Understanding Mesothelioma Lawsuits Today
The most common way that people suffer asbestos exposure is through their jobs. Some professions put workers in direct contact with asbestos materials and thus long-term exposure results in the development of mesothelioma. However, secondary exposure can also happen when family members are exposed to asbestos brought home on the clothes of family members. Many end up with drastically reduce life expectancies and suffer greatly due to the mesothelioma cancer that they are now fighting. For many, the only way to seek compensation for their suffering due to the exposure to the unsafe material known as asbestos is to file a lawsuit.
Lawsuits are time sensitive. This means that there is a limit as to when you can file a successful lawsuit. “A statute of limitations is a law that sets a time limit or deadline for legal claims to be filed. The mesothelioma claims time limits are usually between 1 and 3 years from diagnosis or the death of the patient, but these deadlines vary by state” (Mesothelioma Guide). Normally the lawsuit is filed in the state in which you were exposed to asbestos. You’ll need to find an asbestos attorney who has a license to file a lawsuit in that state. The regulations in each state vary so you will need to speak to your attorney to determine the best course of action for your particular case. Lawsuits in general are involved and there are many steps that you and your attorney will need to navigate. Here are the steps of a typical mesothelioma lawsuit:
- Preparation– work with your attorney to file all required papers for you case
- Filing– sending the paperwork in to be recorded and finalized in the legal system
- Response– the defendant will have the chance to present their own findings
- Discovery– additional proof, data, records, etc. will be collected by both parties
- Settlement– the final decision will be reached by the judge overseeing the case
What is the Prognosis for Mesothelioma Patients?
“A mesothelioma prognosis is difficult to give. Mesothelioma is still a rare and relatively unknown form of cancer. It’s difficult for many doctors to predict exactly how it will progress. Because there is a limited number of patient cases, a mesothelioma prognosis isn’t always reliable” (Mesothelioma Veterans Center). It is important to get help as soon as possible in a Mesothelioma case and if you need legal help, contact us today and let our experienced legal team go to work for you! If you or a loved one has been affected by asbestos, you do not have to fight alone or suffer in silence. We are here to put our years of real world case experience to work so contact us today and let our team of experienced experts go to work for you on your case and fight for your rights! Call us today to get started and to get the help you deserve!