Mesothelioma is a deadly form of cancer that is associated with prolonged asbestos exposure. Affecting the lungs, chest, and abdomen, this disease can emerge decades after exposure, and without warning. This long latency period makes insurance claims difficult to file unless you know who to look for. Our firm is experienced in helping those with mesothelioma get compensation for the medical coverage they need to treat and fight this serious disease.
Decades ago, asbestos was used in many buildings due to its heat-resistant and flame-retardant properties. But it also began to make many people sick; asbestos miners and construction workers were the primary victims, inhaling hazardous asbestos particles suspended in the air every day. These particles remain lodged in the lungs indefinitely and irritate the mesothelium until cancer develops. While these workers were the first to seek compensation for their injuries, they set a precedent for mesothelioma patients for years to come.
Because mesothelioma is directly correlated to asbestos exposure, these cases are generally very cut and dry as long as you can locate a suitable payment source. In an ideal case, this would be the insurance provider for the construction company that installed the asbestos. However, many of these companies have gone out of business due to these lawsuits. Your second-best bet is to go after an asbestos victim trust fund—money the government has set aside for mesothelioma treatment.
Depending on how much money there is in the trust, the extent of your illness, and how quickly you want the money, your award can vary. Typically, these cases are settled out of court quickly and can return upwards of a million dollars. Most claims will be worth more if you wait to bring them to court, but patients who are in the later stages of their illness may prefer a faster cash settlement if possible.
You’ve read this far now is the time to call to receive a free consultation with one of our experienced Chicago area mesothelioma attorneys. Our work has shown that the longer you wait to press your case, the greater leverage insurance adjusters and their attorneys have in denying your claims. We will work with you to collect evidence and develop a strategy for healing your physical and emotional pain.