Compensation for Occupational Asbestos Exposure: Frequently Asked Questions
If you plan to claim compensation for occupational asbestos exposure, you may have some questions about the process. This legal guide covers some frequently asked questions.
How long does it take to receive compensation for occupational asbestos exposure?Your counsel would not be able to guarantee a precise date, but it is fair to estimate a time frame of a few months until the first payment. This estimation applies to claims against asbestos bankruptcy trust funds. In cases demanding litigation, the process may last a few years. Keep in mind that each case is different, some may take longer to receive compensation than others.
What kind of damages can asbestos compensation for wrongful death cover?In a case of a wrongful death due to occupational asbestos exposure, the compensation will include two types of damages: those experienced by the injured persons, from the moment of diagnosis to their last moments and those that affect the family.
In the unfortunate case the claimant dies, will the family benefit from financial compensation?If you filed a claim with one or multiple asbestos trust funds and received compensation for your injury, your family would continue to receive the same amount of money after your death. Moreover, there are other processes which allow your family members to receive financial help in the unfortunate case you are no longer able to sustain them.
Can someone claim financial compensation for secondary asbestos exposure?Asbestos exposure affects not only those who worked with the material day-to-day but can lead to family members of workers developing asbestos-related conditions as a result of so-called secondary or bystander exposure to asbestos.
Those affected by secondary asbestos exposure are eligible for compensation. Although the legal process in a secondary asbestos exposure case is challenging, counsel specializing in asbestos cases will be able to help significantly.
To successfully pursue a secondary asbestos exposure case, the attorney will need access to the work history of the family member who was directly exposed to asbestos on the job and to the medical records of the injured person, clearly stating the diagnosis.
Can someone receive compensation for out of pocket expenses incurred before the final settlement?After filing a claim for occupational asbestos exposure claim, it may take a few months before the compensation checks arrive. During this time, you must record any illness-related expenses to help your attorney obtain an excellent compensation on your behalf.