Common Legal Questions

Common Legal Questions About Mesothelioma Lawsuits

How expensive is this going to be?
There is no cost to you or your family. The Lanier Law Firm handles all mesothelioma cases on a contingency basis. That means we only receive payment if your case is settled or if you win at trial. This is why it is imperative that you hire a national law firm that has the resources and the reputation to maximize your settlement. We also promise that you will pay no out-of-pocket expenses.

Do I have to testify at the trial?
Many cases are settled outside of the courtroom, which means you would not have to testify. However, we handle every case as if it will go to trial. We have the experience and knowledge to make this process as relaxed and simple as possible.

How much will I win from my mesothelioma case?
Like any court case, the amount and the results cannot be determined beforehand. It is extremely unethical for any attorney to predict how much money a client might receive. If you speak to a lawyer who gives you a monetary promise, run away! There are many variables that determine the amount of a mesothelioma settlement.

A $30 billion trust has been established to help compensate victims of mesothelioma. Not all victims qualify, but mesothelioma settlements can be substantial.

How long do mesothelioma cases take?
The exact time frame of any case is impossible to determine. However, if you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, then it is important that you file quickly. Most courts expedite mesothelioma cases because they understand the strain and burden a mesothelioma diagnosis places upon you or a loved one.

Who pays for a mesothelioma lawsuit?
Every mesothelioma victim and their family should receive the financial help they need and deserve, without any upfront costs. You should expect your lawyer to work on a “contingency basis,” meaning you won’t pay anything until the case is resolved, either by a settlement or a jury verdict. Then, the legal team will be paid a percentage of the total amount awarded to the client, whether through settlements or court verdicts. You’ll know and agree to that percentage before your case is filed.

How much could I receive from a mesothelioma claim?
It’s not easy to estimate how much financial compensation a person could receive from filing a mesothelioma claim. Some victims have received multi-million dollar settlements and verdicts, but the amount really depends on the overall strength of your case. That usually means taking into account your medical history, where the claim is filed, the companies being sued, and many other factors. Your claim can include money to cover lost wages, the ongoing costs of medical expenses, and the other daily expenses that a person with an asbestos-related illness may face. If you do reach a financial settlement, that amount is usually considered private and must be kept confidential by everyone involved.

Can family members file a claim after the death of a mesothelioma victim?
Yes, close family members or a financial dependent of someone who died from an asbestos-related illness may be able to file a wrongful death claim, depending on certain criteria. Since state laws can vary, where the case might be filed is an important consideration, as well as how much time has passed since the victim’s death. An experienced mesothelioma attorney can walk you through the process and options of filing a mesothelioma claim after the death of a loved one.

How do I file a mesothelioma claim?
Regardless of when you were exposed to asbestos, you are entitled to file a legal claim against those responsible. Although asbestos was found to be toxic in the 1930s, many companies continued to use the substance and are liable for any asbestos-related cancer, including mesothelioma, that you got as a result of being exposed. It’s important to know that there is a time limit from when your illness was discovered and the time you must file a claim. You may be able to file for damages as a result of pain or suffering, lost wages, medical expenses and other losses based on your specific medical condition or circumstances. Your lawyer will help you determine your best options, including the type of claim and likely sources for compensation.

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