Mesothelioma Claims

A mesothelioma claim can help your family get financial compensation for medical bills and other costs that come with an asbestos-related cancer diagnosis. There are several types of mesothelioma claims, including mesothelioma lawsuits, asbestos trust fund claims and Veterans Affairs (VA) claims.

Filing a mesothelioma claim is straightforward when you work with Simmons Hanly Conroy. Since 1999, our firm has helped secure over $9 billion in mesothelioma claims for deserving families.

Call (800) 326-8900 now to learn more about your options during a free legal consultation.

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What Are Mesothelioma Claims?

A mesothelioma claim is a legal action through which a person diagnosed with mesothelioma or their family requests financial compensation from the manufacturers of asbestos-containing products. This compensation is a form of restitution for the needless suffering inflicted on individuals and families due to asbestos exposure.

While there is no amount of money that can right the wrongs inflicted on asbestos victims, a mesothelioma legal claim can provide much-needed benefits during a difficult time. These include providing financial security and peace of mind for you and your family members.

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Why File a Mesothelioma Cancer Claim?

A mesothelioma claim can award you with compensation that can help:

  • Cover the cost of medical expenses not covered by insurance
  • Keep medical costs from wiping out your family’s savings
  • Make up for any lost wages for you and your caregiver
  • Pay for travel costs to mesothelioma medical specialists or dependent care
  • Take care of any unexpected expenses

You may be concerned about filing a legal claim on top of battling cancer, but rest assured that when you work with Simmons Hanly Conroy, we’ll strive to make the mesothelioma claims process as stress-free as possible for you and your family.

We know how devastating a mesothelioma diagnosis can be for patients and their families, which is why we’ve made it our mission to take care of our clients and provide superb legal care that can maximize the benefits you receive.

This way, you can focus on what matters most — your health and well-being.

Denis, Mesothelioma Warrior

“It was very important to me that I called Simmons Hanly Conroy and that they came to my house and took care of everything. I never had to leave my city to do any of the work. All the work was taken care of in my city or on the telephone.”

Dennis, Mesothelioma Warrior and Simmons Hanly Conroy Client

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Our Track Record With Mesothelioma and Asbestos Claims

Since 1999, Simmons Hanly Conroy has helped thousands of victims across the country secure over $9 billion from their mesothelioma cancer claims.

Notable mesothelioma settlements and verdicts our team has secured include:

$60 Million

VerdictNew York laborer

$40 Million

VerdictWashington U.S. Navy veteran

$4.9 Million

SettlementMontana man and his family

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  • $34 million verdict awarded to a California mechanic
  • $30 million verdict for a former California construction supervisor
  • $10.3 million verdict for a Louisiana longshoreman
  • $3 million verdict to the family of a New York pipefitter who died of mesothelioma
  • $3.6 million settlement for an HVAC worker from North Carolina
  • $2.86 million verdict to the family of a Delaware man who died of mesothelioma
  • $3.7 million settlement for a Minnesota auto mechanic
  • $5.1 million verdict to the family of a Missouri woman
  • $2.9 million settlement for a Nevada shipyard worker

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Simmons Hanly Conroy has over 60 asbestos attorneys and 200 professional and legal staff.

Our powerful Asbestos Litigation Group includes:

  • In-house Medical Department led by Registered Nurses
  • 16 full-time investigators, including former police officers
  • Professional technical support for document management and trial preparation
  • Research and Discovery Department comprised of veteran attorneys and Ph.D. researchers
  • A robust national network of medical and safety experts
  • Warehouse of evidence, including corporate documentation and physical industrial parts and materials
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Michael Angelides (00:02):
When a victim of mesothelioma engages Simmons Hanly Conroy, they have an absolute army of people working on their case. We really have the resources to represent our clients essentially anywhere.

We've developed the greatest expert witnesses in the country, a team of medical staff, thousands of warehouses full of documents, and a legal team that has hundreds of years of experience — all of these resources marshaled together to help their case.

When you work with us, your dedicated trial team will handle all aspects of your mesothelioma case and investigate all possible sources of recovery, including employers and manufacturers.

At the same time, our experience and success have put us in touch with some of the world’s best physicians and experts. These key contacts ensure you’ll have access both to top-notch legal representation and expert witnesses.

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Who Can File an Asbestos Claim?

You may be eligible to file an asbestos claim if:

  • You were diagnosed with mesothelioma or another asbestos-related disease
  • Your spouse or parent had mesothelioma and passed away
  • You represent the estate of someone with mesothelioma who passed away

Not sure if you’re eligible? During a free, no-obligation legal consultation, we can review the details of your claim and let you know if you have a case.

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How to File a Mesothelioma Claim

Your trial team at Simmons Hanly Conroy understands that time is of the essence in a mesothelioma claim. Hiring a skilled law firm to handle filing your mesothelioma claim can help you secure the compensation you deserve in a reasonable amount of time.

In general, the mesothelioma claims process involves the following steps.

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Find an Experienced Mesothelioma Law Firm

Working with a highly skilled law firm is vital because mesothelioma claims can be complicated, and an experienced firm will make the process as easy as possible for you.

Questions to ask when screening a mesothelioma law firm:

  • What are your past results with mesothelioma claims?
  • How long does it take you on average to resolve a mesothelioma claim?
  • What is your experience handling mesothelioma claims?
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We’ll Gather the Evidence to Build Your Case

The law firm will perform extensive research and conduct interviews to determine the best way for you and your loved ones to move forward.

As a part of submitting your mesothelioma claim, your attorney will continue building and strengthening your case to help ensure you receive the compensation you deserve. This may include further investigation of your personal, medical and work histories.

At Simmons Hanly Conroy, we make this process as easy as possible by gathering the following evidence for you:

  • Documents that link asbestos exposure to a product or job site
  • Expert testimony supporting the mesothelioma claim
  • Financial statements that show the financial loss
  • Medical records that establish a mesothelioma or asbestos-related disease diagnosis
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Secure Mesothelioma Financial Compensation

In most mesothelioma claims, an asbestos settlement can be reached after the investigation period or very early on in the trial.

In a mesothelioma settlement, compensation is agreed upon by both parties outside of court. In a mesothelioma trial, an asbestos verdict amount is determined by the judge and jury.

Though most of our mesothelioma claims result in settlements, our attorneys are prepared to argue your case in a court trial as well.

Mesothelioma Claim Time Limit

The statute of limitations on mesothelioma claims varies, which can make it difficult to determine without the help of an experienced legal team. However, once the mesothelioma statute of limitations passes, you won’t be able to take legal action and pursue compensation for your illness again.

If you’ve been diagnosed with mesothelioma or another asbestos-related disease, get started on the legal process as soon as possible. Contact Simmons Hanly Conroy today.

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Types of Mesothelioma Compensation Claims

Mesothelioma claimants may have several different pathways to receiving financial compensation. A skilled mesothelioma lawyer can help you navigate all potential avenues you can pursue. They can also help families decide what the best option for their unique situation is.

A mesothelioma lawsuit is one of the most common ways to secure justice from those responsible for making you sick. Through a lawsuit, your lawyer will seek mesothelioma compensation on your behalf from the makers of specific asbestos-containing products believed to have caused your cancer.

The Main Types of Mesothelioma Lawsuits

Personal Injury Lawsuits

The victim files a mesothelioma lawsuit against the manufacturers of asbestos-containing products and their employer.

Product Liability Lawsuits

The victim files a mesothelioma lawsuit against the company that made the asbestos-containing product to which they were exposed.

Wrongful Death Lawsuits

When someone dies from mesothelioma, a survivor or court-appointed representative can file a mesothelioma wrongful death lawsuit.

A mesothelioma lawsuit may be brought to trial for a verdict, or it may be settled before it gets to court.

Mesothelioma settlements are more common and occur when a defendant is released of any additional responsibility in exchange for a sum of money. Reaching a verdict can take years, and while they may result in a higher reward, there is no guarantee that a judge or jury will rule in the victim’s favor.

Further, for a mesothelioma claim to be successful, your legal team must prove your exposure to asbestos.

This information should show:

  • When, where and how asbestos exposure occurred
  • What asbestos-containing products you were exposed to
  • Who was responsible for making those asbestos products

Filing a claim for mesothelioma is an opportunity to hold companies that knew the dangers of asbestos exposure accountable for putting their profits above people. It’s your chance to secure justice and fight back against the companies that exposed you to asbestos and got you or your loved one sick.

Types of Asbestos Exposure Claims

People with mesothelioma claims may have additional options beyond filing a lawsuit. Because each case is unique, it’s important to speak with an experienced attorney to learn about all possible avenues to secure recovery.

The asbestos attorneys at Simmons Hanly Conroy can help you file asbestos exposure claims and pursue compensation through all of the avenues available to you.

Types of asbestos exposure claims include:

Asbestos Trust Fund Claims

Manufacturers of asbestos-containing products have more than $30 billion sitting in active asbestos bankruptcy trusts to cover current and future mesothelioma claims. This is because many companies that made asbestos-containing products filed for bankruptcy in an effort to limit the amount they’d have to pay the victims of asbestos exposure. Asbestos trust claims are commonly pursued in addition to a personal injury claim or wrongful death claim.

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Veterans Benefits

Every branch of the Armed Forces used asbestos for decades. Sadly, 30% of people diagnosed with mesothelioma are veterans. Military veterans, retirees and their loved ones may be entitled to benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). A VA claim may include medical care and money granted through disability benefits.

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Based on your asbestos exposure history, you may be eligible to submit claims to multiple mesothelioma funds. Our attorneys will work with you to determine the best way to pursue your mesothelioma claims based on your unique circumstances.

We understand that facing a mesothelioma claim can seem intimidating and even overwhelming. It’s our goal to put you at ease by handling the mesothelioma claims process for you. Contact us today to learn more about how we may be able to help with your case.

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Why Choose Simmons Hanly Conroy for Your Mesothelioma Claim?

Simmons Hanly Conroy has helped thousands of mesothelioma victims and their families across the United States with their asbestos cases.

Our legal teams have access to the resources needed to hold large corporations and businesses accountable for their wrongdoing. Our ability to successfully handle mesothelioma claims is unmatched.

What sets Simmons Hanly Conroy apart in handling mesothelioma claims is our combination of compassion, resources and experience. This winning combination has allowed us to help thousands of people harmed by asbestos secure the results they deserve.

The experienced mesothelioma attorneys at Simmons Hanly Conroy are dedicated to giving personal attention to families affected by mesothelioma, no matter where they live. The experienced lawyers at our nationwide law firm work with mesothelioma victims in every state, even traveling to you if needed.

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Mesothelioma Claim FAQs

Are there time limits to submitting mesothelioma claims?

Yes. State laws called statutes of limitations usually allow victims one to five years (depending on the state) from the diagnosis or discovery of mesothelioma to file a lawsuit.

If a mesothelioma claim is not started within the allowed timeframe, mesothelioma patients and their survivors could be forever prevented from doing so.

The mesothelioma statute of limitations varies depending on the facts and location of each case.

It is critical not only to act promptly but also to hire an experienced mesothelioma law firm that will find ways to get the most money possible in the least amount of time. Working with the right mesothelioma attorney could be the difference between winning and losing a case.

Which types of mesothelioma claims are best?

There isn’t one “best” type of mesothelioma claim, and the type of claim you should file depends on the specific factors in your case.

You may even be able to pursue compensation through multiple types of claims.

At Simmons Hanly Conroy, we handle each mesothelioma claim on an individual basis, walking our clients through all possible options available to them.

Why can I file mesothelioma claims against asbestos product manufacturers?

It is well documented that manufacturing and insurance companies knew of the dangers of asbestos exposure as early as the 1930s. They knew that mesothelioma and lung cancer were directly related to inhaling asbestos fibers, yet they remained silent.

Even today, asbestos companies work hard to avoid admitting fault. This is why Simmons Hanly Conroy mesothelioma attorneys work tirelessly to help secure compensation for those harmed by asbestos. We encourage anyone who developed mesothelioma to contact our team and learn their legal options.

What factors are involved in mesothelioma claims?

The primary factor involved in mesothelioma claim amounts is proving liability against specific companies or manufacturers. A link must be established between the mesothelioma diagnosis and asbestos-containing products that were made by specific manufacturers.

Because each mesothelioma claim is unique, it is important to work with a skilled asbestos law firm that can identify all possible sources of recovery.

These compensation sources may include:

  • Corporations that used asbestos in their products
  • Property owners of structures and job sites that contained asbestos
  • Manufacturers of machinery with asbestos-containing parts
  • Manufacturers of tools used to cut asbestos-containing parts
  • Hardware, automotive and home improvement stores that sold products that contain asbestos

Our long history of filing — and securing compensation from — mesothelioma claims gives us a clear understanding of how to build the strongest case possible.

Our clients don’t have to worry about the factors involved in mesothelioma claims and can, in turn, focus on their health and their families instead.

What happens if the asbestos victim passes away during the legal process?

If a mesothelioma patient begins the legal process but passes away before the claim is completed, their spouse, child or estate representative may be able to continue the lawsuit and pursue compensation on their behalf.

Can a mesothelioma patient’s family members file an asbestos claim after their loved one’s death?

Potentially, yes. The mesothelioma patient’s spouse, children or estate representative may be able to file asbestos claims after the death of their loved one.

During a free legal consultation, we can review the details of your situation and let you know if you’re eligible to take legal action — at no cost or obligation to you.

Can I file mesothelioma claims against more than one asbestos company?

Potentially, yes. If more than one company is responsible for your exposure to asbestos, you may be eligible to file mesothelioma claims against each of the companies or any bankruptcy trusts they’ve established.

To learn more about eligibility and legal options, fill out our contact form for a free legal consultation.

Do I need a lawyer to file an asbestos claim?

To file a mesothelioma lawsuit, yes. Filing an asbestos mesothelioma claim without a lawyer experienced in asbestos litigation can be extremely difficult, especially when you may already be battling the symptoms of a rare cancer like mesothelioma.

By working with Simmons Hanly Conroy, you can put the legal process in our hands while you focus on what matters most: your health and your family. Contact us now to learn more about working with us.

How much is an asbestos mesothelioma claim worth?

The potential value of an individual asbestos mesothelioma claim can be difficult to predict. A variety of factors can influence how much an asbestos claim may be worth, like:

  • Current and future medical expenses
  • The severity of asbestos exposure
  • The strength of the evidence
  • Whether the case settles and more

In general, a mesothelioma case can be worth around a million dollars, depending on the above factors and the specific facts surrounding your exposures and other types of liabilities.

As a national mesothelioma law firm, Simmons Hanly Conroy has helped thousands of clients nationwide secure compensation from asbestos claims.

Get a free legal consultation today to learn more about how the specific circumstances regarding your potential claim may impact its worth.

How long do mesothelioma claims typically take?

How long a mesothelioma claim may take varies from case to case according to a number of different factors, which can make the duration of the claim process hard to predict.

At Simmons Hanly Conroy, our mesothelioma attorneys understand that time is of the essence for many of the families contacting us.

Our extensive experience in filing mesothelioma claims allows us to be one of the fastest asbestos law firms in the country to secure results for our clients.

Fill out our contact form now to learn more about how we may be able to help with your case.

Will filing an asbestos cancer claim affect my VA claim?

Filing an asbestos claim does not prohibit veterans with mesothelioma from filing VA claims or receiving VA benefits.

Contact our team now to discuss your situation. It costs nothing to speak with us.

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Head of Asbestos Department

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Partner Perry Browder is head of the Asbestos Department at Simmons Hanly Conroy. He has worked for more than 30 years helping numerous families resolve hundreds of million dollar-plus cases. He started at the firm in 2001 and played a key role in helping the firm develop a national reputation. Within a few years, he had successfully secured one of the largest asbestos verdicts in the country, a $250 million verdict against U.S. Steel.