A mesothelioma lawsuit is a civil lawsuit filed against a company or against companies responsible for asbestos exposure by a mesothelioma patient or surviving family members. By filing a mesothelioma lawsuit, a patient or family members of a deceased person can obtain compensation for lost income, pain and suffering, medical expenses, funeral expenses, loss of consortium, and other mesothelioma-related damages. A mesothelioma patient is eligible to file a personal injury lawsuit. On the other hand, the estate or surviving family members of a deceased mesothelioma patient is or are eligible to file a wrongful death lawsuit.
So, whenever an attorney files a mesothelioma lawsuit, they do so on behalf of:
- a mesothelioma patient; or
- family members who have lost a loved one to mesothelioma.
Personal Injury Lawsuits
An individual files a mesothelioma personal injury lawsuit (usually with the help of a lawyer) against the company or companies liable for negligently exposing them to asbestos after obtaining a mesothelioma diagnosis. Generally, a personal injury lawsuit helps a mesothelioma patient seek compensation from companies that failed to warn them about the dangers of inhaling asbestos fibers. The damages a mesothelioma patient can obtain in a mesothelioma personal injury lawsuit include, but are not limited to;
- Medical expenses
- Lost income
- Pain and suffering
- Travel expenses
Whenever a judge awards compensation in a mesothelioma personal injury lawsuit, the patient receives the payment.
Wrongful Death Lawsuits
Like personal injury lawsuits, mesothelioma wrongful death lawsuits are filed against the company or companies responsible for negligently exposing the deceased individual to asbestos. The damages surviving family members can obtain in a mesothelioma wrongful death lawsuit include, but are not limited to;
- Medical expenses
- Funeral expenses
- Lost income
- Loss of consortium
Suppose a mesothelioma patient initiates a personal injury lawsuit, only for them to die before their lawsuit is resolved. In such a case, the estate of the deceased may continue the lawsuit.
Whenever a judge awards compensation in a mesothelioma wrongful death lawsuit, the deceased person’s estate receives the payment.
Filing a Mesothelioma Lawsuit
Organizations and corporations that produced, distributed, or used asbestos products continue being held liable in the United States courts for the serious injuries and deaths their products have caused, and plaintiffs continue to receive millions of dollars in compensation. This is an encouragement to mesothelioma patients and those who have lost loved ones to this aggressive cancer because of other people’s negligence. Any mesothelioma patient who suffered asbestos exposure because of another party’s negligence or anyone who lost a loved one to this aggressive cancer because another party’s negligence led to their loved one suffering asbestos exposure deserves justice and can get justice. Nevertheless, it is important for people to note that in order to file a successful lawsuit, it is crucial for one to retain an experienced mesothelioma lawyer. Mesothelioma lawsuits can be complicated and require the expertise of mesothelioma lawyers.
Nationwide Mesothelioma Lawyers
If you or a loved one were diagnosed with mesothelioma, contact our office to speak to one of our experienced nationwide mesothelioma attorneys about your situation. Our office can help investigate your case and determine if compensation can be sought from negligent parties to help pay for your medical treatment.