Mesothelioma Legal FAQ

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If I am diagnosed with Mesothelioma does that mean I have a legal case?
It might. Some companies have continued to allow their workers to be exposed to asbestos even after they knew there were dangers. In these cases an attorney can try to prove that your employer knew the hazards of asbestos and did not share that information with you. Withholding any information about the dangers of occupational exposure from you can be enough to demand the company to be responsible for your damages. To find out if your case has merit, consult with an attorney.

What kind of lawyer should I talk to?
There are many capable lawyers in this country but you will want to find someone with experience in handling Mesothelioma cases. A specialist will be better able to help you win your case and get what you deserve from the company. Because asbestos-related cases have a long history of precedents, make sure you get someone who knows all the ins and outs of asbestos litigation.

Is there a statute of limitations on reporting this?
Yes. The statute of limitations begins when you are diagnosed with the illness. But because the specific limitations vary from state to state, be sure to consult with an attorney to see if you have a case. Every year, thousands of lawsuits are being filed by plaintiffs who have not yet been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease, but are beginning to show signs of onset.

I can't afford an attorney. Do I have any options?
You absolutely do. Many attorneys work on contingency in these kinds of cases. Contingency means you do not pay unless you win. This means you can generally set up a consultation for free and make sure you have a case for damages. One of the great benefits of hiring a lawyer on contingency is that they only get paid if damages are awarded. Make sure your attorney is well-versed in asbestos exposure-related law and has a firm grasp of the ongoing complications in the matter.

I lost my husband to mesothelioma. Can I still get a settlement?
You still may be able to file a wrongful death suit. Talk to an experienced mesothelioma attorney to see if you have a case. Because most states have a statute of limitations limiting the amount of time you have to file suit, consult a lawyer sooner rather than later.

My old employer is out of business. How can I sue him for exposure?
Hundreds of companies have gone out of business because of asbestos litigation. In order to recover from bankruptcy, many of them have been forced to contribute to a special asbestos bankruptcy fund, designed to pay for legitimate claims against them based on asbestos exposure cases. Consulting with an attorney who specializes in asbestos-related suits is the best way to explore your options in seeking damages.

Should I be wary of class-action suits?
Because asbestos suits have become a multi-billion dollar cottage industry for personal injury attorneys looking to capitalize on an opportunity. Though not all class action suits are money-grabbing exercises for those in the legal profession, many are. Consult with an attorney before deciding whether to file suit as an individual or join a class action lawsuit.

Why should I bring suit?
If you've been exposed to asbestos, you deserve fair compensation for any injury, illness, or loss you may have experienced. With a lawsuit, you may recover the cost of medical expenses, wages that have been lost, and other costs associated with exposure.


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