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About Richmond Vona, LLC

What Do I Need to Prove to Get Compensation Through an Asbestos Trust Fund?

As described by the Mayo Clinic, mesothelioma is an aggressive, deadly form of cancer. Asbestos—a toxic material that was frequently used in several industries in decades past—is the primary risk factor for mesothelioma. Far too often, companies put workers at risk, even though they knew or should have known better. However, many of these companies have long since gone out of business.

Dozens of asbestos trust funds have been established to provide financial support to victims and their families. This raises an important question: How do you get compensation from an asbestos trust fund? You need to prove both injury and liability. Here, our Buffalo, NY mesothelioma attorneys highlight three key aspects of a successful asbestos trust fund claim.

Building a Successful Mesothelioma Claim in New York

  • Patient Diagnosis: Medical Records

All asbestos trust fund claims start with the medical records. Without comprehensive medical documentation, victims will not be able to access the compensation they deserve. As a general rule, this includes medical documentation confirming the diagnosis—either that the patient has mesothelioma or that they have another type of asbestos-related medical condition. Depending on the specific nature of the case, key medical records may also include things like pathology reports and computed tomography (CT) scans. Finally, most asbestos trust fund claims will include one (or more) supporting statements from licensed physicians.

  • Exposure Occurred at the Covered Facility

It is important to understand that there is not simply one asbestos trust fund that handles all of the claims. Quite the contrary, there are approximately 60 active asbestos funds—and these funds are each responsible for covering claims related to specific facilities. When making a claim against an asbestos fund, a plaintiff needs to prove that the exposure actually occurred at a facility covered by the fund. Most often, this is done by providing evidence that the patient—meaning the person who is suffering from mesothelioma—worked at the site. Relevant evidence may include employment records, tax records, invoices, and witness testimony.

  • Link Between Asbestos Exposure and Mesothelioma

Finally, claimants should be prepared to present evidence establishing a link between asbestos exposure at the covered facility and mesothelioma. How challenging this will be depends on the specific facts of the case. That being said, a mesothelioma diagnosis, by definition, strongly implies asbestos exposure at some point in the past. If an employee worked at a facility where asbestos was present and then later developed mesothelioma, it is likely that there is a link between the two phenomena.

Contact Our Buffalo Asbestos Lawyers for Help

At Richmond Vona, LLC, our personal injury attorneys have the skills, experience, and legal knowledge to handle mesothelioma claims. We will protect your rights. To schedule your free, no obligation consultation, please contact our legal team today. With an office location in Buffalo, we serve communities all around Western New York, including in Erie County, Monroe County, Livingston County, and Wyoming County.


Successful Verdicts & Settlements That Our Attorneys Have Achieved
  • Trucking Accident $4.25 Million Settlement
  • Mesothelioma from Asbestos Exposure $3.2 Million Settlement
  • Mesothelioma from Asbestos Exposure $2.5 Million Jury Verdict
  • Mesothelioma from Asbestos Exposure $2 Million Jury Verdict
  • Mesothelioma From Asbestos Exposure $1.6 Million Settlement
  • Medical Malpractice: Anesthesia Error $1.2 Million Settlement
  • Medical Malpractice: Delayed Diagnosis $1.2 Million Jury Verdict
  • Mesothelioma from Asbestos Exposure Seven-Figure Settlement

When the unexpected happens, expect Richmond Vona.

Real People, Real Stories
  • “This firm’s attention to detail is second to none. It’s evident that they are true professionals and really care about their injured clients. This is the firm to call if you have been seriously injured due to someone else’s negligence.”

    - Jason D.
  • “He is a miracle worker. He found someone who knew my Dad who had passed away over 50 years ago. No easy feat. He works very, very hard for his clients. Knowledgeable and kind. I highly recommend him.”

    - Colette M.
  • “To this day, I am grateful for the dedication and compassion he displayed throughout my case. The outcome of my case was successful as a result of his drive and commitment.”

    - Sue A.
  • “Keith and John are talented attorneys and, more importantly, compassionate and dedicated people. They are driven by a desire to help, and they always fight for their clients.”

    - Michael J.
  • “They listened to my concerns and gave me excellent advice and made me feel like they cared about my injury and not just my case. These guys are true class acts. Two thumbs up.”

    - Derek G.


You Can Always Expect:
  • A Results-Oriented Focus

    Our legal team is prepared to do whatever is necessary to get you the full and fair financial compensation that you deserve.

  • Care, Compassion and Respect

    After all you’ve been through, you deserve someone to fight for you, while providing the individual attention you deserve.

  • Open and Honest Communication

    We value communication and honesty, and we promise to always keep you informed and up to date about your case.

  • Personalized Legal Representation

    When you entrust your case to our skilled attorneys, you become part of the Richmond Vona family - not just another case file.

Meet Our Attorneys Results-Driven, Client-Focused

With over 25 years of combined personal injury experience, our co-founding attorneys, John E. Richmond and Keith R. Vona, have helped injury victims and their family members recover more than $150 million in financial relief.

Awards & Achievements

  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • Super Lawyers
    Super Lawyers
  • Veteran-Owned Business
    Veteran-Owned Business
  • Top 100 Civil Plaintiff Trial Lawyers
    Top 100 Civil Plaintiff Trial Lawyers