Mesothelioma Attorneys

Questions About Compensation Eligibility

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My asbestos exposure was not work-related. Can I still receive compensation for mesothelioma or another asbestos-related illness?
Absolutely. If you have developed mesothelioma, asbestosis, or another asbestos-related illness you can be eligible for compensation whether you worked with or around asbestos or not. Although the majority of people who develop mesothelioma were exposed at work, there are many other sources of asbestos exposure.

Exposure can occur in your home due to asbestos containing construction materials or household products. Many children are still being exposed every day at school. Spouses, children, grandchildren and other people who have lived with someone who worked around asbestos or who just visited frequently, have developed mesothelioma caused by secondary exposure when workers brought the asbestos fibers home on their clothing.

Who can be held responsible for my asbestos exposure?
The responsible parties will depend on the unique circumstances in your case, such as where and how your exposure occurred. An important part of your asbestos attorney’s job is figuring out who was responsible for your asbestos exposure. Many mesothelioma and asbestosis victims are not aware of when, where, or how they were exposed. An experienced asbestos attorney knows how to investigate your case and find out.

Examples of responsible parties in Mesothelioma cases include:

  • Employers or former employers
  • Manufacturers of asbestos products
  • Asbestos removal or testing companies
  • Landlords
  • Building owners
  • School districts
  • Construction companies
  • Mining companies

Can I sue for asbestos exposure alone, or do I have to have an asbestos-related illness to receive compensation?
You must be able to prove that you were harmed by your asbestos exposure. In general, this means that your must have been diagnosed with an asbestos-related illness. Diagnosis with mesothelioma or asbestosis serves as hard evidence that asbestos caused your illness.

Other illnesses which are often caused by asbestos can also be caused by other things, and are not as significant in proving that asbestos caused your illness. However, you can still receive compensation if you have a history of asbestos exposure.

What kind of compensation can I receive for mesothelioma, asbestosis, or another asbestos-related illness?
If you have developed an asbestos-related illness or if you have lost a loved one to asbestos, you may receive compensation for damages including:

  • Medical expenses and future medical expenses
  • Lost income
  • Future lost income
  • Lost earning capacity
  • Disability
  • Disfigurement
  • Physical pain and suffering
  • Mental pain and suffering
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Loss of consortium
  • Wrongful death