Minnesota Mesothelioma Lawyer
The asbestos industry has a history of actively concealing the harmful effects of asbestos exposure. By the time this became known, the asbestos industry had already vastly profited from asbestos. An experienced Minnesota mesothelioma lawyer can ensure they are held accountable.
Approximately 171 Minnesotans died from mesothelioma in 2020. This deadly condition is almost always caused by exposure to asbestos.
The asbestos companies knew at least as early as the 1930s that asbestos causes deadly illnesses. Still, they continued to manufacture and use asbestos products without warning their workers or the public.
The general public did not become aware of the dangers of asbestos until the late 1970s. By this time, millions of people had been exposed, and asbestos could be found in public buildings, homes, schools, and thousands of consumer products.
The Lanier Law Firm is committed to holding asbestos companies accountable for the resulting harm.
Why choose The Lanier Law Firm?
The Lanier Law Firm will devote the necessary resources to bring these companies to justice. Our skilled trial lawyers have vast experience with asbestos cases and the ability to neutralize these companies in court effectively.
Our mesothelioma attorneys have successfully handled and resolved Minnesota asbestos-exposure cases involving respiratory products, construction products, and automotive products, including the following:
- $1.626 million for the family of a deceased construction worker who was exposed to
asbestos at work
- $520,000 for the family of a deceased woman exposed to cosmetic talc
- A confidential settlement for the family of a deceased woman who was exposed to
These verdicts and settlements are only a few examples of how we have made a difference in the lives of our worthy clients.
Our Featured Minnesota Asbestos &
Kevin LaMarca has won tens of millions of dollars for clients in toxic torts and product liability cases. He is recognized by the National Trial Lawyers’ Association’s Top 40 under 40. Kevin has represented clients in both state and federal courtrooms throughout the country, including Minnesota, Louisiana, Florida, Georgia, Rhode Island, and Pennsylvania.
Mark Linder is a toxic tort, product liability, and personal injury litigation attorney who has represented clients in state and federal courts across the country. He has represented persons exposed to asbestos as shipyard workers, auto mechanics, electricians, and railroad workers. Mark has also represented numerous clients with unorthodox exposure histories, including spouses, children, and siblings suffering asbestos-related injuries as a result of asbestos fibers unknowingly brought home on the work clothes of family members.
How much compensation can I recover in Minnesota if I have developed an asbestos-related illness?
The compensation available in an asbestos-exposure case is determined by numerous factors:
- The sources of your asbestos exposure
- Your age and life expectancy
- The effects of your diagnosis on you and your family
- The financial losses attributable to your diagnosis
- The type of case you can file
- The number of mesothelioma claims you are eligible to file
If you are unsure of how you were exposed to asbestos, The Lanier Law Firm can help. We have developed a resource library containing information to identify the sources of your exposure, including:
- A detailed listing of products that contain asbestos
- Pictures of products containing asbestos
- A comprehensive list of companies in Minnesota and throughout the nation that have handled asbestos
Our Minnesota mesothelioma attorneys will spend extensive time compiling your life history to identify as many exposure sources as possible. As soon as your sources of exposure have been identified, we can get to work filing your claim.
If you have been diagnosed with an asbestos-related illness and can identify the source of your exposure, you may qualify to file an asbestos-exposure lawsuit for the following damages:
- Economic damages: including medical expenses and lost income
- Noneconomic damages: including pain and suffering, loss of consortium, and loss of society
- Punitive damages: awarded as a punishment against Minnesota defendants who displayed a deliberate disregard for the safety of others and as a deterrent to others from engaging in similar conduct
Many companies that handled asbestos knew for decades that it was a harmful product and took active steps to conceal this information. This conduct provides grounds for punitive damages.
Wrongful Death Lawsuits
If your family member passed away as a result of an asbestos-related illness before a case could be filed, you have the right to seek damages related to your family’s loss by filing a wrongful death lawsuit. These damages may include the following:
- Economic damages: including funeral and burial expenses, loss of the decedent’s income, and the value of service provided by the deceased
- Noneconomic damages: including pain and suffering of the family and the deceased, loss of guidance, and loss of support
- Punitive damages
If your family member filed a lawsuit but passed away before its resolution, the family may continue the case in what is known as a survival action, in addition to the wrongful death lawsuit.
Asbestos Trust Fund Claims
As an increasing number of workers developed deadly asbestos-related illnesses, the public became aware of the connection between these illnesses and exposure to asbestos.
The industry faced an ever-rising tide of asbestos lawsuits, and companies began seeking refuge in bankruptcy protection.
Section 524(g) of the Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Code requires bankrupt companies to establish asbestos trust funds for present and future victims of asbestos exposure. These trust funds currently have approximately $30 billion available to pay claims.
Trust fund claims offer a process that is typically faster than filing a civil lawsuit. Bankrupt companies are exempt from mesothelioma lawsuits.
If you were exposed to asbestos by a bankrupt company, you may qualify to file a trust fund claim. Trust fund claims are also available to the family members of asbestos-exposure victims who have passed away.
If your asbestos exposure occurred during active duty in the military, you may be entitled to VA benefits, which include monthly disability compensation and free medical care. You may also have grounds for a lawsuit against companies that supplied asbestos to the military.
Workers’ Compensation Claims
If your exposure occurred while on the job, you may be eligible to file a workers’ compensation claim. Workers’ compensation in Minnesota provides partial wage replacement, free medical care for asbestos-related illnesses, and death benefits.
Some workers do not qualify for workers’ compensation and can sue the employer responsible. Workers who do qualify for workers’ compensation are prohibited from filing a lawsuit against an employer. However, it is often