How much time do I have to file a lawsuit for mesothelioma?
By law, there is a limited time period to file a mesothelioma lawsuit. If you do not file a lawsuit within this time period, known as the “statute of limitations,” you will never be able to seek compensation for you or your family member’s mesothelioma cancer. It is critically important to act quickly. The time limit in each state is different but, in general, most patients and families have one to three years from the date of diagnosis to file a mesothelioma lawsuit. To learn more about what the statute is in your state, contact us here or call us at 1.866.855.1229.
How can I afford to hire a lawyer for my mesothelioma lawsuit?
When you hire Baron & Budd, you will have no out-of-pocket expenses upfront. Our mesothelioma lawyers will handle your lawsuit on a contingency fee basis. This means that you owe our firm no expenses or legal fees unless, if and when, we obtain compensation for you. If our lawyers are not successful, then you pay nothing. If we are successful, we receive our legal fees as a percentage of compensation we get for you. We are also reimbursed for court costs and litigation expenses. For a list of our firm’s case results, click here.
Can I file a lawsuit for mesothelioma cancer if I already filed and won a previous lawsuit for asbestosis?
The laws of several states allow a person with a second asbestos-related illness such as mesothelioma to file a lawsuit, even if you previously had a lawsuit for another asbestos-related disease. Baron & Budd is proud to have helped protect the rights of asbestos claimants who have suffered from a second asbestos-related illness by convincing courts in Texas, Iowa and Florida to recognize a second lawsuit for asbestos cancer.
Can I file a lawsuit if I don’t know how I was exposed to asbestos?
Many patients dealing with mesothelioma cancer are surprised to learn that their cancer was caused by asbestos exposure, so it is not unusual if you are not aware of the precise timing and source of your asbestos exposure. It is your mesothelioma lawyer’s job to carefully review your work history and the work history of your other family members to see how you might have been exposed to asbestos. This is not work that you have to do alone. Our lawyers have more than 35 years of experience handling this sort of investigative work.
Do you ever sue the military?
No. If your asbestos exposure occurred during military service, our lawyers sue the responsible party: the manufacturers who knowingly supplied asbestos-containing products to the military.
Do I have to travel to file a mesothelioma lawsuit?
No, you will likely not have to travel. Our lawyers will come to you and make it as easy as possible to handle all aspects of a lawsuit while you focus on your health and your family’s needs. If your lawsuit is filed in a different state than the one you live in, then it is possible that you may have to travel to that state for trial, if your case reaches the trial phase. You will not have to travel for any other reason. Our mesothelioma lawyers will work closely with you throughout the entire process.
Do I have to go to trial?
You will not be forced to go to a jury trial under any circumstances.
Our mesothelioma lawyers have an excellent track record of convincing the the company or companies involved in your lawsuit to settle rather than go all the way to a jury trial. However, in a few circumstances, our lawyers do take lawsuits all the way to trial in order to obtain the compensation you may deserve for your cancer diagnosis. The decision whether to go to trial or not is made on a case-by-case basis with your unique situation in mind. You will always be a part of the process. Our lawyers always strive to help you make the best possible decisions in your case.
What happens if the companies that are responsible for my asbestos exposure have filed for bankruptcy?
If the company (or companies) responsible for your asbestos exposure have gone bankrupt, that does not mean that you cannot obtain compensation for your mesothelioma. Baron & Budd has been a national leader in working with bankrupt companies, like Halliburton, to set up funds to compensate patients with mesothelioma. As a result, we are more familiar with these funds than many other law firms. Our lawyers will carefully evaluate your lawsuit and file claims on your behalf through the asbestos bankruptcy trusts if you are eligible for such compensation. Learn more about what bankruptcies mean to your case.
What kind of money can I expect to get from a mesothelioma lawsuit?
Because every situation is unique, no lawyer can “promise” how much compensation you will receive, or even guarantee that you will receive compensation as part of the lawsuit. After we have fully investigated every aspect of your lawsuit, our lawyers will advise you as to what we hope to be able to achieve. Our firm is proud of our 35-year positive track record and we can promise you that we will fight as hard as possible to obtain compensation for you.
Can I file a mesothelioma lawsuit for a loved one who has already passed away?
Yes — many states allow the spouse and family members of a patient who has already passed away from mesothelioma cancer to pursue a lawsuit on behalf of their loved one. This is known as a wrongful death claim in legal terms. There is a deadline on the amount of time you have to file a mesothelioma lawsuit, and in some states a probate court must first officially name a personal representative of the estate of the deceased person. It is therefore important to take action as soon as you can to make sure your legal rights are protected. Learn more about what the time limits for lawsuits mean for you.
Why should I hire the mesothelioma lawyers at Baron & Budd?
Baron & Budd is an active law firm, meaning that we actually handle the legal aspects of most of the cases we sign up as opposed to simply marketing for cases and then sending them out to other firms. This is an important distinction. Also our law firm has more than 35 years of experience handling mesothelioma lawsuits and an established track record of success for clients. As a result, we have the depth of resources to tackle the big companies that might have exposed you to asbestos. Our firm was one of the first law firms founded specifically to protect the rights of asbestos victims.