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Key Takeaways
  • If your loved one has passed away from mesothelioma, you may be eligible to pursue compensation through a wrongful death lawsuit, a trust fund claim, state workers compensation claims, or VA benefits.
  • Spouses, children, and other close family members may be eligible to file a wrongful death lawsuit or asbestos trust fund claim.
  • Each state has a statute of limitations for filing a mesothelioma wrongful death lawsuit, usually ranging from one to three years after the date of death.

Can You File an Asbestos Claim After the Death of a Loved One?

The financial and emotional burden of an asbestos-related illness can be overwhelming for both the patient and their family. Unfortunately, many asbestos-related diseases, such as mesothelioma, have a low survival rate and often result in the patient’s death. If you have lost a loved one to an asbestos-related illness, you may have the right to file an asbestos claim and seek compensation for your losses. 

Although no amount of money can bring back your loved one, pursuing a mesothelioma lawsuit after death can help alleviate some of the financial strain associated with your loss. A claim can help with funeral and burial costs, medical expenses, lost income, and more. It can also provide a sense of closure and justice for your loved one’s suffering.

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Types of Asbestos Death Claims

There are a few different ways to seek compensation for a loved one’s death from an asbestos-related illness. These include the following:

We understand that this is an emotionally challenging time for your family, and our compassionate team is here to support you every step of the way. We invite you to reach out for a free consultation if you believe you may be eligible to file a claim for your loved one’s asbestos-related death. Our asbestos attorneys will listen to your story and guide you on the best course of action.

Who Can File a Mesothelioma Lawsuit After a Love One's Death?

There is no standard answer to this question. Eligibility for filing suit and recovering compensation depends on various factors, such as the state where the lawsuit is filed and whether certain family members are alive.  

Generally, the personal representative of the deceased’s estate can file a mesothelioma wrongful death lawsuit for the benefit of close family members.  Family members eligible to recover compensation may include the following:

In some cases, more extended family members may be eligible to recover compensation through an asbestos claim after a loved one’s death. If you are unsure about your eligibility, our attorneys can review your case and help you understand your options.

How To Pursue Mesothelioma Compensation After the Death of a Loved One

Each case is different, but most mesothelioma lawsuits follow a similar path. Here are the general steps to take when pursuing compensation through a wrongful death lawsuit:

  1. Consult with an attorney: An attorney experienced in mesothelioma litigation can help you determine if you have a viable case. If so, they’ll explain your legal options and help you make an informed decision about how to move forward.
  2. Investigate and gather evidence: Your attorney will investigate, determine the source of your loved one’s asbestos exposure, identify who is responsible, and collect the necessary evidence to support your claim, such as medical records, death records, and exposure history.
  3. File a lawsuit: Once your attorney has gathered all the necessary evidence, they will file a wrongful death suit on your behalf.
  4. Discovery: During this phase, both sides will exchange information and evidence relevant to the case. Discovery allows each party to build their argument and strengthen their case.
  5. Settlement negotiations: The liable party may try to settle the case before it goes to trial. Your attorney will negotiate with the opposition to seek a fair settlement for the compensation you deserve.
  6. Trial: If settlement negotiations are unsuccessful, your case may proceed to trial. Your attorney will present your case in court, and a judge or jury will decide the outcome.

How Are Mesothelioma Wrongful Death Settlements Calculated?

Understanding how mesothelioma settlements are calculated can provide you with a realistic expectation of what you may be eligible to receive. Several factors influence the final settlement amount, including the following:

There is no set formula for calculating a mesothelioma settlement after death. Each case is unique, and the amount awarded will vary based on the individual circumstances. Our attorneys can work with you to determine a fair compensation amount to seek in your case.

Statute of Limitations for Mesothelioma Claims After Death

Each state has a deadline, known as the statute of limitations, for filing a mesothelioma wrongful death claim. This deadline typically begins on the date of the loved one’s death and varies from state to state. 

In Washington and Oregon, the statute of limitations for a wrongful death claim is three years from the date of death. Other states have similar deadlines, with most wrongful death statutes of limitations ranging from one to three years.

Let Us Help You File an After Death Mesothelioma Claim

At Bergman Oslund Udo Little, we have been fighting for mesothelioma victims and their families for nearly 30 years. Asbestos and mesothelioma law is all we do. This singular focus has allowed us to recover over $1 billion in settlements and verdicts for our clients. 

If you have lost a loved one to mesothelioma, let us put our experience and resources to work for you. Contact us today for a free consultation.

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Portland, OR 97204
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$13 Million
VERDICT FOR A VICTIM OF MEDICAL MALPRACTICE
$11.2 Million
TO A MAN DIAGNOSED WITH MESOTHELIOMA AT AGE 75
$10 Million
VERDICT FOR A 79-YEAR OLD MESOTHELIOMA VICTIM AND HIS WIFE
$8.3 Million
TO A MAN DIAGNOSED WITH MESOTHELIOMA AT THE AGE OF 79
$6.8 Million
TO A WOMAN DIAGNOSED WITH MESOTHELIOMA AT AGE 37
$6.3 Million
TO A MAN DIAGNOSED WITH MESOTHELIOMA AT AGE 61
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Seattle, WA 98101

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Portland, OR 97204

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