- Economic damages
- Non-economic damages
- Punitive damages
- Wrongful death damages
- Workers’ compensation
Looking To The Law For Help After A Melothelioma Diagnosis
The news that you have mesothelioma or other asbestos-related injuries and illnesses must be a shocking event in your life. After that bombshell, however, you will probably soon feel the trickle of expenses, costs, and damages. You might be left to wonder how the legal process can help you recover for these losses. In another article, we examined how successful victims of mesothelioma and asbestos across Illinois and the nation were in obtaining jury awards and settlements. You can read more about that here. Now, we want to explain to you why mesothelioma victims recover anything at all and the specific injuries that they general recover for.
Why Do Mesothelioma Victims Seek Compensation In Court?
Mesothelioma victims have specific injuries and they are injuries that courts of law uniquely recognize. Here is an overview of those broad categories:
This is normally the starting point for any case. Generally, a defendant’s wrongful conduct will cause you to incur substantial out-of-pocket expenses (i.e. medical, legal, financial) and these are absolutely recoverable in court.
After any injury, you might find that your life has changed and probably not for the better. This is an intangible injury but it is no less real. It affects your quality of life, standard of living, and self-esteem. Courts afford you the right to seek reimbursement for this, normally under various monikers such as pain and suffering, disability, etc.
If a defendant’s wrongful conduct is so flagrant, so extreme, so reckless, then the law might allow you to seek and recover punitive damages. These are not meant so much to reimburse you for anything that you lost as much as they are designed to punish a particular defendant. Additionally, they are meant to try and deter others from acting similarly.
Wrongful Death Damages:
The death of a spouse or loved one can create particular injury and damages. In most instances, laws allow you to seek compensation if this happens and recover for the financial, supportive, and other ways in which you lost because of the death.
While this is not a legal route because you do not receive workers’ compensation through litigation, laws still allow you to recover if you have been hurt on the job. There is a codified, no-fault system set up in Illinois and other states if this happens to you.
What Specific Injuries Do Mesothelioma Victims Suffer?
- Missed work and the corresponding lost wages.
- Extraordinary medical bills.
- Lost chances to invest or work in other ways.
- Decreased quality of life (think all the time in hospitals!)
- Pain and suffering as you deal with the cancer and treatments that come with it like chemotherapy and radiation.
- Punitive damages if your employer knew about the possibility of asbestos exposure.
- Punitive damages if the product manufacturer/distributor/etc. knew of the danger of mesothelioma or asbestos within the product.
- Lost income and support that a spouse or loved ones incur because of the decedent’s death from mesothelioma.
Call Us To Find Out What Your Mesothelioma Case Could Be Worth
“What is my mesothelioma case worth?” This is probably your most important question and we can help you answer it if you contact our offices. Plus, we can show you all the ways that we can be of service to you at no cost until the lawsuit is over. Call our offices today and a member of the Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers will begin working to obtain your recovery immediately.
For additional information see the following pages:
- How Much Have Other Mesothelioma Victims Received In Court?
- How Much Time do I Have To File A Mesothelioma Case?
- What Are The Facts on Mesothelioma?
- What Are The Laws Surrounding Mesothelioma Cases?
- What Kind of Mesothelioma Cases Are There?
- What Should I do If I Have Mesothelioma?
- What Tools Are There For Mesothelioma Victims?