After a person is diagnosed with mesothelioma, their life and that of their family can drastically change. A mesothelioma diagnosis is not only emotionally draining, but it can also be financially draining. While there is still no cure for mesothelioma, several treatment options exist. Mesothelioma treatment can be expensive. Treating mesothelioma can range from tens of thousands to millions of dollars. Mesothelioma treatment costs usually vary based on, among other things, treatment type and location. Fortunately, when a mesothelioma diagnosis can be linked to asbestos exposure, a victim or a victim’s loved ones can file a compensation claim. A party responsible for harmful asbestos exposure, which results in a mesothelioma diagnosis, is liable for damages resulting from the diagnosis.
If you or a loved one was recently diagnosed with mesothelioma, there are several things you need to know about mesothelioma claims. This article discusses three basic things you need to remember about mesothelioma claims.
#1: Mesothelioma Claims are Usually Paid by Insurance Companies
When you file a mesothelioma claim, you will file the claim against the negligent party or parties who allowed you or your loved one to suffer harmful asbestos exposure. However, in most mesothelioma claims, the defendants are not responsible for paying the compensation. Usually, payments for mesothelioma claims come from the at-fault parties’ insurance companies. This means that after you file a mesothelioma claim, you may need to negotiate with insurance companies. You need to keep in mind that insurance companies have experience defending compensation claims and have attorneys who are dedicated to protecting their interests.
#2: It is Best to Retain an Attorney
In the U.S., personal injury claimants, including mesothelioma victims and their families, can pursue compensation without hiring an attorney. Not having an attorney cannot bar you from seeking compensation in a mesothelioma claim. However, it is best to retain an attorney. A qualified mesothelioma lawyer can help you gather evidence and prepare a strong case. They can help you handle all the paperwork. An attorney can help negotiate with insurance companies. If your case goes to court, a skilled mesothelioma lawyer can present your case in court in the best possible light and fight the other side.
#3: Mesothelioma Claims are Time-Sensitive
Finally, you need to remember that mesothelioma claims are time-sensitive. Statutes of limitations exist that limit the amount of time you have to file a mesothelioma claim. Every state in the U.S. has its own deadlines for filing a mesothelioma claim.
It is vital that you act fast after you or a loved one is diagnosed with mesothelioma. If you delay, the time limit for filing your claim may expire, and you may be barred from recovering compensation. Also, delaying initiating a claim may result in witness memories fading and other evidence being altered or destroyed.
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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 to help you and your family live a more comfortable life.