The public has many misconceptions about asbestos lawsuits and what your rights are when it comes to a mesothelioma cancer diagnosis. Here are some quick reference answers to some of the common misconceptions or myths about asbestos lawsuits.

I can’t afford to pay for a mesothelioma lawsuit.

Wrong. You are not required to pay any up-front costs when you hire the mesothelioma lawyers at Baron & Budd to represent you. Our firm handles every mesothelioma lawsuit on a contingency fee basis, meaning that you do not owe any legal fees or costs unless we obtain compensation for you. Our lawyers do not get paid for their services if they do not achieve compensation for you. If our attorneys achieve a positive result for you, then they receive their legal fee as a percentage of your total case result, as well as any costs incurred during the case, such as filing fees or other litigation costs. Learn more about contingency fees here.

You cannot file a second lawsuit for asbestos disease, such as mesothelioma if you have previously filed a lawsuit for asbestosis.

Wrong. The law in many states allows a mesothelioma patient to file a new lawsuit after being diagnosed with a second asbestos-related disease, such as mesothelioma, even if a lawsuit for the first disease was previously filed and a positive result was obtained. The mesothelioma attorneys at Baron and Budd have represented numerous mesothelioma patients who have previously suffered from a different asbestos disease. Our firm has successfully handled these types of lawsuits in various states, such as Florida, Iowa and Texas. Because of the firm’s work on these types of cases, several other states have ruled in favor of the mesothelioma patient to file a second lawsuit. You can learn more about filing a second asbestos lawsuit for mesothelioma here.

My family member has already passed away from mesothelioma cancer, so it must be too late to file a lawsuit.

In most states, family members are allowed to pursue a lawsuit on behalf of someone who has already passed away from mesothelioma. However, legal action needs to be taken immediately, as there is a time limit to file a mesothelioma lawsuit after a family member has passed away. Don’t miss the opportunity to fight back with a mesothelioma lawsuit. Call our attorneys at 1.866.855.1229 today to see what the time limit is in your state.

I don’t know how I was exposed to asbestos, so I cannot pursue a mesothelioma lawsuit.

Many patients are surprised to find out that their mesothelioma was caused by exposure to asbestos. Many times, patients have been subjected to something called “bystander exposure.” This means that you can be subject to harmful asbestos exposure just from being in the same vicinity as a product containing asbestos. In fact, many cases of mesothelioma have been diagnosed in people who just visited work sites, but did not actually handle the asbestos-containing products directly. Also, second-hand asbestos exposure can occur if someone close to you has worked with or around asbestos products and later carries the material home on his or her clothing, shoes or hair. Learn more about second-hand asbestos exposure here.

The companies responsible for my asbestos exposure are bankrupt, so that means I cannot receive compensation.

Not true. Although many asbestos companies have filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection within the last few decades, asbestos bankruptcy trusts were established by the court system to compensate asbestos patients. If the companies responsible for your mesothelioma are bankrupt, then your mesothelioma lawyer will file a claim with the asbestos bankruptcy trust on your behalf to achieve compensation.