Receiving a mesothelioma diagnosis is shocking, and naturally raises a lot of questions. How did this happen? How will you pay for the treatments? What can you do about your family’s future? Thankfully, there are lawyers like Bergman Draper Oslund who specialize in answering these very questions.
When Should You Contact a Lawyer about Compensation for a Mesothelioma Diagnosis?
The best thing you can do for yourself and your family is contact a lawyer who specializes in obtaining compensation for mesothelioma victims immediately after the diagnosis. The law regarding this type of litigation is constantly evolving and requires an in-depth knowledge of the recent rulings on similar cases around the country. In some states there is a very strict statute of limitations that starts as soon as a diagnosis is made – sometimes as little as one year. The sooner you contact a lawyer, the sooner we can get paperwork in motion to prevent the statute of limitations from voiding your claim.
What Compensation is Available to Mesothelioma Victims?
Mesothelioma victim compensation usually covers money for medical expenses – both current and future, lost wages, pain and suffering, and, if the case warrants it, death benefits to the surviving members of the family. In certain cases, if you worked for the federal government or a company that contracted for the federal government, you may be entitled to veteran benefits or social security disability compensation.
Each mesothelioma lawsuit is different and there are several factors that go into a monetary award judgment. Judgments in individual cases generally range significantly based on your individual case. Most asbestos manufacturing companies are very willing to settle before a case gets to court.
There are three distinct phases in every mesothelioma victim compensation case. In the first phase, called the evaluation phase, you first contact a lawyer and discuss the specifics of your case. This will include giving information about your specific illness, your work history, your home history and anything else that may be pertinent to your diagnosis.
Then your lawyer will gather medical and social security records. After discussing the potential lawsuit with you and doing preliminary research, your lawyer will decide if you have enough evidence to proceed with a case.
In the second phase, the discovery phase, a complaint if filed and secondary investigation begins. The complaint will specify who is being sued and give the basic facts of the case as well as the request for compensation for you and your family due to the injuries sustained. During this phase there will be intensive questioning sessions and other fact finding missions by both your lawyer and the lawyers for the defendants.
This phase is extremely active and, due to the multiple entities that you will probably be suing, you’ll have to give the same information to all of their individual lawyers. Putting the case in the hands of an experienced law firm like Bergman Draper Oslund will ease the burden of the litigation process and handle all of the complicated issues so you can focus on your health.
The third phase, and usually the final one, is the settlement or trial phase. Most mesothelioma cases never go to trial and are settled out of court. If a settlement offer is made, we will pass it on to you. We will also advise you about whether or not the offer should be considered or a counter offer should be made. If no offer is made, or the offer is too low, the case will go to a juried trial.
Bergman Draper Oslund law firm specializes in mesothelioma cases and has spent decades advocating for asbestos victims. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with Mesothelioma, contact us as soon as possible, so we can get started on your case. We are here to fight for you and get you compensation for medical costs, loss of income, and pain and suffering.
Call us at 206-957-9510 or toll free at 888-647-6007 for a no-cost, no-obligation consultation. and we will get back to you as soon as possible.