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Mesothelioma Trust Funds

Many companies are known to have been negligent in exposing workers to asbestos and triggering deadly illnesses like mesothelioma. Asbestos or mesothelioma trust funds were created for many of these companies. The funds, which are administered by third parties, provide a way for bankrupt or defunct companies to compensate victims.

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What are Asbestos Trust Funds?

Mesothelioma is an aggressive cancer caused by asbestos exposure. Treatment is extensive and costly. Most patients can no longer work and earn a paycheck. For victims of asbestos, a trust fund is one way to seek compensation from negligent companies.

Asbestos and mesothelioma trust funds are sources of compensation provided by companies that have gone through the bankruptcy process. Bankrupt companies are protected from lawsuits, so these funds provide the only way that victims can get compensation from certain negligent companies.

If the business you worked for or that supplied asbestos to your workplace has gone bankrupt, you cannot sue for compensation. As an alternative, you may be able to file a claim with a trust fund.

How Do I

File a Claim with an Asbestos Trust Fund?

To file a valid claim for compensation from an asbestos trust fund, you must meet and prove certain criteria:

  • Documentation showing you have been diagnosed with an asbestos-related illness
  • A physician statement that confirms the diagnosis
  • Evidence of the location at which you experienced asbestos exposure
  • Medical records showing that exposure led to your illness

How are Asbestos Trust Funds Set Up?

Many companies that used asbestos eventually filed for bankruptcy protection because of the high costs of lawsuits. Victims cannot file lawsuits against one of these bankrupt companies. Instead, they must file for compensation through trust funds.

  1. Bankruptcy. Setting up an asbestos trust begins with a company filing for bankruptcy. Bankruptcy protects companies from lawsuits, but does not exempt them from compensating victims. Bankruptcy courts require these companies provide plans for how they will reorganize and how they will set up trust funds.
  2. Estimating fund amounts. Asbestos trust funds pay out both current and future claims. As funds are established, the courts approve the amounts used to fund them. These must include an estimate for future needs. That estimate is used to fund the trust so that both current and future claimants will get compensation.
  3. Bankruptcy court approval. The decisions about trust funds must be made before a bankruptcy plan can be approved. The court allows the plaintiffs’ representatives to weigh in and help make the final decision on funding amounts. Both sides estimate how much money is needed in a trust. The amount should be enough to pay all existing claims as well as those made in the future.
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Believe you’re entitled to compensation?

Call us at 1-800-692-8608 and find out whether you are eligible to receive compensation from the $30 Billion Trust Funds. There is a time limit and claims are reviewed and decided on a first come, first serve basis, so there is no time to lose in filing your claim. We can help, so contact us as soon as possible.

How are

Decisions Made for Trust Fund Claims?

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The funding and the compensation decisions for asbestos trust funds need to be fair. For this reason, unbiased third parties are responsible for setting up and administering the funds. They weigh several factors when settling claims:

  • Trustees consider each claim on the basis of the evidence for asbestos exposure and illness.
  • The amount of money in the fund is also a consideration.
  • Trustees take into account the extent of a claimant's exposure to asbestos and the severity of the resulting illness.
  • Another factor in determining claim amounts is the number of future victims expected to come forward. Trustees are obligated to hold back enough money to provide for exposure victims who get sick in the future and to ensure there will be funds for them.

What are Typical

Trust Fund Compensation Amounts?

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The amount of compensation that any asbestos victim can get from an asbestos or mesothelioma trust fund varies. There is no typical amount because it depends on so many individual factors. There is no guaranteed amount for anyone.

Factors under consideration in compensation decisions include:

  • The illness or injury caused by asbestos exposure
  • The severity and progression of the illness
  • How much an individual must pay for treatment
  • Whether or not the victim can work or has lost wages
  • The schedule of payments already in place for the trust fund

It's also important to understand that not everyone coming forward with a claim will receive the full amount to which they are entitled. Trust funds may only be able to offer a portion of a full claim at the time a victim files to ensure future victims get compensation.

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Will There Be Enough Trust Fund Money for Future Claims?

Asbestos Funds Currently Contain about $30 Billion Dollars.

It can be comforting to know that you can rely on the money in asbestos trust funds if you do get sick decades after exposure. It can take many years for the symptoms to become obvious and for disease to develop and lead to a diagnosis. The funds were created to meet these future needs.

If you were exposed to asbestos, you may be lucky enough to never develop a related illness. You will always face an increased risk, though. You may need that trust fund money in the future, and you will have the same right to it as those who claim on it now.

Should I File a Claim or a Lawsuit?

There may be more than one companies responsible for your asbestos exposure, which means you may have the opportunity to file a lawsuit against some and a claim with trust funds for others.

It is legal to do both, but know that making a claim on a trust fund can impact and possibly lessen the amount of compensation awarded in a lawsuit verdict or settlement.

Each state has its own laws that determine just how much each type of claim affects the other. An experienced mesothelioma and asbestos lawyer can help you make the best decisions regarding claims and compensation.

What is the

FACT Act and How Does it Affect Me?

  • The Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency Act of 2010 is a law that has not been passed.
  • Asbestos victims need to be aware of FACT because there is a chance a similar bill will become law in the future.
  • The law seeks to require asbestos trust funds to use a public database first proposed the FACT Act. This database would report payouts and list personal information about claimants.
  • The sponsors of the FACT Act want to prevent victims from double dipping into asbestos trust funds.
  • The FACT Act has not had enough support to pass because many lawmakers felt that putting claimants’ personal information into a public database represented a significant breach of privacy.

Whether another similar law will pass in the future is not known. If it does, it could put your privacy rights at risk.

How Do I Get Started

Filing a Trust Fund Claim?

Filing a claim is the first step in getting compensation from an asbestos trust. It can be a complicated process, so the first thing you should do is hire an experienced mesothelioma lawyer.

Be prepared to give your lawyer all the information needed to get a claim started: medical records and your diagnosis of an asbestos illness, your work history, and where and when you believe you were exposed.

Your lawyer can file a claim for you, and if it is valid, you will receive a decision about any compensation you're entitled to from the trust fund. The third-party, unbiased trustees process claims as they are received. To ensure you receive your share of the compensation, Act Today.

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Filing a Claim

  • When you're ready to get started on a claim, we'll send you the information for more than 20 bankruptcy trusts.
  • This information will help you understand your options for filing.
  • It includes the names of available trusts, the links to the claim forms for each trust, and more.
  • If you still have questions about which trusts to file with, or whether you can file with more than one, we can help you find those answers.
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Act Quickly

  • Claims through trust funds are paid in the order in which they are received.
  • Trustees aim to keep adequate funds for future claimants, but there are no guarantees.
  • It is important to act immediately for the best chance of receiving the compensation you need.
  • Even if you don't know where you were exposed, act now and file as quickly as you can.
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Fast and Easy

  • We have helped many people get compensation from asbestos trusts in just 90 days.
  • We know how important it is to access funds for medical expenses.
  • The added stress of filing claims and trying to get the compensation is the last thing you need while fighting serious illness.
  • Our caring support staff will help you through the process, step-by-step, to make your claim as smooth as possible.
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Filing a Claim

  • When you're ready to get started on a claim, we'll send you the information for more than 20 bankruptcy trusts.
  • This information will help you understand your options for filing.
  • It includes the names of available trusts, the links to the claim forms for each trust, and more.
  • If you still have questions about which trusts to file with, or whether you can file with more than one, we can help you find those answers.
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Act Quickly

  • Claims through trust funds are paid in the order in which they are received.
  • Trustees aim to keep adequate funds for future claimants, but there are no guarantees.
  • It is important to act immediately for the best chance of receiving the compensation you need.
  • Even if you don't know where you were exposed, act now and file as quickly as you can.
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Fast and Easy

  • We have helped many people get compensation from asbestos trusts in just 90 days.
  • We know how important it is to access funds for medical expenses.
  • The added stress of filing claims and trying to get the compensation is the last thing you need while fighting serious illness.
  • Our caring support staff will help you through the process, step-by-step, to make your claim as smooth as possible.

Page Edited by Dave Foster

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Dave has been a mesothelioma Patient Advocate for over 10 years. He consistently attends all major national and international mesothelioma meetings. In doing so, he is able to stay on top of the latest treatments, clinical trials, and research results. He also personally meets with mesothelioma patients and their families and connects them with the best medical specialists and legal representatives available. Connect with Patient Advocate Dave Foster
Sources
  1. U.S. Congress. (2017, February 24). H.R. 906 - Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency (FACT) Act of 2017.
    Retrieved from: https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/906/text
  2. Dixon, L. & McGovern, G. (2015). Bankruptcy's Effect on Product Identification in Asbestos Personal Injury Cases.
    Retrieved from: https://www.rand.org/content/dam/rand/pubs/research_reports/RR900/RR907/RAND_RR907.pdf
  3. Dixon, L. & McGovern, G. (2011). Asbestos Bankruptcy Trusts and Tort Compensation.
    Retrieved from: https://www.rand.org/content/dam/rand/pubs/monographs/2011/RAND_MG1104.pdf

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For over 20 years, we’ve provided the best FREE resources to mesothelioma patients and loved ones. Our resources include information on the leading treatment options and best doctors in your area; lessons learned from survivors; claims and benefits specifically for Veterans; and how to access your share of billions of dollars in trust fund money.

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