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How Can Financial Compensation Help the Dependents of Asbestos Victims?

By Michael Bartlett

Posted on February 27th, 2018

The dependents of asbestos victims can recover compensation on their behalf by filing a wrongful death claim with one or multiple asbestos trust funds. The help of a lawyer with vast experience in asbestos cases is also crucial when it comes to wrongful death claims.

Throughout the last century, over 11 million people were exposed to asbestos in the workplace across the United States, as company executives were greedily preoccupied with their own financial gain, completely disregarding the wellbeing of their employees. Consequently, they had been refusing to cease the use of this highly carcinogenic mineral until they no longer had a choice, despite being aware of the dire health problems exposure could result in. As it should have been expected, a significant number of those individuals have later come to suffer from harrowing diseases such as asbestosis or lung cancer, which often ended up claiming their lives. Since it may take up to 50 years from the first asbestos exposure for a disease to ensue, thousands of new cases, as well as more than 12,000 victims, are still emerging every year in the U.S.

Asbestos Trust Funds: The Primary Source of Compensation for Asbestos Victims

Over recent decades, asbestos trust funds have become the primary source of compensation to victims of occupational exposure, as the majority of liable companies were forced to establish one upon entering bankruptcy protection. Thus, benefiting from the money you are entitled to as a victim of workplace asbestos exposure is considerably easier than it was before the advent of trust funds when filing a lawsuit was the only viable option. With the assistance of a lawyer who specializes in asbestos cases, a person whose health was affected by this hazardous agent is bound to recover the maximum compensation they are eligible for within one month to one year.

Who Can File an Asbestos Compensation Claim?

If you lost a family member to a disease caused by occupational asbestos exposure, we strongly encourage you to seek compensation at your earliest convenience, as similarly to regular asbestos claims wrongful death cases have a statute of limitations, which ranges between one and three years, depending on the state. The following people have the right to file a wrongful death claim on behalf of a victim of workplace asbestos exposure:

  • spouses or life partners
  • biological children, as well as adopted and step-children
  • parents
  • siblings
  • grandchildren
  • financial dependents

For instance, a son who lost his father to lung cancer which resulted from occupational asbestos exposure has the legal right to file a wrongful death claim with the asbestos trust fund set up by the former employer of his father. With the assistance of a lawyer specialized in asbestos-related lawsuits, the process will be relatively easy for the dependent. Along with their resourceful legal team, asbestos lawyers will carefully attend to the complex aspects of the claim preparation, including the acquisition of the evidence required to join the asbestos trust funds. Since there are multiple options when it comes to claiming submission, only a lawyer with vast experience in asbestos litigation will have the required knowledge to choose the one which will grant the son with the maximum financial compensation he is eligible for.

Similarly, a wife who lost her husband to asbestosis as a consequence of asbestos exposure, should contact a lawyer as soon as her spouse passes away to receive the compensation she deserves for the wrongful death. Once again, only a lawyer with relevant experience in this area of practice will be able to help her navigate the process and take over her case, which will eventually grant her the money she is entitled to as a dependant. If her husband had been employed at more than one company responsible for asbestos exposure, she can file a claim with each of their asbestos trust funds to receive a larger amount of money. This is perfectly legal and applies to all wrongful death cases involving asbestos exposure.

As a Lung Cancer Family Member You Can Ask for Help!

There are numerous reasons why people injured by asbestos exposure may be reluctant to claim the money they deserve, such as fear of a tiring, endless legal process or very poor health. Regrettably, many asbestos victims never take legal action during their lifetime, which could have granted them access to higher-quality treatment and healthcare. It is worthy of note that, in such cases, the dependents of asbestos victims can recover compensation on their behalf by filing a wrongful death claim with one or multiple asbestos trust funds. The help of a lawyer with vast experience in asbestos cases is also crucial when it comes to wrongful death claims, as they have the necessary resources and skills to obtain the largest amount of money you qualify for.

Why Choose Environmental Litigation Group?

While money will never be able to replace a dear one, the financial compensation you will recover following the submission of a wrongful death claim can help you tremendously. For most of our clients, the compensation from which they eventually benefit serves as a means of supporting the grandchildren of the deceased asbestos victim and paying for their higher education. Nevertheless, you can use the money our attorneys will recover for anything you need. If you intend to take legal action on behalf of a departed family member who was suffering from a disease like pulmonary fibrosis or mesothelioma, the only documents you need to provide are their employment and medical records, as well as their social security records from the Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

Our attorneys and their legal team will promptly take over your case after the first consultation. With nearly 30 years of professional experience, they will gladly dedicate their endeavors to achieving the optimal results for you. Regardless of the relation you have with the asbestos victim in your family, feel free to contact Environmental Litigation Group, P.C. and we will eagerly answer any questions you might have concerning the process of recovering compensation.