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Types of Asbestos Compensation in Tennessee

Who is liable for asbestos lung cancer and mesothelioma in Tennessee?

Tennessee is one of the states with the highest rates of asbestos-related deaths in the United States. The state has a rich history of manufacturing, construction, and mining, which are industries that extensively used asbestos before its regulation. As a result, many Tennesseans have been exposed to asbestos fibers in the workplace and at home, causing devastating health consequences and death. From 1993-2017, according to the most recent data, there were nearly 5,000 deaths in Tennessee due to asbestos-related illnesses like lung cancer and mesothelioma.

Counties with the highest number of asbestos-related fatalities include:

  • Davidson County
  • Hamilton County
  • Shelby County
  • Knox County
  • Sullivan County

If you have been diagnosed with asbestos-related lung cancer, you may be entitled to compensation for your damages. Contact the Ferrell Law Group for a free consultation to learn more about your eligibility and how to protect your rights. There are different types of mesothelioma compensation available to asbestos victims in Tennessee, and an experienced mesothelioma and asbestos lung cancer attorney can help you navigate the legal process.

Types of asbestos lung cancer compensation in Tennessee

Asbestos Trust Funds are compensation programs established by bankrupt companies that used asbestos in their products or operations. These trusts are set up to compensate individuals who have developed asbestos-related diseases due to the company's negligence. Asbestos Trust Funds operate under strict regulations and have specific criteria for eligibility.

To receive compensation from an Asbestos Trust Fund, one must have a valid medical diagnosis of an asbestos-related disease, such as mesothelioma or lung cancer, and must also prove exposure to the company's asbestos-containing products or operations. In this process, an experienced mesothelioma and asbestos lung cancer attorney can assist in identifying the relevant trusts and guiding the applicant through the application process.

Veterans who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or any other asbestos-related disease may be eligible for VA benefits. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recognizes that asbestos exposure is prevalent among veterans and offers disability compensation and other benefits to eligible individuals.

To qualify for VA benefits, an individual must have served in the military and have a valid diagnosis of an asbestos-related disease. These benefits can cover medical expenses, lost income, and other related expenses incurred due to asbestos-related diseases.

Asbestos victims may also be entitled to legal compensation through a personal injury lawsuit. A personal injury lawsuit seeks to hold the responsible parties accountable for their negligence and compensate victims for their damages, including medical expenses, lost income, and pain and suffering. In fatal cases, a spouse, children, or next of kin may be eligible to file a wrongful death lawsuit.

To file a personal injury lawsuit related to asbestos, one must have a valid diagnosis of an asbestos-related disease and provide evidence that the defendant's negligence caused their exposure to asbestos. Asbestos cases can be intricate, and it is crucial to work with an experienced mesothelioma and asbestos lung cancer attorney to construct a compelling case.

The types of compensation you have access to will depend on the circumstances of your asbestos exposure. We can explain your options in your unique situation during a free consultation.

Liability for asbestos lung cancer in Tennessee

Exposure to asbestos is the only known cause of mesothelioma, and it can be a contributing factor to all other forms of lung cancer as well. Because exposure to asbestos was preventable and companies acted with negligence when they put others at risk, many are now being held liable for victims’ damages.

In Tennessee, there are many businesses and industries that have been connected to asbestos exposure, including manufacturing, construction, oil and gas drilling, and mining companies. Some specific Tennessee businesses that have been associated with asbestos exposure include:

  • Dupont, Memphis and Millington
  • Bridgestone Americas Tire Operation, Nashville
  • Lockheed Martin Energy Systems, Oak Ridge
  • Eastman Kodak, Kingsport
  • Whirlpool Corp., Chattanooga

The liability for asbestos exposure in Tennessee varies depending on the circumstances of each case. Even though most exposure occurred at work, in general, victims take legal action against a manufacturer of asbestos products, not against their employers.

How the Ferrell Law Group can help

At the Ferrell Law Group, we understand the devastating impact that mesothelioma and other asbestos-related cancers can have on individuals and their families. We offer compassionate and personalized legal representation to help our clients navigate the legal process and get the compensation they deserve.

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with lung cancer or mesothelioma due to asbestos exposure, contact the Ferrell Law Group today to schedule a free consultation. We can help you understand your legal options and guide you through the process of pursuing compensation for your damages. Our team is dedicated to advocating for asbestos victims' rights and holding the responsible parties accountable for their negligence. Let us help you get the justice you deserve.

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