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Recovering compensation for a grandparent injured by asbestos exposure

By Treven Pyles

Posted on July 23rd, 2019

We understand how difficult dealing with a terrible disease such as lung cancer or mesothelioma is on a daily basis, so we strongly encourage you to offer a helping hand if you have a similar case in your family. All you have to do is help the asbestos victim gather a series of documents, which will subsequently be sent to your attorney.

While exposure to asbestos was highly prevalent during the last century, the health effects have only recently begun emerging. Naturally, because the diseases asbestos exposure causes develop within 20 to 50 years, the vast majority of victims are seniors over the age of 60. Due to the fear of a long, complex, and tiring process, most asbestos victims refuse to seek financial compensation, which is really unfortunate, as the money could help them cover the costs of healthcare and treatment.

Necessary documentation for filing an asbestos claim

The good news is that family members can assist people in such situations to obtain the compensation they deserve. For example, a nephew could help his grandfather file a claim with one or more asbestos trust funds by contacting a lawyer who specializes in asbestos cases.

We understand how difficult dealing with a terrible disease such as lung cancer or mesothelioma is on a daily basis, so we strongly encourage you to offer a helping hand if you have a similar case in your family. All you have to do is help the asbestos victim gather the following documents, which will subsequently be sent to your attorney:

  • medical records stating the connection between their diagnosis and asbestos exposure from their treating hospital or physician
  • employment records describing the activities which resulted in asbestos exposure
  • military records, if applicable
  • social security records from the Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

After the asbestos claim is filed and your attorney has all the necessary documents, they and their team will start gathering additional information to support the case of your family member. Then, they will report to Medicare to obtain a clearance to release funds to the client. Following claim submission, you will have to wait between one and two years to receive financial compensation, depending on factors such as the complexity of the case, how large the asbestos trust fund you filed with is and the number of asbestos trust funds your lawyer sent the claim to.

Therefore, if you have a grandparent who suffers from a disease as a consequence of occupational or military asbestos exposure, please contact us immediately. We will gladly listen to your situation and act as promptly as possible to recover compensation for your family member. Our attorneys are specialized in asbestos exposure cases and have over 20 years of experience with pursuing such claims. As for the financial aspect, you do not need to worry - if we do not succeed in obtaining compensation for you, you will not have to pay us. Otherwise, the contingency fee we request is 40% of the sum of money you will end up with.

Victims of secondary exposure can also recover compensation

The majority of people who are now struggling with a cancerous or asbestos disease have been exposed to high levels of asbestos in the workplace. However, their families were not safe either, as most companies did not require employees to change their clothes after the work shift ended. Thus, significant amounts of toxic asbestos fibers would be carried home, where family members unknowingly inhaled them. Secondary exposure accounts for approximately 8% of all diagnosed asbestos-related cancer cases annually.

The victims of secondary asbestos exposure are also eligible for compensation. Although the legal process is more challenging, a lawyer specializing in asbestos cases will be able to help you greatly. Since their illness is not the consequence of direct contact with asbestos, individuals who were injured by secondary exposure need to provide additional evidence to support their claim.

In order to successfully pursue a secondary asbestos exposure case, the attorney will need:

  • the work records of the family member who was directly exposed to asbestos on the job
  • the medical records of the injured person, clearly stating their diagnosis, from the treating hospital or physician
  • social security records from the Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • military records, if applicable

The legal team will subsequently conduct extensive research to ensure sufficient proof is gathered for your lawsuit. Afterward, your lawyer will attempt to reach a settlement with the liable asbestos company. If this is not possible, your case will go to trial, which will prolong the legal process considerably. Nevertheless, only 10% of personal injury cases go to trial, so you will most likely receive compensation within one year.