If you have suffered from a serious medical condition after being exposed to asbestos – even if symptoms surfaced years later — you may be wondering if you are eligible for compensation. The quickest and easiest way to determine eligibility and what options you have is to consult with an asbestos lawyer.

Everyone’s situation is different. You may deserve compensation for lost wages, medical expenses, disability, and pain and suffering. Or your loved one may have died from exposure to asbestos, leaving your family without financial support. With proper advice from an asbestos lawyer, you can decide if filing a claim or lawsuit is right for your circumstances. If you meet eligibility requirements, there are several options to get the funds you need.

Get Money Without Filing a Lawsuit

Exposure alone does not make a person eligible to file a claim, but with the proper documentation — proof of exposure, a documented work history, and an asbestos-related medical diagnosis (such as mesothelioma or lung cancer) — you could receive compensation..

The easiest way to make an asbestos claim is to speak to an asbestos attorney. You want to work with one who’s experienced in submitting asbestos claims. AsbestosClaims.Law works on contingency, meaning you don’t have to risk or pay out anything. There is no retainer, and if you don’t receive compensation, you owe nothing. Doesn’t get much easier than that!

However, often cases are strong, and the asbestos industry is obviously at fault, so many victims have received compensation from an asbestos bankruptcy trust fund or a claim through worker’s compensation, social security, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, or other parties. Other victims have received money by filing personal injury lawsuits and families of loved ones who have died from an asbestos-related illness have been awarded money through a wrongful death lawsuit.

Where Your Compensation May Come From

AsbestosClaims.Law will help you decide what the best avenue for compensation is based on your situation. Briefly, the following options are available:

· Asbestos Bankruptcy Trust Fund Claim

Asbestos bankruptcy trusts, which today hold more than $30 billion in unused funds, were established by courts to hold asbestos companies liable and pay out claims related to illnesses caused by exposure to asbestos. They are perhaps the fastest method of compensation because they do not involve a lawsuit. Your lawyer can negotiate to ensure fair compensation for your illness.

· Workers Compensation Claim

If you were exposed to asbestos on the job, otherwise known as occupational exposure, you can file a worker’s compensation claim. This is a type of insurance specifically for those injured on the job and illness from asbestos is often considered to be work-related.

· Veteran’s Disability Claim

If you have a military service-related medical diagnosis resulting from asbestos exposure, you may be eligible for compensation from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Thousands of veterans have been exposed to asbestos during their service. This is another easy option because the newly expanded PACT act automatically supports claims for veterans.

· Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) 

If you have worked and paid taxes and are now disabled due to an asbestos-related illness, you may be eligible for social security disability insurance (SSDI) benefits. Mesothelioma and some other asbestos-related diseases are on the Social Security Administration’s list of qualifying illnesses. 

· Supplemental Security Income (SSI) 

If you have few assets (money and property) and are diagnosed with an asbestos-related illness, you may be eligible for supplemental security income (SSI). This program is also administered by the Social Security Administration. Check with your lawyer at AsbestosClaims.law for income and asset guidelines. 

· FELA Claims 

The Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) was established in 1908 to protect and compensate railroad workers injured on the job. The law permits railroad workers to receive compensation from their employers for health problems relating to asbestos exposure at work. Employees must file a lawsuit within three years of becoming aware of an asbestos-related illness. 

· Maritime Claims 

The Merchant Marine Act of 1920 is a federal law that established the U.S. merchant marine. It also extended the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) to seaman and offshore workers who are injured on the job. It permits workers with asbestos-related health problems to receive compensation from their employers through a personal injury lawsuit.

· Personal Injury Lawsuit

Victims often sue asbestos companies or employers when they have been exposed to asbestos without notification or given personal protective equipment (PPE) and later develop an illness. While lawsuits often result from occupational exposure, victims can also sue if they became ill after being exposed to asbestos products or through second-hand exposure, such as breathing in particles brought home from a workplace. Your AsbestosClaims.Law lawyer will help you determine whether its best to file a claim or pursue a lawsuit.

· Wrongful Death Lawsuit

If your family member died from an asbestos-related illness, you may want to file a wrongful death lawsuit. Children and spouses are often entitled to compensation based on lost income and emotional support, and other hardships resulting from the death of a family member. Again, AsbestosClaims.Law lawyer will help you determine whether its best to file a claim or pursue a lawsuit. 

Let AsbestosClaims.Law Help You and Your Family

For years the asbestos industry knew that breathing in the hazardous substance could cause serious health problems. Asbestos companies did not warn consumers about the dangers for decades and were eventually deemed negligent.

If you have questions and aren’t sure which option is best for you, consider referencing a database like W.A.R.D., which is the largest repository of asbestos information on the planet! It has documents and extensive details of asbestos-contaminated workplaces, companies and products (even ones that no longer exist) and this information can help you prove exposure quickly, without any delay. For more information, discuss your options with an asbestos attorney.

If you have received a medical diagnosis resulting from asbestos exposure and if you are feeling unwell, your AsbestosClaims.Law lawyer can help simplify the process by filing all of the necessary paperwork for you so you can get the money you deserve. AsbestosClaims.Law has helped many other victims who have fallen ill, even years after exposure to asbestos. If you are one of these victims, let us help you get the compensation you deserve.

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