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What Mesothelioma Compensation Are You And Your Family Entitled To?

Mesothelioma is a rare and aggressive form of cancer. There is no cure for mesothelioma. Generally understood to be linked to exposure to asbestos, mesothelioma victims and their families face the prospect of immense pain and suffering. They are also often left with tremendous expenses related to the illness. At The Williams Law Firm, P.C., we have spent decades helping mesothelioma victims and their families secure the compensation they are entitled to. There are various types of compensation available in these cases. Depending on the facts of your particular case, your New York mesothelioma lawyer will work to secure your rightful compensation through one or more of the following routes.

Mesothelioma Compensation Routes

There are five basic methods to secure mesothelioma compensation that your attorney will explore based on the facts of your particular case. These includes:
Personal injury lawsuit. A personal injury lawsuit may be filed against those responsible for the asbestos exposure. This could lead to a settlement out of court. It may be necessary to take the case to trial (many jurisdictions allow for expedited trial dates for mesothelioma cases).

Bankruptcy trust (mesothelioma trust). Some companies set aside bankruptcy trust funds before going bankrupt to allow for future mesothelioma victims to get compensation.

Wrongful death lawsuit. Family members of those killed due to mesothelioma can file a wrongful death claim against those responsible for the mesothelioma exposure (can work through a civil lawsuit as well as a mesothelioma trust).

Veterans benefits. If the victim was exposed to mesothelioma while they served in the military, they could be entitled to veterans benefits.

Workers’ compensation claim. Some victims may be entitled to workers’ compensation, though the long latency period of this illness may push victims beyond the workers’ compensation timeframes.

What Type Of Compensation Is Available?

There are various types of compensation available through each of the routes listed above. This can include:

  • Medical expenses. This can include a victim’s past and current medical bills, as well as the expected future cost of medical care.
  • Lost wages. If the mesothelioma has led to a victim losing income because they can no longer work, they could be entitled to lost wages. This could include the expected loss of future wages as well.
  • Pain and suffering. These are considered non-economic damages and are not as easily calculable as medical expenses or lost wages. However, they include a range of damages that victims and their families experience due to a mesothelioma diagnosis. This include:
    • Long-term physical pain
    • Emotional distress
    • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Wrongful death. Family members who have lost a loved one to mesothelioma caused by asbestos exposure are usually able to recover a range of damages. This could include:
    • Funeral and burial expenses
    • Cost of pre-death medical care
    • Loss of future income and benefits of the deceased
    • Mental anguish damages
    • Loss of consortium or companionship damages

There is no way to predict exactly what each mesothelioma case will be worth. At The Williams Law Firm, P.C., we have successfully recovered millions of dollars for victims and their families. When you need a mesothelioma attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation of your case by clicking here or by calling (855) 575-6376.