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What Are My Legal Rights if I've Been Diagnosed with an Asbestos-Related Disease?

If you were injured by asbestos exposure, you have the legal right to claim financial compensation from the responsible party. The families of asbestos victims can also file a wrongful death lawsuit, while veterans can receive compensation as well.

answered by Wendy Garmon

You have the legal right to request financial compensation from whoever is responsible for your injury

Throughout the last century, asbestos has been extensively employed by an astounding number of companies all across the U.S. Although the dangers of exposure had been known ever since the 1930s, executives did all in their power to conceal the terrible health effects of these minerals from both their workers and the general public. By the end of the 1970s, millions of employees had been exposed to high levels of asbestos, many of whom were subsequently diagnosed with serious diseases like mesothelioma or lung cancer. Asbestos-related diseases have a long latency period of several decades and as a consequence, the majority of people have found out about their illness within the last 30 years.

Occupational exposure is responsible for most cases of asbestos-related diseases. If you have neglectfully or intentionally been exposed to this carcinogen in the workplace, you have the legal right to claim financial compensation from the company responsible for your injury. There are two ways you can obtain compensation:

  • by filing a claim with an asbestos trust fund
  • by filing a lawsuit against the company

The first option is the most effective when it comes to asbestos cases. Asbestos trust funds have been established by companies who are now under bankruptcy protection to ensure current and future claimants will receive the compensation they are entitled to. We can assist you throughout the entire process, provide you with quality legal representation and even file with multiple asbestos trusts to recover the maximum amount available. It is essential to choose a lawyer specialized in this area of practice, as asbestos cases are incredibly challenging and complex. Moreover, the waiting period is significantly shorter and you can thus receive proper compensation within several months.

The families of asbestos victims who passed away are eligible for compensation as well. Filing a wrongful death lawsuit will often result in substantial compensation. Because citizens who served in the U.S. Military between 1935 and 1970 have also been exposed to tremendous levels of asbestos, which results in the death of 10,000 people ever year, veterans injured by asbestos exposure also have a series of benefits, including disability compensation, dependency and indemnity compensation and health care. If you are a U.S. veteran injured by asbestos exposure, our attorneys can promptly help you apply for the benefits you are entitled to.

While your health should be your number one priority, legal matters are also important

Asbestos-related diseases are undoubtedly devastating. Nearly 3,000 people are annually diagnosed with mesothelioma in the U.S., while approximately 4,800 Americans lose their lives to lung cancer caused by occupational asbestos exposure every year. Receiving a cancer diagnosis has a profound impact on both the patient and their family, as this disease is often thought of as a death sentence. However, by choosing a highly experienced medical specialist, you will benefit from effective treatment which can improve your condition to a great extent, as well as extend your life expectancy. As far as the legal aspect is concerned, there are some essential matters it is highly recommended to take care of in order to receive the compensation you deserve and secure the future of your family.

Our law firm has been helping thousands of clients obtain compensation for their injuries throughout the past 20 years. So far, we have recovered $1.4 billion for asbestos victims and we are bound to dedicate our endeavors to achieving the best outcome for you as well.

If you or a loved one has been affected by asbestos exposure, Environmental Litigation Group, P.C. can offer you quality legal representation and promptly help you receive the compensation you deserve. Feel free to contact us at 205.328.9200 and we will answer all your questions, whether you have decided to take legal action or not.

We also Represent U.S. Veterans Exposed to Asbestos while Serving their Country

*The information presented should not be construed to be formal legal advice nor the formation of a lawyer/client relationship.

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