Frequently Asked Questions About Asbestos And Mesothelioma
It is natural to have many questions when it comes to your legal rights. You can be assured your questions will be answered in a straightforward, compassionate way at our law firm.
Here are some answers to some common questions. However, please keep in mind that each case is unique and deserves an individual consultation, which Satterley & Kelley PLLC offers free of charge.
What are some of the common symptoms of mesothelioma?
Symptoms of mesothelioma often do not manifest for many years after exposure to asbestos. These symptoms vary depending on what part of the body has been affected, what stage the cancer is in and whether the sufferer smokes/has smoked.
I don’t know where I was exposed to asbestos. Can I still file a lawsuit?
Absolutely! If you have developed mesothelioma or any other asbestos-related disease, you are eligible for compensation. Many mesothelioma victims are not aware of when, where or how they were exposed to asbestos. It is your attorney’s job to figure out responsibility and liability. If more than one party is responsible, then liability is usually divided among each party. An experienced asbestos attorney knows how to investigate your case and obtain results.
I was exposed to asbestos in the military. Can I sue the military?
No. You cannot sue the military, but you can hold the corporations that manufactured and distributed the asbestos-containing products that caused you to develop mesothelioma accountable.
How much compensation can I expect to receive in a mesothelioma claim?
Unfortunately, there is no universal figure regarding compensation. The amount you receive is determined by the individual facts of your particular case. You may be able to collect compensation for medical expenses, lost income from inability to work, and pain and suffering, as well as other damages incurred as a result of the illness. Our lawyers can secure the compensation to which you are entitled.
I want to get my claim over with as quickly as possible. How long does a case usually last?
When an illness is especially painful, it is natural to want to settle quickly and move on. However, rushing through a case can be detrimental to the case. There is no set amount of time for mesothelioma and asbestos cases, as each claim is different. However, if you have been diagnosed with late-stage mesothelioma, we will do all we can to expedite your claim.
Can I settle my case out of court?
Satterley & Kelley PLLC lawyers are skilled negotiators and frequently use innovative techniques to reach and achieve confidential, out-of-court settlements. As a result, only a small percentage of our cases go to trial. However, as each claim presents unique circumstances, the best solution for some cases may be to go to court.
What if I die while my lawsuit is pending?
In the event of your death before your case is resolved, any compensation will be divided among your surviving beneficiaries in accordance with Kentucky’s laws of descent and distribution. Your loved ones may also choose to file a wrongful death lawsuit for recovery of damages too, if they are eligible.
Am I eligible to receive disability compensation?
Yes! If you have a confirmed diagnosis of mesothelioma, you are eligible to apply for Social Security Disability benefits.
Can I still sue if I file for workers’ compensation, disability benefits or veterans benefits?
Yes, you can still sue the corporation responsible for manufacturing the products that led to your mesothelioma, regardless of other claims or benefits. Whether you can file a workers’ compensation claim or seek disability benefits is based on the individual facts of your case. There may be reasons why you cannot file a workers’ compensation claim or why it would not be beneficial to file claims other than a lawsuit against manufacturers and distributors of asbestos products or property owners maintaining properties contaminated with asbestos.
Do I need a lawyer?
If you plan to file a lawsuit for mesothelioma compensation or wrongful death, you need to arm yourself with as much information as possible. Just as mesothelioma is a complex disease, so too is personal injury law, and resolution of even the simplest situations can be confusing and challenging to patients already in distress. It is advisable to consult with a lawyer who is experienced and well-versed in mesothelioma and asbestos cases, who can help you determine the root cause of your exposure and where responsibility lies.
Is it expensive to hire an asbestos lawyer?
Our attorneys work on a contingency fee basis. This is a payment arrangement that allows you to obtain legal representation regardless of your financial status and ability to pay for services at the start of the case. A client agrees to pay their attorney a certain percentage of their award should they win at trial or receive an out-of-court settlement.
For Answers To Your Questions
Individuals, circumstances and consequences all differ, which means every case is different. It is crucial to get advice from a knowledgeable, experienced asbestos attorney to base a claim on your personal situation and maximize any potential compensation claims.