualify for compensation. The only documents we will need from you are your employment or military records, as well as your medical records, since the rest will be efficiently handled by our experts.

If we find out that you are eligible for compensation, we will promptly guide you to a lawyer whose main area of practice is toxic exposure so that you can benefit from the money you deserve for your suffering. They will help you obtain financial compensation within the shortest time possible, which will grant you access to superior healthcare and treatment.

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