Types of compensation

Types of compensation video

If you or a loved one is suffering from a health condition as a result of exposure to toxic substances or/and the use of defective products, you are eligible to receive compensation for your medical expenses, disability, lost wages, and pain and suffering from the liable party. By working with a legal team that specializes in toxic exposure cases, you will eventually recover the maximum compensation you are entitled to, as they will be able to guide you towards all the sources of compensation you can recover money from. With over 25 years of legal experience in handling toxic exposure claims all over the country, Environmental Litigation Group, P.C. can help you recover the money you deserve for your injury through a compensation claim, and also through a VA claim, depending on aspects such as the type of injury you have suffered and which benefits are available to you.

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Certain industries are more likely to come in contact with a variety of chemicals or products which can result in toxic exposure for their employees. Long-term exposure to these chemicals can lead to serious medical conditions. Generally, these conditions have a long latency period, which means the disease usually does not develop until years after the exposure that caused it, and quite often from substances that employees either did not know were harmful or didn’t know were even present in the workplace. Unfortunately, the health effects of chemical exposure are often irreversible, and immediate treatment of them is imperative, and that is one reason why victims of toxic exposure should file claims for compensation.

Asbestos trust funds claims

The first asbestos trust fund was set up in 1987 by Johns Manville, a company that heavily exposed their workers to asbestos during the last century. Asbestos trust funds provide former workers with financial compensation after the person files a claim with the help of a specialized attorney. Since 1990, asbestos trust funds have paid out approximately $20 billion, with $15 billion going to asbestos exposure victims only between 2006 and 2012. The claim must be accompanied by solid evidence of asbestos exposure and of related diagnosis, which your attorney and their legal team will help you gather. You can apply for compensation with more than one asbestos trust fund if you were exposed to asbestos by multiple companies.

To obtain money from asbestos trust funds, you do not need to file a lawsuit. Asbestos trust funds were established by companies that filed for bankruptcy and are no longer active, so if your employer is still in business, you will need to file a lawsuit against the company. However, these cases are rare, as there are 65 active asbestos trust funds at the moment throughout the country. The average payout of a trust fund is $41,000, but the amount of compensation usually ranges between $23,000 and $101,000. Nonetheless, the sum of money you will receive from every asbestos trust fund your claim will be filed with highly depends on the severity of your diagnosis. For instance, people who struggle with mesothelioma, the most serious disease asbestos exposure can cause, will receive the maximum compensation available. Other factors that will determine the sum of money you are eligible for include:

  • the duration of your asbestos exposure
  • the extent of your asbestos exposure
  • the amount the asbestos trust fund has
  • cost of medical expenses
  • the age of the asbestos victim
  • lost wages and earnings
  • impact on the family
  • pain and suffering
  • family situation

It is worthy of note that if you struggle with mesothelioma or another terminal disease, your asbestos claim will be expedited so that you can receive the compensation you deserve within a shorter period of time. If you are too ill to participate in the legal process, a family member can help you navigate it. The waiting time from the moment your attorney submits your claim to one or more asbestos trust funds and the moment you receive your compensation ranges between 3 months to 1 year, depending on how fast you send your attorney the necessary documents, the severity of your diagnosis, as people with terminal illnesses have priority, as well as on how many claims the asbestos trust funds have to process at the time.

Veterans also have priority, as they often struggle with serious diseases as a result of military asbestos exposure and the majority of them are also elderly. By filing your claim with multiple asbestos trust funds, you will receive the maximum compensation available for your diagnosis. It is crucial to work with a specialized attorney if you intend to seek compensation for the disease you came to struggle with as a result of occupational asbestos exposure, as the process is very complex and tedious. While you can file a claim on your own, it will most likely not result in the compensation you are looking for. Our law firm filed and submitted over 20,000 asbestos claims in 2019. It is important to know that your case will always be confidential.

There are 3 types of asbestos claim review, as follows:

  • expedited review: with an expedited review, your asbestos claim will be processed faster and you will thereby receive the compensation you are eligible for within a shorter period of time
  • individual review: if you are seeking a larger amount of compensation, your attorney will submit your asbestos claim with individual review
  • extraordinary review: people who struggle with terminal diseases, such as mesothelioma, can have their asbestos claim filed using extraordinary review, which will result in compensation within the shortest time possible

Disability claims with the VA

People who served in the U.S. military between 1920 and 1970, when asbestos was highly prevalent and developed a disease as a consequence of exposure can file a claim with the VA for disability compensation. Once again, the assistance of a lawyer whose main area of practice is toxic exposure is crucial, as the process of filing a claim with the VA is also very complex and requires solid evidence, which their legal team will gather for you.

The VA assigns a disability rating that ranges between 10% and 100% to veterans injured by asbestos exposure, depending on how severe their diagnosis is. In addition to disability compensation, you may be eligible for other benefits from the VA if you were injured by asbestos exposure, such as special monthly compensation, dependency and indemnity compensation, as well as free or low-cost healthcare.

Social security disability benefits

Were you diagnosed with mesothelioma which occurred following asbestos exposure before your retirement age? In this case, you may be eligible for social security disability benefits, as the Social Security Administration recognizes mesothelioma as a debilitating disease.

To obtain this type of compensation, you will need to work closely with your physician and attorney, since solid evidence of your illness, such as pathology reports and operative notes, should be gathered before applying for social security disability benefits. If you provide all the necessary documents to support your disease, your application will certainly be approved.

Worker’s compensation benefits

Oftentimes, asbestos victims need to leave their job due to the tremendous suffering caused by their disease. If this is your case, you can receive worker's compensation benefits. A knowledgeable attorney will be able to help you file a claim and obtain the money you deserve. Since both asbestosis and mesothelioma are considered occupational diseases, there should be no problem in applying for this type of compensation. The benefits include temporary or permanent disability income, help in finding another job, and the coverage of medical costs.

Lawsuits if the company is still in business

In the rare case that the company responsible for your asbestos exposure is still in business, our attorneys will file a lawsuit against it. However, this will rarely be necessary, as the majority of renowned asbestos companies have asbestos trust funds nowadays, which speeds up the process of recovering compensation significantly.

If your attorney files a claim with one or multiple asbestos trust funds, you will not have to go to court, as a lawsuit will no longer be necessary. Your involvement in the legal process will thereby be minimal, as you will only have to thoroughly explain your situation to your attorney and provide them with the documents they need, namely your employment or military records and your medical records, which will stand as evidence to support your claim.

Legal assistance in wrongful death asbestos exposure cases

It is also important to know that a family member can receive compensation for a loved one who passed away due to a disease caused by asbestos exposure by filing a wrongful death claim. Oftentimes, victims of asbestos exposure refuse to pursue a claim for compensation during their lifetime, usually out of fear or a long and complicated process. Nonetheless, the legal process will require minimal involvement on your part, as you will only have to explain your situation to your attorney and provide our legal team with the necessary documents.

Moreover, if you are a victim of secondary asbestos exposure, meaning that you came in contact with the carcinogenic mineral indirectly, by living under the same roof as a family member who worked with asbestos, you can obtain financial compensation as well, regardless of the severity of your disease. As for people who lose their lives during the pursuit of a claim, a family member can step in and continue the legal process on their behalf in order to obtain the money they would have deserved.

If you were stationed at a military base, camp, post, station, yard, or center either alone or with your family members, chances are you were exposed to a variety of chemicals from a combination of military-affiliated operations and industrial sources, such as:

  • per-and polyfluorinated substances
  • acetone
  • benzene
  • 2-butanone
  • carbon tetrachloride
  • trichloroethylene (TCE)
  • perchloroethylene (PCE)
  • chlordane
  • 1,1- dichloromethane
  • 1,2- dichloromethane
  • methylene chloride
  • polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB)
  • tetrachloroethylene
  • toluene
  • trichloroethylene
  • vinyl chloride
  • halogenated hydrocarbons
  • trihalomethanes
  • xylene

Consequently, if you were stationed on a targeted military base for 1 year or longer and subsequently developed one of the following diseases, please contact Environmental Litigation Group, P.C. today, as you are entitled to financial compensation through a compensation claim and also additionally through a VA claim:

Aqueous film forming foam, commonly known as AFFF, is a type of fire-suppressant foam used to extinguish flammable liquid fires such as fuel fires during non-critical missions and in training exercises at military bases, airports, and by firefighters across the country. Although AFFF is very effective in extinguishing Class B fires and saving human lives, it has recently been linked to various forms of cancer.

If you were exposed to AFFF as a civilian or military firefighter and came to struggle with one of the following diseases, you are eligible for compensation from the VA:

We will also file your claim with the company which manufactured, and distributed AFFF containing PFAS so that you will receive the maximum amount of compensation available for your disease.

A sizeable number of studies have linked paraquat use occupationally with an increased risk of Parkinson's disease, a brain disorder that can cause debilitating symptoms that disrupt both physical and cognitive abilities. Paraquat endangers not only agricultural workers but also people living nearby farming communities. If one of your family members worked with paraquat or was around it and came to struggle with this debilitating condition, you could be owed significant compensation from the pesticide’s manufacturer.

There are certain categories of people who are at the highest risk of developing Parkinson’s disease as a consequence of prolonged exposure to paraquat, and who are eligible for filing a claim to recover financial compensation:

If you were exposed to paraquat and subsequently developed Parkinson’s disease, we strongly encourage you to contact our team of professionals, because the legal process is very complex and challenging, and you'll need the help of a lawyer who specializes in this area of practice, namely product liability.

Environmental Litigation Group, P.C. is reviewing claims on behalf of clients who developed one of the following conditions after using talc powder or other talc products:

  • Lung cancer
  • Ovarian cancer
  • Mesothelioma

Therefore, if you have been affected by one of these diseases following the regular use of a talcum powder product, Environmental Litigation Group, P.C. may be able to hold the manufacturers responsible for their alleged deception and negligence. Our goal is to make sure you are fully compensated for all of your past medical expenses and that you will be receiving the very best care available.

We are committed to providing our clients who have been harmed by talcum powder products with the support and quality legal representation they need in order to obtain financial compensation. With that commitment in mind, we are ready to provide answers to all the questions raised by our clients. To learn more about your options, contact us today for a free review of your case.

If you have developed a medical condition as a result of exposure to PBCs in a factory or industrial workplace, you may be entitled to compensation. In this scenario, our experienced attorney will promptly review your case and subsequently help you recover the financial compensation you deserve from the liable companies. Because of the limitation period for making a claim, our team of experts advises claimants to get in touch as soon as possible after they received their diagnosis to discuss filing a compensation claim.

Our lawyers have been actively engaged in Superfund matters since the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) was adopted in 1980, and have represented clients throughout the country.

When various sites become contaminated with hazardous substances and require cleanup under the regulations of CERCLA, also known as Superfund, our aim is to recover the costs of cleanup procedures and thus minimize the financial obligation in the case of hazardous substances contamination.

Environmental Litigation Group, P.C. offers quality legal representation for people whose health was dramatically affected by these highly toxic chemical compounds, either due to environmental exposure or following the consumption of dioxins-containing products.

The process of filing a claim against a company or manufacturer, which may be responsible for your dioxins exposure is complicated and the paperwork and waiting time involved can be confusing, long, and frustrating. We have successfully recovered hundreds of millions of dollars on our clients’ behalf in order to cover their medical expenses, loss of income, as well as pain and suffering, and we are ready to help you as well.

Exposure to coke oven emissions can lead to long-term health issues, thus, if you work in heavy industries such as the aluminum, steel and, graphite industry, you are at a substantially increased risk for developing lung cancer due to exposure to multiple health hazards, including inhalation of coke oven emissions.

If you were diagnosed with lung cancer or other associated condition and believe prolonged exposure to coke oven emissions is the culprit, please contact us to discuss a potential legal claim against manufacturers.

Consequently, if you have been extensively exposed to heavy metals and developed severe conditions, we can help you file a claim against the responsible party in order to receive the compensation you deserve. The compensation may cover costs like medical expenses, hospital and treatment bills, and other losses such as lost wages.

Heavy metals exposure can occur in many ways, but as our team of experts at Environmental Litigation Group, P.C. knows, is often the result of a negligent manufacturer. In these circumstances, affected individuals may be entitled to financial compensation to help them deal with the challenges they are likely facing. As many of them struggle to cope not only with the physical and emotional repercussions of chemical exposure but also the financial ones, this compensation is often critical. Contact our team of professionals about your specific situation.

Call Environmental Litigation Group, P.C. today to see if you qualify for compensation

Our team of experts will be able to obtain the money you deserve within the shortest time possible after you provide them with the documents and information they need, which include the following:

  • your medical records stating your diagnosis
  • your employment or military records
  • the specific defective/toxic products you were exposed to
  • the activities you needed to perform involving toxic exposure
  • the company you worked for
  • the period of time you were exposed to toxic chemicals

Our lawyers have legal experience of over 25 years in handling toxic exposure claims caused by exposure to toxic substances and the use of defective products. The first step of filing a claim against a company or manufacturer, which may be responsible for your toxic exposure, is to contact us.

After you contact us, we will try to gather all the relevant details regarding your case, such as the parties concerned, the pollutant involved in the contamination, the extent of the affected site, the cleanup activities required in order to remove it, as well as their costs. We will also do additional research and fill in any missing information, which might be vital to the success of your case. Our attorneys will prepare all the necessary documents and will guide you through the entire legal process. Shortly after submission, the resolution follows, which will entail not only medical care but the amount of financial compensation to which you are entitled.

Give us a call, if your life has been severely impacted by exposure to toxic substances or/and the use of defective products

In the United States, more than 800,000 illnesses and 60,000 deaths annually are attributable to harmful exposure to hazardous chemicals in the workplace. You should keep in mind that toxic exposure cases are complex and challenging, requiring a tremendous amount of work to complete, so the faster you submit your documents, the more chances to receive the compensation you deserve you have. Otherwise, you are very likely to lose your right to the financial compensation you need. Our standard fee is a 40% contingency fee, which is only collected after we are able to recover compensation for you through settlements or claims. Otherwise, you will not have to pay anything out of pocket.