Asbestos Justice has teamed up with The David Law Firm, a company with offices in the United States (US), Australia and the UK, to investigate whether Mesothelioma sufferers or their family can claim from US Asbestos Trusts.
In the US many businesses started up as asbestos companies but have since branched out into other areas. The ongoing asbestos legacy of compensation claims threatened to bankrupt the companies’ new ventures and so in an attempt to protect the companies whilst at the same time allowing asbestos victims some sort of compensation for their conditions, asbestos bankruptcy trusts were formed.
It is possible for Mesothelioma sufferers in the UK to make claims against the US asbestos trusts in cases where the sufferer either worked for the company directly, or worked with products produced by the US companies.
The David Law Firm is assisting Asbestos Justice in filing claims for their clients. To make a claim there must be medical evidence supporting a diagnosis of Mesothelioma as well as evidence of exposure to the US companies’ products.
The David Law Firm have spent a number of years gathering evidence from interviews with clients and co-workers all over the country to create a database of where various asbestos products were imported to and which sites or companies might have used the products. This is particularly useful where clients are unable to recall specific details or in secondary asbestos exposure cases. They have a catalogue of photos of the products to assist with identification.
The funding method of US claims is different to that used in Mesothelioma claims in the UK which normally operate on a ‘no win, no fee’ basis. In the US a Contingency Fee Agreement is used. This means that no fees are paid upfront but where claims are successful, a percentage of damages is taken to pay for legal fees. The percentage deducted varies depending on which trust the damages are received from.
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