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Should You File Suit?

If your doctor has recently diagnosed you with mesothelioma, you undoubtedly have dozens of questions going through your mind: “What is it? How did I get it? What’s going to happen to me? Who will take care of my family?” The news can be overwhelming, especially for those who never even realized that they had been exposed to asbestos. There are answers, though, and there are people you can turn to who have experience with mesothelioma, asbestosis and other asbestos-related diseases.

One of the biggest decisions you will have to make is whether or not to file a lawsuit against another person. Mesothelioma, unlike many other cancers and diseases, is very clearly linked to contact with another substance – asbestos. There is a long history of those involved in the asbestos industry lying, cheating and conspiring to conceal the dangers of asbestos exposure from their employees, the government and the general public. This meant that many people either were never informed of their occupational exposure to asbestos or were never told that it was dangerous for them to be around it. Even more shameful – and, in the eyes of the law, blameful – is the fact that many companies and industries kept their employees in the dark about safety measures that could have prevented them from becoming ill.

Mesothelioma is not an “unfortunate accident” and it is not YOUR fault, no matter how much insurance companies and industrial giants may try to claim that both of these statements are true. If you have mesothelioma or another asbestos-related disease, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your family as they struggle through this difficult time. Recovering damages can help your family cope with the expensive medical care you will have to receive. A law firm with experience handling mesothelioma lawsuits can answer your questions, alleviate your concerns, and help you explore your legal options.

Some things to consider before filing a lawsuit:

Why should I file a lawsuit if I have mesothelioma or another asbestos-related illness?

The simple fact is that most asbestos-related diseases are preventable. Therefore, if you have one, it’s because someone else was negligent – or worse. Treating mesothelioma is expensive, and many of the most effective treatment options may not be covered by insurance. An experienced mesothelioma attorney can help you sort through all of your options and offer advice on the best way to make sure that your medical care is covered and your family is supported, despite your illness.

Who should I sue?

The laws regarding liability in mesothelioma cases are complex. Many of the original manufacturers of asbestos products have declared bankruptcy, changed their names, or gone out of business. The company that employed you when you were exposed to asbestos may no longer exist or may not have been aware themselves that the products you were handling were dangerous. A lawyer can help you work through the logistics of the case and determine responsibility.

What do I need to do in order to file an asbestos-related lawsuit?

The first step is to make an appointment with an attorney to discuss your diagnosis and your possible case. A lawyer should be able to help you gather the necessary materials:

  • Medical tests that you need
  • Ways to establish dates and places where you may have been exposed to asbestos
  • Possible grounds for filing suit
  • Possible defendants in your case
  • The possibility of joining forces with other claimants in a joint suit
  • The amount of expenses that you might reasonably expect as a result of your illness

An attorney should also be able to direct you toward specialists who can help establish your diagnosis and a link to asbestos.

I have lung cancer, and I worked for a company that used asbestos in its products. Do I have grounds for a suit?

The incidence of lung cancer among those people who were exposed to asbestos is about 4 to 5 times higher than it is in the general population. If you’ve been diagnosed with lung cancer and believe that you were exposed to asbestos, you may be able to file a lawsuit and collect compensation. Contact the asbestos lawyers of Williams Hart today by calling 800-781-3955.

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