Alabama Asbestos/Mesothelioma Claim
Filing a lawsuit for mesothelioma or asbestos-related illness can enable you to recover monetary damages for your medical costs, lost wages as well as pain and suffering. Depending upon the circumstances of the case, one of two different types of lawsuits will be filed. If you’ve been diagnosed with mesothelioma, then you would be able to file what is called a personal injury lawsuit. A personal injury lawsuit is a tort type of lawsuit that alleges some kind of damage to the person typically as a result of negligence. On the other hand, if the victim of mesothelioma or asbestos-related illness is deceased, then a family member may file a wrongful death action on their behalf. A wrongful death action is also a tort lawsuit, but it seeks to recover damages for the wrongful death of another person as a result of negligence.
Options For Obtaining Compensation
In addition to the various types of lawsuits for mesothelioma and asbestos-related illness, there are also various routes of recovery. In addition to the court system, you also have the option to pursue benefits through a bankruptcy trust, workers’ compensation and veteran’s benefits. Each of these options has its own advantages and disadvantages.
Litigation. Of course, if you’ve been diagnosed with mesothelioma or asbestos-related illness, you can file a lawsuit with the court system. If it’s successful, your claim will likely result in either a settlement award or a jury award.
Bankruptcy Trusts. Because so many asbestos manufacturers were forced to declare bankruptcy, many of these companies were ordered by the courts to form what are called mesothelioma compensation funds, which are trust funds that are intended to provide compensation for people with mesothelioma or asbestos-related illness.
Workers’ Compensation Benefits. If you were exposed to asbestos while on the job, you might be able to file for benefits under Alabama’s workers’ compensation system.
Veteran’s Benefits. If you were exposed to asbestos while in the military, you may be able to file a claim for veteran’s benefits.
Consult With An Attorney Before Moving Forward
Claims for mesothelioma and asbestos-related illness are complex matters. Before deciding on the course of action that is best for your case, call the lawyers of the Barclay Law Group today for a free case evaluation.