Have you been exposed to asbestos and trying to get compensation? It is unfortunate that you are ill. Asbestos has been used since the days of the Roman Empire but it is only within the last 50 years that we realized its danger. Unfortunately many companies that knew about this danger did not report it and many people like yourself became ill.
Asbestos poisoning has been one of the darkest corporate legacies of the 20th century. How could companies that knew the danger continue to recommend asbestos in public buildings like churches and schools? That’s easy. They were motivated by profits and nothing else.
The US courts have provided a way to get back at these irresponsible companies. You can sue them in a court of law. The problem is just getting caught did not cause these companies to change their ways. They knew it is easy for a good legal team to stall the court system for days, weeks, months or even years. They also know that most mesothelioma patients don’t have years. These companies realized if they stalled long enough, the patient might die and they would not have to pay the claim.
Is that a disgusting way to act or what?
Another problem is the cost of treatment. Many victims of asbestos poisoning need treatment to continue to live but can not afford the cost. Many times insurance is lacking or refuses to pay the claims until the case has been decided in favor of the patient. Meanwhile the plaintiff gets sicker and sicker.
There have been literally tens of thousands of asbestos poisoning claim filed successfully in our court system. So many in fact, that it is generally a fore-gone conclusion that the plaintiff (the one who is suing) will win. To help the plaintiff while he or she waits for the suit to be heard in court a system of loans has been created. This was created as a group fund for people suing the asbestos companies.
These loans are interesting because they are what is known as non-recourse loans. This means you never have to pay them back. Even if you lose the case, you don’t have to pay the money back. The one exception is if you win your case, the amount will be deducted from the award. This helps to maintain the fund.
It’s relatively easy to get this free advance. All you have to do is apply. The application process is best handled by an attorney to make sure everything is submitted correctly. Since most asbestos attorneys work on a contingency basis, you don’t even have to pay them to submit the paperwork. This generally means they are so confident they will win in court; they don’t ask you for money upfront to present your case. You don’t even have to put up a retainer fee.