Alabama Mesothelioma FAQs
How Much is a Mesothelioma Claim Worth?
The compensation paid to a victim of asbestos exposure will vary, case to case. The issues impacting the value of a claim include the number of parties named in a lawsuit. For example, an employer may have used products that contained asbestos that were used extensively and may be named as one of the parties in a lawsuit. In other cases, several manufacturers supplied asbestos-containing products. These companies may already have filed bankruptcy but may have been required to establish a trust to pay out future claims filed against them. To value your claim requires a comprehensive investigation into the facts.
What industries in Alabama exposed workers to asbestos?
Countless industries in Alabama used asbestos-containing products in the past. The industries where employees or contractors may have been exposed to asbestos include, but are not limited to:
- Chemical companies
- Tire manufacturing
- Oil refineries
- Power plants
- Manufacturing facilities
- Military facilities
- Paper mills
- Metal works
How Long Do You Have to File a Mesothelioma Claim?
The statute of limitations in Alabama allows for two years from the day of being diagnosed with the disease. The case of Griffin v. Unocal Corp changed the way these cases could be brought against a negligent company. The law now allows cases to be filed based on a discovery rule, rather than the earlier process which was the date of last exposure – which barred many people who were suffering the consequences of asbestos exposure from filing a claim or lawsuit.
How Do I Know if My Disease was Caused by Asbestos Exposure?
If you have developed mesothelioma, the condition is caused by exposure to asbestos fibers. However, to file a claim, a medical professional must confirm your condition. Talk to your doctor, explain your work history and any exposure to asbestos, and get any testing ordered that can confirm that you have developed mesothelioma. The disease must be confirmed by a medical doctor before filing a claim.
Why Do I Need a Lawyer?
Mesothelioma is a deadly cancer that is caused by inhaling asbestos fibers. Employers who allowed their workers to be exposed to this cancer-causing substance were negligent and must be held accountable for the losses associated with the disease. Your Alabama mesothelioma lawyer will perform a full investigation into the facts, where you were exposed, and identify all liable parties to file a claim or lawsuit.
Do the Lawyers Advertising for Mesothelioma Claims Litigate Cases?
You may be surprised to find out that many firms that advertise on TV or radio do not actually do the legal work involved in litigating a mesothelioma claim. You are far better served by a law firm that has extensive experience in these legal cases, and a record of achieving favorable outcomes, rather than a firm that brokers “leads” to other firms.
Can I get Workers’ Compensation Benefits for Mesothelioma?
Workers have the right to benefits through the Alabama Workers’ Compensation system when injured at work, or developing a work-related illness, including toxic exposure. To be eligible for benefits, it must be established that the exposure occurred in a work environment. The company may be out of business, may have been sold to another entity, or may have filed bankruptcy. It may or may not be possible to get benefits through the agency, but you do have the right to file a personal injury claim against all liable parties.
How Long Do I Have to File a Claim?
The Alabama statute of limitations allows for two years from a diagnosis of mesothelioma in which to file a claim. The law also allows for cases of mesothelioma in family members who were exposed to asbestos when a worker brought the fibers into the home on clothing or other materials.
Contact Levy Konigsberg at (800) 315-3806 if you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma in Alabama.
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