Mesothelioma Lawsuits

Filing an asbestos lawsuit allows mesothelioma patients and their families to secure compensation for their future and fight back against the asbestos companies responsible for their disease. A mesothelioma lawsuit is a type of civil lawsuit filed in state court. Typically, a mesothelioma lawsuit is filed on behalf of a person or the family of a person who has been diagnosed with a cancer or illness caused by asbestos exposure, such as mesothelioma.

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Why File a Mesothelioma Lawsuit?

In addition to holding the asbestos companies who harmed you accountable for their actions, filing a mesothelioma lawsuit can help you and your family cover medical expenses and lost wages.

Mesothelioma is an expensive disease to treat; travel costs for visits to your mesothelioma specialist can add up quickly. Compensation from your mesothelioma lawsuit may allow you the flexibility to pay for any medical bills that your insurance company will not cover.

Simply put, filing a mesothelioma claim can allow you to take care of yourself during an exceedingly difficult time for you and your family.

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Mesothelioma & Asbestos Exposure

Asbestos, a mineral the World Health Organization has classified as a human carcinogen, is the only known cause of mesothelioma. This mineral was a popular choice of companies that wanted their products to be durable and fire-resistant throughout the twentieth century.

However, the health dangers of asbestos exposure were known by companies that used asbestos as early as the 1930s. Yet, they remained silent and used asbestos anyway.

Hundreds of asbestos companies made the choice to poison hundreds of thousands of American workers, their families and consumers. As a result, it’s fair to say that anyone diagnosed with mesothelioma was exposed to asbestos, and most often that exposure resulted from their job or a family member’s job.

Asbestos exposure may have happened when workers encountered products that contained asbestos. For example, auto mechanics could have installed asbestos brakes, drywallers may have used asbestos-containing joint compound, pipefitters could have encountered asbestos while cutting asbestos cement pipes, and it’s even possible for workers like managers who didn’t work directly with asbestos products, but were around others who did, to also be exposed.

The list of asbestos products workers could have encountered goes on and on.

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How Do Mesothelioma Lawsuits Work?

In a mesothelioma cancer lawsuit, parties who made or used asbestos-containing products may be held liable for the injuries caused by those products.

Parties that can be held responsible by filing a mesothelioma lawsuit may include:

  • The product manufacturer
  • The manufacturer of component parts
  • The wholesaler or distributor of the product
  • The company that employed workers to use asbestos-containing products

The most important step in filing a mesothelioma lawsuit is understanding the deadlines that govern how much time you have to file.

The laws that govern mesothelioma litigation are determined at the state level, and every state’s requirements are different. For example, state governments have put time limits on how long people may wait to file mesothelioma lawsuits. This is called a statute of limitations.

Each state has a different time period when it’s OK to file a mesothelioma lawsuit. On average, this time can range from 1 to 3 years either after the date of a person’s diagnosis, or death from mesothelioma.

The most common reason our mesothelioma lawyers can’t help people file a mesothelioma lawsuit is that the deadline to file has passed. Please don’t make this common mistake. We have been able to help thousands of people and families with filing a mesothelioma lawsuit and understand the challenges you are facing.

Asbestos litigation can provide you and your family important financial support during this difficult time. However, there are deadlines to file. If you believe you have the right to file a mesothelioma lawsuit, it is really important to begin the legal process now by hiring a mesothelioma attorney.

Mesothelioma Lawsuits: Your Guide

Download our guide: Asbestos Litigation, Your Guide to the Legal Process.

Filing a mesothelioma lawsuit can help you cover medical expenses and secure your family’s future well-being for years to come. Our experienced mesothelioma lawyers will make the process as easy as possible for you and guide you through the legal system. Learn more about what to expect when filing a mesothelioma lawsuit by downloading our free introductory guide.

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Who Can File a Mesothelioma Lawsuit?

As was mentioned above, a mesothelioma lawsuit is typically filed on behalf of a person or the family of a person who has been diagnosed with mesothelioma.

If you recently lost a loved one to mesothelioma, you have the right to recover financial compensation to help you during this difficult time by filing a wrongful death lawsuit.

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How Do I File a Mesothelioma Lawsuit?

  1. The first and most important step is to choose an attorney who will make filing a mesothelioma lawsuit as easy as possible for you and your family. Choosing an experienced attorney with access to a number of resources is vital to the success of your lawsuit, but you’ll also want to ask questions about their past results, their average time to resolution and their recent jury verdicts.
  2. After contacting an asbestos attorney, you can expect that he or she will perform extensive research and interviews to determine the best way for you and your loved ones to proceed. We understand time is of the essence, so your attorney will begin drafting a legal document called a complaint as soon as possible. The complaint will detail your mesothelioma case and why the asbestos company is liable for your diagnosis. Often there are options for where your claim will be filed. Your attorney will work with you to determine the best place to file your lawsuit.
  3. After filing, your attorney and their team will guide you through the next steps to best prepare your asbestos case to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve. This often includes further investigation of your medical records and work history in order to build the strongest case possible.
  4. Many times asbestos lawsuit settlements are reached either at the end of the investigation period or during the early phases of a trial. In a settlement, compensation is agreed on by both parties outside of court. Should you go to trial, your compensation, or verdict, is determined by the judge and the jury in court.

Hiring a mesothelioma law firm with experience filing and also preparing asbestos lawsuits for trial ensures you will receive the largest results possible.

Why Hire Simmons Hanly Conroy?

“People hire the firm for our expertise and our compassion,” says Perry Browder, head of Simmons Hanly Conroy’s Asbestos Group. “Even though we’re one of the largest firms in the country, we treat our clients like family.”

Perry manages more than 60 mesothelioma lawyers who focus solely on helping people with asbestos-related cases. Each senior attorney operates within a small legal team, and each team has in-house access to the following resources as they work to build your case and ensure you receive the asbestos lawsuit settlement you deserve:

  • Research and Discovery Department comprised of veteran attorneys and Ph.D. researchers
  • Robust national network of medical and safety experts
  • In-house medical department led by registered nurses
  • Warehouse of evidence, including corporate documentation and physical industrial parts and materials

Our combination of compassion, resources and experience has helped us secure some of the largest asbestos verdicts and settlements in the country for mesothelioma patients and their families

At Simmons Hanly Conroy, we are not only dedicated to our clients, but also to our communities. We support a wide variety of national and local organizations and are one of the nation’s leading legal contributors to mesothelioma cancer research.

Read more about our fight to end mesothelioma.

Settlements and Verdicts From Mesothelioma Lawsuits

Simmons Hanly Conroy has had success in securing mesothelioma compensation both through settlements and trial verdicts.

Our lawyers have recovered:

  • $40 million for a Navy veteran with mesothelioma through a verdict
  • $5.6 million for a former airline industry worker via a settlement
  • $60 million for a California labor in a trial verdict
  • $2.53 million for the family of a man who died from mesothelioma in a settlement

Simmons Hanly Conroy’s experienced team of trial lawyers will aggressively and thoroughly prepare your mesothelioma lawsuit with the goal of achieving the best result possible. The asbestos companies know the quality of our work and most choose to settle out of court.

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Common Questions About Mesothelioma Lawsuits

When should I file a mesothelioma lawsuit?

While each case is unique, the law imposes time limits on how long you can wait to file a lung cancer or asbestos-related disease personal injury lawsuit. Once these deadlines pass, it’s too late to file. These are called “statutes of limitations.” In other words, you have only a certain amount of time after a mesothelioma diagnosis is made to file an asbestos claim. Because of this, we advise you to contact us as soon as possible so we can evaluate your case for you.

Can I file a mesothelioma lawsuit after the death of my loved one?

Mesothelioma victims or immediate family members on their behalf may be eligible to receive compensation from the manufacturers of dangerous asbestos products that caused the disease. Even if your loved one is deceased, as a family member, you may be able to file a wrongful death claim.

Are mesothelioma lawsuits class action lawsuits?

Class action lawsuits are reserved for scenarios in which a group of individuals are injured in substantially the same manner. Since asbestos-related diseases manifest themselves differently in each affected individual, it is our belief that such claims are not proper for class actions. We handle each case on an individual basis so that you receive the settlement that you deserve.

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John Simmons is a founder and Chairman of Simmons Hanly Conroy. After serving in the U.S. Army, he went on to earn his Doctor of Law degree from Southern Methodist University School of Law. He has helped recover some of the biggest verdicts and settlements in asbestos litigation history and is rated as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers.