The aftermath of asbestos usage in the United States has left an often tragic and even devastating path of destruction for exposure victims. For close to 100 years, between the late 1800s and mid- to late-1900s, millions of people were unknowingly exposed to a toxic and potentially fatal material. Many were exposed at work, while others came into contact with asbestos in their own homes-either from building components used during construction or through a process called secondary exposure.
Life after asbestos goes on with no detectable consequences for many people. But for the small and unfortunate portion that develops an asbestos-linked illness-such as asbestosis, mesothelioma or other forms of cancer-life is never the same again. All of these chronic and pervasive conditions cause significant physical and emotional distress for the victim-and in the case of mesothelioma cancers, death.
There is much information available about asbestos, its consequences and options for legal recourses. To offer victims of asbestos an easy and straightforward guide that is designed to cover a myriad of topics-from veteran exposure and cutting-edge treatment options to choosing a legal representative and taking your personal injury case to court.
PART II: CHOOSING A MESOTHELIOMA LAW FIRM TO REPRESENT YOU
If you’ve been diagnosed with cancer and have any known past history of asbestos exposure, finding a mesothelioma law firm to protect your legal interests is absolutely vital. Victims of mesothelioma are strongly encouraged to find and retain an attorney as quickly as possible after diagnosis, so that they can get started investigating their legal options and then move forward with any action they decide on in a timely manner. There are time restraints for asbestos-related legal action, both in the form of state-issued statutes of limitations and natural limits imposed by average mesothelioma life expectancy rates.
What to Look for in a Mesothelioma Law Firm
When selecting an attorney to represent you, the first things to verify are his or her level of experience and the outcomes achieved past client cases. It is particularly important to select a firm that boasts a considerable amount of experience in asbestos-injury claims in particular. Because there are specific laws, procedures and evidence requirements for asbestos cases, a great deal of invaluable knowledge is gained directly through experience. You should look for an attorney with at least 5-10 years with a firm that specializes in toxic torts and has a large percentage of its client base made up by mesothelioma victims like yourself.
Initial Steps in the Legal Process
Selecting a mesothelioma law firm to represent you is the first step on the road to legal recourse. Potential claimants are advised to narrow down their choices to just a few and then schedule consultations, available free of cost at most all reputable asbestos specialty firms. In this initial meeting, you’ll have the opportunity to discuss your case in detail with an asbestos cancer attorney from the firm you’re considering and also ask key question to determine if it is the right fit for you. In Part VI of this series, we’ll look closer at the full roadmap of the legal journey.