Undertaking to pursue a case for asbestos compensation or making a mesothelioma claim, almost invariably, involves financial obligations and medical expenses, which are often an added burden on mesothelioma patients and their families.

Many patients are likely to be presented with considerable difficulties receiving compensation, either from the defendant or their insurance companies, especially if considerable time has elapsed and they are no longer in business or can be traced.

In nearly all cases, the best opportunity mesothelioma patients have to recover the cost of their treatment, lost income and other living expenses is through employing the services of a highly experienced asbestosis lawyer.

It is always unfortunate, that because of the long latency period of up to 40 years or possibly more before the first mesothelioma or asbestosis symptoms appear, many plaintiffs are in advanced age and in too many cases, have maybe only weeks or months to live. Even though, there is a three year time limit to make a claim, too often the patient will not survive beyond 12 months, leaving the case to be handled by close family.

When evaluating a mesothelioma case, a great many variables are dependent on differing factors. Consideration has to be given to the liable party, e.g. former employer, exact location and circumstances of exposure, stage and prognosis of the disease, the victim’s occupation, former income and family status, i.e. married and dependents. An experienced asbestosis lawyer will examine the information to determine the strength of the case and claim amount.

In mesothelioma cases, awards are mostly compensatory but can also be punitive. Compensatory awards include medical costs – including home and/or hospice care – loss of income, which are very specific and measurable, and conjugal life, pain and suffering, which are more subjective and probably require medical testimony. Punitive awards can be very substantial but can also be reduced or overturned on appeal.

Out-of-court settlements are considered a desirable outcome because they avoid trial time and costs and may result in speedy payment of compensation. They are also less costly to the defendant, who would also wish to avoid negative publicity. An offer to settle is not an admission of liability and is often conditional on public non-disclosure and relinquishing the right to pursue further action against the defendant.