If you or a loved one has developed mesothelioma because of exposure to asbestos and you believe someone else is responsible for the condition, you might want to consider filing a lawsuit. With that, you can recover payment for pain and suffering, loss of income, loss of consortium and medical expenses.
You might have a case if your exposure to asbestos occurred on a job site, particularly if you worked in construction, plumbing, shipbuilding, mining, milling and manufacturing. In addition, you also could have been indirectly exposed to asbestos. For example, children and spouses of asbestos-exposed workers are known to develop the devastating disease because the workers carried asbestos fibers and dust home on their hair, skin and clothes.
What gives these cases their power is that the dangers of asbestos have been known for decades, but companies that made and used asbestos-containing products sometimes conspired to keep their workers in the dark. As a result, those companies did not always provide adequate protective gear. If you decide to pursue a lawsuit against one of these companies because of its negligence, you must prove that the business knew it was putting its workers and their families at risk. You must also prove that it did nothing to mitigate the problem.
Unfortunately, that isn't always easy. Mesothelioma's long latency period, as well as the wide range of possible asbestos-containing products that caused the illness, can make establishing liability very difficult. To get around that issue, some people identify a multitude of possible plaintiffs in their cases. Whether that is the best approach for you is best left to an experienced mesothelioma attorney. Although mesothelioma law is a very narrow specialty, many law firms and lawyers focus on fighting these kinds of cases.
The lawyer you choose will tell you whether you have a case, how much it could be worth and how long you have to file a suit. Your attorney will also explain all of the potential outcomes of your case and make sure you understand the possibilities before you begin the process. Typically, a mesothelioma lawsuit can be filed within two years of diagnosis, although the time limit can vary by state. You may file if you are the affected party or if you are the executor of the estate of a loved one who passed from mesothelioma.
Hopefully, the result of mesothelioma litigation will either be a settlement or a recovery that makes dealing with this condition a bit easier.