How to File a Mesothelioma Lawsuit
Individuals that have been diagnosed with mesothelioma and the surviving spouses and dependents of those who have died from the deadly cancer have a range of legal options, depending upon the circumstances of their case. Our asbestos lawyers have an in depth understanding of the legal issues surrounding asbestos exposure as well as the unique challenges our affected clients face. We provide our clients with detailed information about their legal options and other resources available as they learn to cope with the challenges ahead.
Knowing Your Legal Options
Asbestos litigation is a highly complex and specialized area of law that requires guidance from an attorney who is familiar with asbestos laws as well as the history behind exposure, the ways in which someone may be exposed and which companies may be responsible. If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, it is important that you work an attorney who not only understands the laws, but also who has access to the resources you need such as quality medical care and support groups.
Our asbestos lawyers can help you navigate the maze of medical bills, insurance forms and other aspects of a mesothelioma diagnosis while you are awaiting a settlement or award and can help you find answers to questions such as:
- How will I continue to support my family?
- How will I ever afford these medical bills?
- Will I ever work again?
- Will I lose my home?
- How can I possibly meet my financial responsibilities such as paying my mortgage?
- Who is responsible for my illness?
- Who will take care of my family when I am gone?
Dealing with the illness is overwhelming enough as it is. We don’t want you to have to go through a long, intense and stressful legal battle with questions of how you are going to move forward. We will serve as your advocates throughout the entire legal process and beyond and will make sure that you have peace of mind that you and your family will be well taken care of. We will educate you on your options and make sure that you make well informed decisions on how you should proceed.
Putting Your Interests First
Because there are so many legal options available to you, it is important to work with an attorney who will fight for your best interests and do whatever it takes to get you a maximum financial recovery rather than settling for less than what you deserve. But, how will you know you are choosing the right lawyer? When you choose a lawyer, you should go with your gut. You are going to be working closely with your attorney, so you will want to make sure it is someone you feel comfortable with. You should also do your homework and ask a lot of questions. Make sure that your lawyer has a proven record of success and has a clear legal strategy laid out for you.
How to Prepare for a Consultation
When you are planning to meet with an asbestos lawyer for the first time, it is important to be prepared so you don’t waste your time or his/hers. You should be prepared with notes about your case, such as:
- When you were diagnosed
- What symptoms you are dealing with
- List of medical procedures/treatments you have received
- History of asbestos exposure
- If you are a veteran, when did you serve and were you exposed to asbestos during service?
- If you believe your asbestos exposure is occupational, list where you worked and what dates
If you are unsure how you were diagnosed, make a list of where you worked, lived and enjoyed social activities. A skilled asbestos lawyer will conduct a thorough investigation and will work with top experts to determine how and when you were exposed. The source of exposure will be important to determining who is liable — sometimes there may be more than one person/company that can be named as defendants in your case.
The facts of your case are important and will determine what legal route you should take. After evaluating the facts, your lawyer will discuss your options and will help you make the right decision on what is best for you and your family. To learn more about your legal options as well the other resources available to you and your family, contact us today.