What Should A Person Expect With Mesothelioma Litigation?

by Terry Bryant

In mesothelioma litigation, a person who has cancer from exposure to asbestos hires specialized attorneys to seek compensation for damages. Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that attacks the linings of some of the internal organs of a person. This disease is very deadly and moves quickly once it starts. However, it can take up to 40 years to develop after exposure to the asbestos.

It is important to move quickly after the diagnosis, for two main reasons. One is there is a statute of limitations, in some states this is only one year after the initial diagnosis. Also, the business that is responsible may go bankrupt from other cases, so it may be better to be one of the first to file a claim.

What can a person expect with mesothelioma litigation? First a person gets a diagnosis of the illness from a specialized doctor. Then it is important to only consider attorneys that also specialize in this type of case. Many attorneys that specialize in this area of law will work on a contingency basis, meaning they will get a percentage of the award to cover their fees and court costs. The law firm will assemble information about the victim, including where they worked, the type of exposure, and the specifics of the product they were exposed to.

This type of case is often settled out of court. Successful litigation will require a specialized doctor to give an official diagnosis of mesothelioma. There will also need to be well-documented employment records that verify proof of exposure to asbestos. Witnesses and experts should also be available should the case go to trial. For more information, contact an attorney that specializes in these cases.