This month we will cover two sides of mesothelioma: the legal elements and the medical elements. Each side of this disease can be heavily daunting. One side of the coin gives you a diagnosis that in a large majority of the cases is fatal within 2 years. There are many obstacles to cover to prolong life and protect and preserve the quality of life that remains. The other side of the coin represents the law and the illegal exposure to asbestos that was the cause of your deadly illness. Most will want to legally pursue options to hold the parties of this exposure responsible and go after monetary compensation.
Your first inclination about asbestos-related illness will come from a medical diagnosis. Most people are devastated and do not know exactly where to begin. Finding a medical professional or specialist near you will be your first priority. Your next priority will be understanding the legal implications of the negligence of others afflicting you with a deadly disease and you will want to take legal recourse.
Both sides of this coin represent a battle – each with specific steps and understandings you must comprehend and master in order to win the war. This months’ blogs will help to empower you with information to cover both fronts.
This article will answer 3 main questions about mesothelioma law that any patient might have.
Do I have the right to sue if I am diagnosed with mesothelioma?
You might. There are many companies that continued to allow their workers to have asbestos exposure even when they were well aware of the dangers. In these cases, an asbestos attorney can try to prove that your employer knew about the hazards of asbestos and did not make workers aware of the potential life consequences. Mesothelioma law is clear in that withholding information about occupational exposure dangers can be enough to demand the company be held responsible for your damages.
Do I need a specific kind of lawyer?
Yes. Because there are so many lawyers, finding one that will take your case will not be a problem. You need to make sure you find a mesothelioma law firm with proven success practicing mesothelioma law. This law firm should have asbestos lawyers that specialize in toxic tort law. Asbestos-related cases have a long history of precedents so you want to make sure you get someone who knows all the ins and outs of this specific type of litigation.
Is there a statute of limitations?
Yes. In almost every state, the statute of limitations begins once you are diagnosed. Be sure to consult with an asbestos attorney as the laws can vary state to state. Thousands of lawsuits are filed each year by plaintiffs who have not yet been diagnosed with an asbestos-related illness but are starting to show mesothelioma symptoms.