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. Filing a mesothelioma claim is straightforward when you work with Simmons Hanly Conroy. Since 1999, our firm has helped secure over $7 billion in mesothelioma claims for deserving families.

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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.

A mesothelioma claim can:

  • Help with the cost of medical expenses not covered by insurance
  • Help with travel costs to mesothelioma medical specialists
  • Cover lost wages for you and your caregiver
  • Help keep medical costs from wiping out your family’s savings
  • Allow you to afford dependent care
  • Cover unexpected expenses
  • Award you compensation for pain and suffering

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 legal process as stress-free as possible for you and your family.

Because we know how devastating a mesothelioma diagnosis can be for patients and their families, we make it our mission to take care of our clients and provide superb legal care that can maximize the benefits you need. 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

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Our Track Record with Mesothelioma and Asbestos Claims

Since 1999, Simmons Hanly Conroy has helped thousands of victims from across the country secure over $7 billion for their mesothelioma 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.

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.

At the same time, your dedicated trial team will handle all aspects of your case and investigate all possible sources of recovery, including employers and manufacturers.

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Types of Mesothelioma Lawsuits and 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.

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, you must prove 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

Submitting a mesothelioma claim 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

Sometimes, a lawsuit may not be the best option for people with mesothelioma claims. It’s important to consider all possible avenues to receive the money you deserve. The asbestos attorneys at Simmons Hanly Conroy can help you file asbestos exposure claims and pursue compensation.

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

How to File Mesothelioma Claims

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 steps involved in filing mesothelioma claims are outlined below.

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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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Research and Discovery

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:

  • Medical records that establish a mesothelioma or asbestos-related disease diagnosis
  • Documents that link asbestos exposure to a product or jobsite
  • Expert testimony supporting the mesothelioma claim
  • Financial statements that show the financial loss
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Settle or Go to Trial

In many mesothelioma claims, settlements are reached after the investigation period or very early on in the trial. In a settlement, compensation is agreed upon by both parties outside of court. In a mesothelioma trial, it is determined by the judge and jury.

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 team has 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.

We understand that facing a mesothelioma claim can seem intimidating and even overwhelming. It’s our goal to put you at ease.

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Mesothelioma Claims FAQ

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.

Did You Know? The 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.

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