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Asbestos Wrongful Death Attorney, William Kherkher

Mesothelioma and Wrongful Death Suits

Most mesothelioma suits are filed by people who have developed the disease after exposure to asbestos, generally at their place of work. In other cases, the victim tragically passes away before he or she can see justice done. When this happens the deceased’s close family members can still gain some compensation for their suffering by filing a wrongful death suit.

Eligibility for a Mesothelioma Wrongful Death Suit

Under civil law, there are rather specific circumstances that need to be met before a wrongful death suit can be filed. For example, only close family members of the deceased may file a suit. Generally speaking, a “close family member” means a spouse, a biological or adopted child, or a parent. Friends cannot file a wrongful death suit, no matter how close their relationship with the deceased may have been.

In addition, family members only have grounds for wrongful death suits if they can demonstrate all of the following in court:

  • The defendant had a duty to protect the deceased from dangerous conditions
  • The defendant failed to meet this duty
  • The defendant’s negligence directly caused the deceased’s mesothelioma
  • Mesothelioma was the cause of death

Demonstrating all of the above persuasively is not an easy task. The advice and representation of an experienced mesothelioma attorney is a vital part of winning an asbestos-related lawsuit.

Wrongful Death Damages

Immediate family members who file wrongful death suits can win compensation for:

  • Loss of the deceased’s earnings
  • Medical and funeral expenses
  • Loss of companionship
  • Pain and suffering

We Can Help

To speak with a knowledgeable asbestos wrongful death attorney, contact the offices of Williams Hart at 800-781-3955.

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