Mesothelioma trials: a risk-benefit analysis
If you have recently been diagnosed with mesothelioma and are considering your legal options, there are a lot of questions to ask. Three main concerns come up for many people considering a mesothelioma trial: the cost, the stress that a trial can bring, and how quickly you will be able to get your compensation.
With over twenty years of experience successfully prosecuting negligent companies on behalf of men and women with mesothelioma, Weitz & Luxenberg is able to answer some common concerns many people suffering from mesothelioma have about the possibility of going to trial.
We'd like to address these concerns, and if you find that the benefits of seeking compensation for your asbestos exposure outweigh the risks, Weitz & Luxenberg is there to help you get the money for the care you need, when you need it. We are here to represent your best interests, and work with you. We hope the following information will be helpful.
Cost: what will a mesothelioma trial cost me?
Nothing. You will never lose any money by seeking compensation from the companies that exposed you to asbestos. Weitz & Luxenberg works on a contingency basis, which means that you only pay us if we win a verdict or settlement that benefits you. There are never any charges while the case is active.
At no point do you pay the firm any money of your own. All case expenses and legal fees are deducted from the verdict or settlement, and you still receive the majority of the sum that the jury awards you or the company settles on. In the worst case scenario, you receive no compensation, and Weitz & Luxenberg absorbs the cost of legal fees.
What about quality of life? Will a mesothelioma trial add stress to a bad situation?
Although it is your case and we merely represent you, much of the work we do for you will not require effort on your part. Mesothelioma, like most cancer, takes an enormous toll on your strength, energy, and ability to travel. We respect the physical limitations cancer imposes, so we try to keep your involvement in the case as stress-free as possible.
One of the benefits of working with a large law firm like Weitz & Luxenberg is that we have the resources to help you with travel expenses when you need to be physically present, and we are able to send our lawyers to you, to make the process as convenient for you as possible.
How can I get compensation as soon as possible?
Mesothelioma starts costing you from the very first diagnostic test. Cancer is expensive, no matter the situation, but mesothelioma is especially difficult because asbestos diseases often take years to develop, and survivors' costs can be extreme.
In a 2005 press release from the Alliance of Doctors and Mesothelioma Patients, the alliance states:
“Dr. Bret Williams, also a mesothelioma survivor, and Klaus Brauch, another survivor, have furnished data showing that younger patients who pursue novel treatments both live longer and absorb more treatment costs.”(http://www.thefreelibrary.com/Alliance+of+Doctors+and+Mesothelioma+Patients+Call+on+Congress+to...-a0133677559)
According to the Toxicological Profile for Asbestos by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, put out in Sept. 2001, “the latency periods are generally 20 years or more for lung cancer and 30 years or more for mesothelioma due to asbestos exposure.” (http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/toxprofiles/tp61.pdf)
So mesothelioma takes years to develop, and progresses rapidly: “Mesothelioma is an aggressive and deadly form of cancer.” (http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/mesothelioma/DS00779) You can get treatment as aggressive as the cancer itself, if doctors diagnose it early. Seeking compensation through a mesothelioma trial is an excellent way to ensure that you can pay for the very best medical care.
Mesothelioma trials: the benefits outweigh the risks
A mesothelioma trial is not the trial it may seem. Your real fight is the one against cancer, and Weitz & Luxenberg lawyers can help you in that fight, by securing a verdict or settlement from the company that made you sick, allowing you to pay for the treatments you need, and give your family a measure of financial security.
Call Weitz & Luxenberg today or fill out a form for your free legal consultation.
http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/toxprofiles/tp61.pdf: Toxicological Profile for Asbestos, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Sept. 2001, Appendix F, F-41