How much time do I have to file a mesothelioma lawsuit?
The law provides a limited amount of time to file a mesothelioma lawsuit. If you do not bring your case within this time limit—called the “statute of limitations”—you may never be able to seek compensation for your mesothelioma. It is critically important to act quickly. Each state is different but, in general, you have one (1) to three (3) years from the date of diagnosis to file a lawsuit.
How can I afford to pursue a mesothelioma lawsuit?
You will have no out-of-pocket costs when you hire Baron & Budd to represent you. We will handle your case on a contingency fee basis. This means that you owe no legal fees or expenses unless, if and when, we get compensation for you. If we are not successful, 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.
Can I file a mesothelioma lawsuit if I already filed and won a 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 people with mesothelioma are surprised when their doctor suggests that their cancer was caused by asbestos. So it is not unusual if you do not know the timing and source of your exposure. It is your attorney’s job to review your work history and the work history of other family members in order to investigate how you might have been exposed. This is not work that you have to do alone.
Do you sue the military?
No. If your exposure occurred during military service we sue the responsible party – the manufacturers who knowingly supplied asbestos-containing products to the military.
Do I have to travel to file a lawsuit?
No, you do not have to travel. We come to you and make it as easy as possible to file a lawsuit so that you can put your health needs first. If your case is filed in a state other than the one in which you live, then you might have to travel to this state for trial. You will not have to travel for any other reason.
Do I have to go to trial?
You will never be forced to go to trial.
Baron & Budd has an excellent track record of pushing the defendants (the companies we sue on your behalf) to settle rather than go through a trial. However, in a few instances, we do take cases to trial in order to get the compensation you deserve. The decision 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.
What happens if the companies that caused my exposure to asbestos are bankrupt?
Your potential for compensation is not lost if the companies responsible for your exposure to asbestos have filed bankruptcy. Baron & Budd has been a national leader in making sure that bankrupt companies, like Halliburton, set up funds to compensate people with mesothelioma. As a result, we are more familiar with these funds than other law firms. Our attorneys will evaluate your case and file claims on your behalf through the bankruptcy trusts if you are eligible for such compensation.
What kind of money can I expect from a lawsuit?
Because every case is unique, no attorney can “promise” you how much compensation you will receive, or even guarantee that you will receive compensation. After we have fully investigated your case, we’ll advise you as to what we hope to be able to achieve. Baron & Budd is proud of our successful track record and we can promise you that we will fight as hard as possible to get you the compensation you deserve.
Can I file a lawsuit for a loved one who has passed?
Yes — most states allow the spouse and family members of a person who has passed away from mesothelioma to pursue a case for their loved one. This is called a wrongful death claim. There is a limit on the amount of time you have to file a lawsuit, and in some states a probate court must first officially name the 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.
Why should I hire Baron & Budd?
Baron & Budd is an active law firm, meaning that we actually handle the legal aspects of most of the cases we take on as opposed to simply marketing for cases and then farming them out to other firms. This is an important distinction. Also Baron & Budd has almost 35 years of experience handling mesothelioma cases and a long track record of success. As a result, we have the depth of resources to tackle the big companies that might have exposed you to asbestos.