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Key Takeaways
  • Mesothelioma compensation for victims and their families can come from several sources, including asbestos trust funds, personal injury or wrongful death lawsuits, and settlements, offering financial relief for various expenses.
  • Asbestos trust funds in the U.S. have over $30 billion available for compensation, established by bankrupt companies to pay claims for asbestos-related diseases, with the process being generally quicker and simpler than lawsuits.
  • Personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits for mesothelioma can result in significant compensation to help cover medical bills, lost wages, and emotional suffering.
  • Settlements allow mesothelioma patients and their families to receive timely financial support without the need for lengthy litigation, with specialized law firms often securing significant compensation through their expertise and negotiation skills.
  • Filing a mesothelioma lawsuit involves a consultation with specialized attorneys, with a limited time to file starting from the date of diagnosis.  Because of this, it’s important to contact an experienced mesothelioma attorney as soon as possible.

Compensation for Victims of Mesothelioma and Their Families

Mesothelioma financial compensation offers victims and their families relief for medical expenses, lost wages, pain, emotional suffering, and other expenses. Compensation can come from asbestos trust funds, lawsuits, or settlements. There are currently no ongoing class action lawsuits related to mesothelioma. Lawyers handle each case individually, reflecting the unique circumstances of each person. The types of compensation available to asbestos exposure victims and their families includes:

Asbestos Trust Funds

In the United States, asbestos trust funds established by bankrupt companies have over $30 billion set aside to compensate people for asbestos-related diseases. 

Companies that manufactured asbestos products faced so many claims that many declared bankruptcy. As part of the bankruptcy process, these companies were required to establish trust funds to pay victims’ claims. Former workers and others sickened by asbestos exposure can request compensation from asbestos trust funds. 

The compensation from mesothelioma bankruptcy trust claims can be up to several hundred thousand dollars. The process is generally quicker and simpler than filing a lawsuit. Our firm can tell you what factors will influence the amount of your claim and help gather the evidence you need to file a claim. If more than one company was involved, patients and their families may be entitled to receive funds from multiple asbestos trusts.

Mesothelioma Lawsuits

Mesothelioma compensation often comes from personal injury or wrongful death lawsuits. Compensation from a personal injury lawsuit can help pay for medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, and other expenses. 

Families who have lost a loved one to mesothelioma may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit. 

Our firm, with specialized knowledge of Pacific Northwest job sites, has successfully obtained multiple jury verdicts over $5 million for mesothelioma victims in Washington and Oregon. These personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits have helped families cope with the financial burden and emotional pain caused by this disease.

Settlements

Settlements occur when a company agrees to pay without going to trial. Our firm’s expertise in the legal landscapes of the pacific northwest has often enabled us to secure significant compensation without lengthy litigation or a trial.

Mesothelioma patients and their families can get timely financial support, allowing them to focus on treatment and healing. 

Our experienced mesothelioma lawyers in Oregon or Washington can help patients and their families decide the best compensation option.

We Have Recovered Millions in Asbestos Compensation for Our Clients

Bergman Oslund Udo Little works diligently to defend patients and their families facing the tragic challenges of mesothelioma. 

We’ve obtained over $1 billion in verdicts and settlements for families in Washington and Oregon. Attorney Matt Bergman has represented over 850 mesothelioma victims.

Our firm’s compassionate, highly professional, client-first, and team-oriented approach has led to numerous notable victories, including:

How Long Do I Have to File a Mesothelioma Lawsuit?

Patients or their families in Oregon and Washington must adhere to specific time frames, known as the statute of limitations, when filing mesothelioma lawsuits. These deadlines can vary depending on the state and the type of claim, whether it’s for personal injury or wrongful death.

Washington Mesothelioma Statute of Limitations

 Individuals have three years from the point they knew or should have known about their asbestos-related disease to file. Typically, this equates to three years from the diagnosis date for personal injury cases and three years from the date of death in wrongful death cases, as long as the statute of limitations hadn’t already expired by the time of the individual’s passing.

Oregon Mesothelioma Statute of Limitations

The window is slightly shorter, with two years from the discovery of the asbestos-related ailment to file a personal injury suit. For wrongful death cases, families have two years from the date of the loved one’s passing.

Regardless of the state, initiating the lawsuit as soon as possible after the diagnosis or death is advisable. Taking swift action ensures evidence preservation, provides ample time for in-depth investigations, and can expedite the compensation process.

What is the Process for Filing a Mesothelioma Lawsuit?

Common Questions About Asbestos Compensation

  • While no amount of compensation can make up for the diagnosis of a devastating illness, filing a lawsuit in a timely manner makes sense for many reasons. Mesothelioma is almost always caused by asbestos exposure. That means your illness is not your fault and you may be owed compensation.
  • Filing a claim can be life-changing and it won’t cost you a thing unless we win.
  • Every mesothelioma case is unique. Some cases settle relatively quickly; others will take time to work their way through trials and appeals. But here’s a brief overview of what to expect during mesothelioma litigation.
  • The lawyer-client relationship is a partnership, and the client must be comfortable with his or her lawyers for the relationship to succeed. Clients should always talk to several different law firms before making a final selection. Below are suggested questions to ask and issues to consider:

We're Committed to Getting the Compensation You Deserve

If you or a loved one has been impacted by mesothelioma, it’s time to seek the compensation you deserve. Our team of experienced mesothelioma and asbestos exposure attorneys stand up to corporations that choose profits over people’s well-being. Let us help share your story and fight for your rights. Contact us now for a free, no-obligation consultation.

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520 Pike St. #1125
Seattle, WA 98101
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1355 NW Everett St.
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Portland, OR 97204
503-447-6230
VERDICTS AND SETTLEMENTS
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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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Representing Asbestos and Mesothelioma Clients Throughout the Northwest.

520 Pike St.
#1125
Seattle, WA 98101

1355 NW Everett St.
Suite 100
Portland, OR 97204

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