Mesothelioma (commonly referred to as malignant mesothelioma) is a severe and life-threatening cancer that affects the mesothelium, a thin layer of protective tissue that covers the internal organs like the lungs and chest wall. The rare cancer is caused by exposure to asbestos and is its progressive, yet fatal nature can quickly take a toll on the victim and their loved ones as well.
If you or your loved one is diagnosed with mesothelioma due to exposure to asbestos, it’s likely that you have lots of questions regarding what to do legally. Well, if it’s any consolation, you are not alone. A large number of mesothelioma and asbestos exposure claims victims and their families ask numerous questions to be certain on the best course of legal action they can take against the liable parties. This article will highlight some of those questions. But keep in mind that this list is by no means exhaustive. If you have further question, you can talk to the attorneys of Cohen, Placitella and Roth for further clarification and guidance.
Who is at risk for mesothelioma?
The most common source of mesothelioma is occupational exposure to asbestos. However, the exposure can also happen at home or via second-hand contact with asbestos. The high-risk group includes:
- Shipyard workers
- Building and demolition workers
- Auto and airplane mechanics
- Pipefitters, electricians, building engineers, and welders
- Insulation removal workers and HVAC installers
Can I file a mesothelioma claim on behalf of someone?
Yes, you can. You don’t need to be the person who was exposed to asbestos to file the lawsuit. The mesothelioma claim can be petitioned by the victim, or by any other affected party. For instance, if your family member died due to mesothelioma, you are eligible to file the mesothelioma claim on their behalf.
What do I gain if I file the mesothelioma lawsuit?
The US judicial system believes that you should be compensated for the sufferings that you’ve gone through due to someone else’s negligence. However, the only way you can recover for the damages is through filing a lawsuit. Although the compensation won’t take away your suffering and pain, it will help you cover the medical expenses and other related costs. It also may give you the ability to still provide for your family the way you used to, even when you cannot do so.
When is the right time to file a mesothelioma claim?
You should file a mesothelioma lawsuit as soon as a doctor has diagnosed you. Reason being, you only have a limited time to do so. After the allowed period elapses, you can no longer pursue the case. Working with an experienced mesothelioma lawyer is the best way to ensure you get the best possible outcomes for your situation.
How long does a mesothelioma lawsuit take to settle?
No lawsuit is similar to another, as such; it can be hard to give you the exact duration. However, your lawyer will consider a range of factors and use their experience handling such cases to provide you with a time estimate.