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A reputable mesothelioma lawyer will help you receive compensation to pay for treatments, living expenses and other costs related to your mesothelioma diagnosis. The ideal mesothelioma lawyer or law firm should have a solid track record of top jury awards and mesothelioma settlement amounts, demonstrating their familiarity with asbestos laws and litigation in your state.

Finding an experienced mesothelioma lawyer is crucial to getting the compensation you deserve. A good mesothelioma lawyer should have drive, dedication and determination to fight hard on your behalf, for the best financial compensation possible, all while demonstrating compassion and understanding for you and your family as you go through the legal process together.

01. How a Lawyer Can Help

How a Mesothelioma Lawyer Can Help You

Whether you’re a patient diagnosed with mesothelioma or a family member looking after someone who has been diagnosed, there are many ways that a mesothelioma lawyer can help you. From simply providing information on how to pursue legal action to performing detailed research, a good lawyer can offer assistance at any step during the legal process.

  • A Free Consultation: A reputable lawyer will offer you a free case review, which will offer insight into your eligibility for a case, options for compensation and details on how to move forward with the process, if you decide to file a mesothelioma lawsuit.
  • Available Compensation: A mesothelioma attorney can help you understand the many types of financial compensation that may be available to you, including settlements, verdicts and asbestos trust fund claims.
  • Focused Legal Support: Mesothelioma lawyers have experience handling similar asbestos cases, understand past successful trials and current trials, as well as have knowledge on how to build the most effective cases.
  • Research Assistance: Your lawyer can help you gather a variety of information to support your case, including employment, union, military, residential and medical records as evidence of asbestos exposure. They will also help you with depositions and witness or expert testimonies to support your case. A mesothelioma lawyer will also have experience gathering evidence for mesothelioma cases where time and cause of exposure are unknown.
  • Venue Selection: A mesothelioma lawyer will coordinate scheduling and location needs to determine where your claim should be submitted and where your legal proceedings will be held.
  • Case Management: Your mesothelioma lawyer will manage your case, performing necessary research and handlings, while keeping you informed on any potential developments. Effective case management will give you and your family the opportunity to focus on treatment, often allowing you to avoid travel and court appearances, as well.
A Great Mesothelioma Lawyer Should Be

A great mesothelioma lawyer is compassionate, understanding and sensitive to what you and your family are going through. They will take the time to understand your situation, listen to the concerns you have and comprehend the problems and complications you are facing. If your attorney is not willing to sit down and understand how asbestos exposure has affected your life, then find one who will.


The best mesothelioma attorneys focus exclusively on asbestos litigation. In doing so, they develop expertise with all matters of asbestos law. Having a solid grasp of both federal and state asbestos laws, they will be able to advise you properly about the best venue in which to file your complaint and they can provide you with a realistic estimate of how much you might be eligible to receive for a settlement.


Putting together a mesothelioma lawsuit takes time and a lot of hard work. Only the best lawyers will have the proper resources to pull together the required information, documentation, testimony, affidavits, complaints and other materials necessary to build a solid case for you. Having the right resources available ensures that your case will be handled efficiently and will help you to receive compensation quickly.


Only highly experienced mesothelioma lawyers win the largest settlements for their clients. Look for an attorney who has a documented proven track record with handling asbestos-related cases when seeking compensation for your injury.


Great mesothelioma attorneys are recognized by their peers and national organizations like Martindale-Hubbell for their excellence in going above and beyond to fight for their clients’ legal rights. Settle for nothing less than a lawyer you can trust, a lawyer who can deliver results and a lawyer who is recognized by industry leaders and peers.

02. Understanding the Law

Mesothelioma and the Law

There are many legal questions that you may have when considering filing a mesothelioma claim and throughout the legal process. Below is a list of questions to consider, as well as resources to better your understanding. A mesothelioma lawyer can also provide you with personalized advice for your individual case.

  • Why should I file a lawsuit?
  • Will I have my own lawsuit or be part of a class action?
  • What state should I file my lawsuit in?
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  • What types of compensation are available for patients?
  • Can I receive more than one type of compensation?
  • Can family members receive compensation?
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Asbestos Claims
  • What types of asbestos-related claims are available?
  • How do I file an asbestos claim?
  • What deadlines exist for asbestos claims?
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Statute of Limitations
  • What is a personal injury statute of limitations?
  • What is a wrongful death statute of limitations?
  • How do mesothelioma statutes vary by state?
Learn MoreLearn About Statute of Limitations
Laws & Regulations
  • What asbestos safety laws do companies have to follow?
  • What government agencies regulate the use of asbestos?
  • Why isn’t asbestos banned in the U.S.?
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Mesothelioma Settlements
  • What is the average mesothelioma settlement?
  • What is the process to obtaining a settlement?
  • What is the difference between a settlement and verdict?
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03. Top Mesothelioma Law Firms

Top Mesothelioma Law Firms in the U.S.

It’s crucial for patients to choose a lawyer with experience in mesothelioma litigation. The best asbestos lawyers work for national mesothelioma law firms, granting them access to a range of resources and information that smaller, less experienced lawyers are unlikely to have, giving you the best chance at gaining the compensation you deserve.

Early, Lucarelli, Sweeney and Meisenkothen is a national law firm recognized for its representation of over 3,000 hard-working men and women who have been exposed to asbestos and diagnosed with mesothelioma. ELSM’s experience in asbestos litigation spans four decades.

At The Gori Law Firm, we have handled hundreds of mesothelioma lawsuits on behalf of people throughout the United States. This experience allows us to choose jurisdiction in which to file your case based on many factors including, but not limited to, state of residence, job sites and previous and current employers.

As one of the nation’s leading mesothelioma law firms, Simmons Hanly Conroy has a proven track record. Every mesothelioma lawyer at the firm is committed to helping families affected by mesothelioma and asbestos-related diseases.

04. Common Questions

Common Questions About Mesothelioma Lawyers

When should I hire a mesothelioma lawyer?

Mesothelioma patients and family members must file a claim within a certain amount of time after their diagnosis or death. It’s best to get in contact with a mesothelioma lawyer as soon as possible to ensure eligibility for compensation.

Am I eligible to file a mesothelioma lawsuit?

Mesothelioma patients or their loved ones may be able to file a lawsuit if a death or diagnosis has occurred as a result of asbestos exposure. Claims must be filed within a certain amount of time, according to each state’s statute of limitations.

Why should I hire a mesothelioma attorney?

A mesothelioma law firm is experienced in handling mesothelioma- and asbestos-related lawsuits. They have knowledge regarding eligibility and requirements for filing an asbestos lawsuit.

How much does it cost to hire a mesothelioma lawyer?

Many mesothelioma law firms offer free consultations and only require payment if you receive compensation. A percentage of the awarded compensation is typically agreed upon between the lawyer and claimant as payment.

How long will it take to receive compensation after I hire a lawyer?

Compensation timelines vary by case. Claimants may receive compensation within a month. However, payouts could take over one year, so claimants should file a claim as soon as possible.

Can a mesothelioma lawyer help with asbestos bankruptcy trust filings?

Over 30 billion dollars has been set aside through more than 65 asbestos trusts in order to compensate mesothelioma victims.  A knowledgeable mesothelioma lawyer will be able to take the individual facts of your case and then know exactly which trusts to apply to and what amount of money to ask for.
Jennifer is a legal advisor and contributor to
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Jennifer Lucarelli Legal Advisor and Contributor

Jennifer Lucarelli is a partner at the law firm of Early, Lucarelli, Sweeney & Meisenkothen, specializing in asbestos litigation.

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Linda Molinari has more than 15 years of experience as a writer and advocate for mesothelioma patients and a ban on asbestos.

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