How are Mesothelioma Lawsuits Paid Out?
By Ken Wilson
Some of the most frequent questions we get about mesothelioma lawsuits concern how they are ultimately paid out to clients and how long it will all take. To address those questions, let me give you a little bit of context about how mesothelioma lawsuits work.
When a person is diagnosed with mesothelioma, asbestos lawyers like myself work with that client and other witnesses such as family members and co-workers to determine all of the places he/she has come into contact with asbestos. In addition to identifying the exposure locations, we also work using a variety of sources to identify all of the asbestos products used at those locations. From there, we can start to build a product liability case against all of the manufacturers of those products. The best mesothelioma lawyers can walk you through this process to make it as easy as possible.
Most mesothelioma lawsuits involve a number of defendants that share culpability for causing the client’s mesothelioma. If the litigation is successful, the client will typically receive periodic settlement checks as various defendants settle. This includes both businesses in operation today and those that set aside money in bankruptcy trusts. This entire process can take several years from beginning to end, with most clients and their families beginning to receive money shortly after the case is commenced.
Of course, it is important to note that every case is different and a good asbestos attorney will not rush through building the product liability case against the asbestos manufacturers. A well developed, researched, and prepared case will increase the likelihood of a successful outcome. Additionally, if a case goes to trial, the time frame for case resolution may be extended
Over the past 33 years, I have dedicated my career to helping asbestos victims with mesothelioma lawsuits throughout the United States. To me and to the others in our firm, our clients are not a number; they are people who reach out to us for help at one of the most consequential and difficult times of their lives. My advice to people diagnosed with mesothelioma is to find the best medical and legal care that you can. Ask lots of questions and, if you feel uneasy, seek a second opinion. This will help you to enjoy time spent with family and friends.
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