Asbestos Trust Funds

Due to the long latency period associated with asbestos exposure, many individuals who were exposed 20, 30 or even 50 years ago have only now been diagnosed with mesothelioma and may be eligible to apply for compensation from the established asbestos bankruptcy trust system. Several asbestos companies, starting in the 1970s and through today, faced a significant amount of lawsuits from current and future asbestos victims and decided to file for bankruptcy protection as a result. As part of the bankruptcy process, the courts required each company to establish trust funds to compensate future victims of asbestos-related diseases.

Asbestos trust funds are established as separate organizations from the companies that originally used asbestos. Whether they be companies that mined asbestos, produced asbestos-containing products, or used asbestos materials in their operations, the asbestos trust is managed by its own board of trustees that is autonomous from the original company.

Filing a Claim Against an Asbestos Trust Versus Filing a Mesothelioma Lawsuit

Once an asbestos bankruptcy trust is established, claimants can no longer file lawsuits against the company. Instead, claimants may receive compensation by submitting a claim to the trustees who operate the asbestos trust.

In some circumstances, claimants may choose to file both an asbestos trust claim and a mesothelioma lawsuit. Filing for both usually comes about when a single asbestos-related disease was caused by several companies’ negligence.

Receiving compensation from an asbestos trust may affect the amount of compensation you receive from a lawsuit against a solvent company. When you choose Simmons Hanly Conroy to represent your mesothelioma case, we handle your bankruptcy claims in-house for this reason. We do not refer out your bankruptcy claims out to another law firm. We believe it is in our client’s best interest to ensure both solvent and bankruptcy claims are handled by the same mesothelioma law firm.

Talking to an experienced mesothelioma lawyer can help you understand your options and decide the best route to take. The next step is to work with your mesothelioma lawyer to follow the procedures for filing claims against all negligent parties – those who established mesothelioma trust funds and those who can be held responsible in court through a mesothelioma lawsuit.

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Simmons Hanly Conroy’s Bankruptcy Claims Department

Simmons Hanly Conroy’s Asbestos Bankruptcy Department, led by Shareholder Perry Browder as the Chair of the Asbestos group and Shareholders Chris Guinn and Matt Petersen as department supervisors, is a highly skilled legal team that focuses solely on investigating and filing asbestos trust claims. Perry and Chris have overseen some of the largest verdicts and settlements in the history of asbestos litigation. Matt has more than 10 years of legal experience encompassing bankruptcy, estate and trust law. He also worked in the trust department at one of the largest banks in the United States.

Simmons Hanly Conroy’s bankruptcy department team has filed thousands of claims on behalf of eligible individuals and their families. In addition, firm attorneys have successfully arbitrated several cases against some of the largest bankruptcy trusts. As leaders in the asbestos legal industry, Simmons Hanly Conroy attorneys serve on several Trust Advisory Committees. This means our team is uniquely qualified to help patients and families impacted by mesothelioma navigate the asbestos bankruptcy trust system.

How to File a Mesothelioma Claim Against an Asbestos Trust

Your attorney will develop a legal strategy that includes bankruptcy claims and all solvent sources of recovery. Below is an overview of what the process for filing a mesothelioma claim against an asbestos trust may resemble. However, this process will vary based on your own circumstances. For information specific to your potential claim, contact a mesothelioma attorney who has experience in filing bankruptcy cases.

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It is important to speak with an experienced asbestos attorney because bankruptcy claims can be confusing. Contact a Simmons Hanly Conroy attorney today to learn more about your options regarding filing a mesothelioma bankruptcy claim.

Research the trust fund criteria.

Asbestos trusts have established asbestos exposure and medical criteria that must be met in order to apply for compensation. Your lawyer is familiar with the criterial for different trusts and can review them with you.

The following are examples of trust fund criteria for submitting a mesothelioma claim:

  • Workplace or worksite where asbestos exposure occurred
  • Dates and length of asbestos exposure
  • Medical evidence of an asbestos-related disease

Since each trust sets its own eligibility criteria, it is best to work with a mesothelioma attorney who can help you to understand the requirements and determine your legal options.

Gather evidence to support your claim.

If you meet the trust fund criteria, your lawyer will begin gathering evidence to support your claim. The following are examples of evidence that your lawyer might include:

  • Employment records
  • Medical records
  • Witness testimony

Submit a mesothelioma trust claim.

After the evidence and other necessary materials are gathered, your attorney will file your trust claim. Every trust has different criteria and will require the information to be submitted in a specific manner. This is information your attorney will know.

Trust fund administrators review your claim.

Upon receiving all your claim documents, the trust fundadministrators will begin the review process. There are two main methods for review: expedited review and individual review.

Expedited Review

If you or your loved one meet all of the trust fund’s established criteria, your claim will be eligible for expedited review. If the trust fund administrators find the evidence you submit to be sufficient, then then your claim will be approved to be paid.

Expedited reviews settle claims quickly because there is a scheduled value, or fixed amount, for the compensation. The scheduled value is usually different for the different types of asbestos-related diseases, with more severe diseases, like mesothelioma, typically assigned a higher value. This means that mesothelioma, as a more serious asbestos-related disease, is then eligible for higher compensation than diseases like asbestosis or pleural plaques.

Individual Review

If you or your loved one do not meet the requirements for expedited review, your claim will be reviewed individually. While this process can be slower, it may result in higher compensation because your medical condition and work history with asbestos are given individual consideration.

Trust fund administrators liquidate your claim and provide you compensation.

Once your claim has been validated through review, your claim will be liquidated, or assigned a monetary value. Factors affecting the amount may include, but are not limited to:

  • age,
  • severity of disease,
  • number of dependents,
  • exposure
  • and case specific factors.

In order to ensure that compensation will be available for future victims, every asbestos trust only pays out a limited percent on the dollar. This percentage varies by trust. An experienced mesothelioma lawyer can navigate the asbestos trust system and help you secure the most compensation possible.

List of Asbestos Bankruptcy Trusts

Several companies who mined asbestos, produced asbestos products, or used asbestos materials in production processes have filed for bankruptcy protection through Chapter 11. The courts have required these asbestos companies to set up trust funds to compensate current and future individuals with valid asbestos personal injury claims. The following is just a partial list of asbestos companies with established trust funds.

A-Best Products
A-Best Asbestos Settlement Trust
A. P. Green Industries
APG Asbestos Trust
A.B.B. Global Inc.
Lummus 524(g) Asbestos Personal Injury Trust
A & I Corporation
A & I Corporation Asbestos Bodily Injury Trust
ACandS, Inc.
ACandS Asbestos Settlement Trust
API, Inc.
API, Inc. Asbestos Settlement Trust
Armstrong World Industries
Armstrong World Industries, Inc. Asbestos Personal Injury Settlement Trust
ARTRA Group, Inc.
ARTRA 524(g) Asbestos Trust
Asarco, Inc.
ASARCO LLC Asbestos Personal Injury Settlement Trust
Asbestos Claims Management Corp./National Gypsum Company
NGC Bodily Injury Trust
Babcock & Wilcox Company
Babcock & Wilcox Asbestos Trust
Not yet established
Burns & Roe Enterprises, Inc.
Burns & Roe Asbestos Personal Injury Settlement Trust
C.E. Thurston & Sons
C.E. Thurston & Sons, Inc. Asbestos Trust
Celotex Corporation/Carey Canada, Inc.
Celotex Asbestos Settlement Trust
Combustion Engineering
Combustion Engineering 524(g) Asbestos Personal Injury Trust
Congoleum Corporation
Congoleum Plan Trust
DII Industries, LLC (Dresser Industries)
DII Industries, LLC Asbestos Personal Injury Trust
Not yet established
Eagle-Picher Corporation
Eagle-Picher Industries Personal Injury Settlement Trust
EJ Bartells Co., Inc.
Bartells Asbestos Settlement Trust
Federal Mogul Corp.
Federal Mogul U.S. Asbestos Personal Injury
Federal-Mogul Asbestos Personal Injury Trust - Ferodo Subfund
Federal-Mogul Asbestos Personal Injury Trust - Flexitallic Subfund
Flintkote Co./Flintkote Mines Ltd.
Flintkote Company and Flintkote Mines Limited Asbestos Personal Injury Trust
Not yet established
General Motors
MLC Asbestos Personal Injury Trust
G-I Holdings
G-1 Asbestos Settlement Trust
Hercules Chemical
Hercules Chemical Company, Inc. Asbestos Settlement Trust
H. K. Porter Co., Inc.
H. K. Porter Asbestos Trust
J. T. Thorpe (C.D. Cal.)
J.T. Thorpe Settlement Trust
J. T. Thorpe (S.D. Tex.)
J.T. Thorpe Company Successor Trust
Johns-Manville Corp./Philadelphia Asbestos Corp. (Pacor)
Manville Personal Injury Settlement Trust
Kaiser Aluminum Corp.
Kaiser Asbestos Personal Injury Trust
Keene Corp.
Keene Creditors Trust
Metex Asbestos Personal Injury Trust
Leslie Controls
Leslie Controls, Inc. Asbestos Personal Injury Trust
MacArthur Co./Western Asbestos Company
Western Asbestos Settlement Trust
North American Refractories Co. (NARCO)
North American Refractories Company Asbestos Personal Injury Settlement Trust
Owens Corning
Owens Corning Fibreboard Asbestos Personal Injury Trust - Owens Corning Subfund
Owens Corning/Fibreboard Corp.
Owens Corning Fibreboard Asbestos Personal Injury Trust
Pittsburgh Corning
Pittsburgh Corning Corporation Asbestos Personal Injury Trust
Plant Insulation Company
Plant Insulation Company Asbestos Settlement Trust
Plibrico Co.
Plibrico Asbestos Trust
Porter-Hayden Co.
Porter Hayden Bodily Injury Trust
Quigley Co.
Quigley Company, Inc. Asbestos Personal Injury Trust
Raymark Corp./Raytech Corp.
Raytech Corporation Asbestos Personal Injury Settlement Trust
Shook & Fletcher Insulation Co.
Shook & Fletcher Asbestos Settlement Trust
T. H. Agriculture & Nutrition
T. H. Agriculture & Nutrition, LLC Asbestos Personal Injury Trust
Thorpe Insulation Co./Pacific Insulation Co.
Thorpe Insulation Company Asbestos Personal Injury Settlement Trust
Turner & Newall
Federal-Mogul Asbestos Personal Injury Trust - Turner & Newall Subfund
United Gilsonite
Not yet established
United States Gypsum Co./ USG Corp.
United States Gypsum Asbestos Personal Injury Settlement Trust
United States Mineral Products
United States Mineral Products Company Asbestos Personal Injury Settlement Trust
UNR Industries, Inc./Unarco Industries, Inc.
UNR Asbestos-Disease Claims Trust
W.R. Grace & Co.
WRG Asbestos Personal Injury Trust
Yarway Asbestos Personal Injury Trust