Mesothelioma is a rare and aggressive type of cancer. This disease affects around 3,000 people in the United States every year. The primary cause of mesothelioma is asbestos exposure. Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral with fire-resistant and insulating qualities. Because of these qualities, asbestos was widely used in various industries until the mid-1980s. Mesothelioma can profoundly impact individuals diagnosed with the illness and their families. A mesothelioma diagnosis can result in, among other things, substantial medical expenses, loss of income, pain and suffering, and psychological distress. Fortunately, if you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you may be eligible to file a legal claim and recover compensation from the party or parties who are to blame for the asbestos exposure. One question you may have if you are considering filing a mesothelioma case is how long it takes to recover compensation after filing such a claim.
So, how long does it take to get compensation after filing a mesothelioma case? Unfortunately, there is no straightforward answer to this question. The timeline of a mesothelioma case can vary based on several factors. This means how long it takes to recover compensation after filing your mesothelioma claim depends on the factors surrounding your case. Depending on the factors surrounding your case, it may take a few months, a year, or more than a year for you to receive compensation.
Factors That Can Impact the Timeline of Your Mesothelioma Case
The timeline of your mesothelioma case can be affected by various factors. Every case is unique, so the factors that affect the timeline of another case may be different from the ones that affect the timeline of your case. That said, there are some factors that commonly impact the duration of mesothelioma cases. They include the following;
Type of Claim
Whether you file a trust fund claim or a lawsuit can affect the timeline of your case. Generally, trust fund claims provide compensation quicker than lawsuits.
The Number of Defendants
Mesothelioma claims with many potentially liable parties usually take longer to conclude than those with few potentially responsible parties.
The Health of the Patient
If the illness has progressed, it may prompt expedited legal procedures to ensure timely compensation.
Willingness to Negotiate
If parties are willing to negotiate and reach a settlement, it can expedite the case. The claims process takes much longer if parties are unwilling to negotiate and reach an agreement.
Whether the Case is Settled or Goes to Trial
If a settlement cannot be reached, your mesothelioma case may need to proceed to trial. If your case goes to trial, it can significantly impact the time it takes to recover compensation.
How long it takes for your mesothelioma case to be concluded and for you to recover compensation may depend on where you file your case. Some states or courts hear mesothelioma cases much sooner than others. A qualified mesothelioma attorney can help you file your case in a court system likely to resolve your case more quickly.
Arizona Mesothelioma Lawyers
If you or a loved one were diagnosed with mesothelioma, contact our office to speak to one of our experienced Arizona mesothelioma attorneys about your situation. Our office can help investigate your case and determine if compensation can be sought from negligent parties to help pay for your medical treatment to help you and your family live a more comfortable life.