FAQs About Mesothelioma And Asbestos Claims

If you've been diagnosed with mesothelioma or another asbestos disease, you probably have many questions. At Richardson, Patrick, Westbrook & Brickman, we are here to help you find answers.

Our lawyers have been advocating for the rights of asbestos victims and their families since the 1970s. We want to be your legal counselors and your guides during this difficult time. To discuss your situation in detail, please call us at 866-594-8765 to be connected directly with an asbestos attorney. Consultations are free.

I Have Heard About Class Action Suits. Am I Part Of A Class Or Can I Sue As An Individual?

Mesothelioma cases are not particularly suited to class action treatment because each mesothelioma case is different. We believe that all mesothelioma cases are unique. Your case will be handled on an individual basis.

I Have Been Diagnosed With Mesothelioma, But Do Not Know When Or How I Was Exposed To Asbestos. Do I Need A Lawyer?

Yes. You need to speak to an attorney. The only known cause of mesothelioma is asbestos exposure. Mesothelioma victims are entitled to compensation from the companies that made the products to which they were exposed.

  • An attorney will help you sort through the thousands of products that contained asbestos to determine how you may have been exposed and who made the products that may have exposed you.
  • Mesothelioma can take decades to manifest itself and many times victims may have difficulty determining when, where and how they were exposed. A skilled attorney can help guide you through this process.
  • Obtaining compensation from asbestos companies can be a difficult, complex and time-consuming process. You need an advocate willing to fight for what is right for you and your family.

How Much Will A Lawsuit Cost?

Your initial consultation is free. If you have a case, our fee is based on a percentage of the compensation we obtain for you. Our fees are charged on a contingency basis. If we do not prevail, you owe us no attorney's fee. The risk is ours.

How Long Will My Case Last?

No two cases are alike and the time it takes to resolve a case can vary based on a number of factors including:

  • The state where the case is filed
  • The case's complexity
  • Items of contention

A typical case may take anywhere from one to three years to reach trial.

What Can I Expect In A Verdict Or Settlement?

Settlement values and jury verdicts vary widely depending on many facts. There is no way to predict at the outset the total value of your case. Generally, mesothelioma cases have settlement or verdict values ranging from several hundred thousand dollars to several million dollars, depending on the facts of each case.

A Loved One Recently Passed Away From Mesothelioma. Is It Too Late To Seek Compensation?

Not necessarily. In most states, there is a statute of limitations that governs how long a person has to file a lawsuit. That time varies from state to state and can be as little as one year in some states. Lawsuits not filed in a timely fashion may be barred. This is another reason it is important to consult an attorney immediately.

My Prognosis Is Poor. If I Cannot Come To Court, Will The Case Go On?

The simple answer is yes. If you are unable to appear at trial, we will videotape your testimony to show the jury. Should you become incapacitated or unable to participate in the case, your family can continue the case.

Do You Represent People From My State?

Yes. We have represented mesothelioma victims and their families across the country as counsel or co-counsel, depending on the state. We have developed a national network of co-counsel and can work with you regardless of your geographic location. We have successfully represented individuals in more than 30 states, plus the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Contact Us To Learn More

For more information about your situation, contact our law offices. Our lawyers will review the facts of your situation and advise you of your legal rights and options. Our offices are located in South Carolina — Charleston, Mount Pleasant and Barnwell — and in Edwardsville, Illinois. Call 866-594-8765 to get started.