Over 30 Billion dollars in trust fund money has been set aside for asbestos victims.
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Mesothelioma is a disease caused almost exclusively by exposure to asbestos. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with this condition, the overwhelming odds are that you have been exposed to and have inhaled asbestos dust at some point during your work history.
Very often, someone diagnosed with mesothelioma will have been exposed to multiple asbestos products over the course of his or her lifetime. These people have the right to recover losses from the manufacturer of the product. They may also file to receive part of the $30 billion in asbestos trust fund money that has been set aside for asbestos victims.
Asbestos was widely used in hundreds of products and on thousands of jobsites throughout most of the 20th century. Courts recognize that the condition may take 50 years to develop, and most states allow people who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma to file a claim. So if a person was exposed to asbestos during World War II, he or she can likely file a claim today, even if the diagnosis was only recently made.
This is a question that many families understandably have. When someone is diagnosed with mesothelioma, the most important thing to a family is making sure the person spends his or her time and energy on medical treatment. The last thing anyone wants to do is get involved in a long legal battle.
The good news is that the legal process for a mesothelioma lawsuit is relatively simple. Often, it doesn't require a great deal of time or energy from the injured party. An experienced law firm can make the process even simpler. The injured will likely only have to fill out some paperwork regarding asbestos exposure history and may also be required to answer some formal questions (known as deposition) to place the testimony on record. If the victim has passed before a lawsuit can be filed, the executor of his or her estate can file, as can another family member. The law firm should handle the rest and work to secure settlements from the defendants. Recoveries often exceed $1 million and can go far to ensuring that the family has money for necessary medical treatments. It will also ensure financial security for the family in the future.
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