Mesothelioma Lawsuit Information

Asbestos DangersMesothelioma due to toxic asbestos exposure, is diagnosed in 2,000 to 3,000 new patients each year. A mesothelioma lawsuit can be filed by a mesothelioma victim in order to recover damages for medical bills, lost income, and pain and suffering associate with the development of this disease. If the mesothelioma victim has already passed away, the lawsuit can be filed by a family member or the executor of the deceased's estate.

Employers and manufacturers of asbestos products can be liable for the onset of mesothelioma that develops as a result, especially when they were aware of the risks linked with the level of exposure they caused. Contacting a qualified mesothelioma attorney should be the first step in discovering what your legal rights are for a mesothelioma lawsuit. Contact a mesothelioma lawyer who is familiar and has experience with other asbestos cases.

Mesothelioma Lawsuit Questions and Answers

Where can I find a mesothelioma attorney?

There are many qualified mesothelioma lawyers that can handle your case, but it’s important to find an attorney that will listen to your concerns, not pressure you into anything, and is willing to see your case through. The Internet is usually a good place to start researching asbestos attorneys and law firms that specialize in mesothelioma lawsuits. You can examine individual attorney credentials and access the experience of the mesothelioma law firm. You can also submit your contact information online to have an attorney contact you to review your mesothelioma case for free.

How long do I have to file a mesothelioma lawsuit?

The statute of limitations for mesothelioma lawsuits differs from state to state, but in most cases the time limit is one to two years from the diagnosis of mesothelioma. It is important to contact a mesothelioma attorney or law firm today so the time limitation for your state can be checked, otherwise your may not be eligible to file a claim.

How can I afford legal help and how much will I get?

Mesothelioma attorneys work on a contingency basis, meaning you don't have to pay anything up front and they only get paid if they recover damages on your behalf. You will not have to pay a dime unless you receive compensation for your mesothelioma case. The attorney will take a percentage of your asbestos lawsuit damages as their compensation and fee.

It is virtually impossible to estimate how much money you will get from your mesothelioma case. Your attorney will discuss this with you in detail when you go through the details of your asbestos claim. However, past mesothelioma settlements have been in the hundreds of thousands of dollars and even multi–million dollar settlements have been awarded.

I don’t know when and where I was exposed to asbestos? Do I still have a case?

If you know where and when you were exposed to asbestos, it will speed up the process of your mesothelioma lawsuit. If you don't know or don’t remember, your mesothelioma attorney will be able to help via their team of private investigators (paid by the attorney) who will do the research to help determine where and when the asbestos exposure took place and who is responsible.

Once I file a mesothelioma lawsuit, what will I have to do myself?

In order to evaluate your asbestos claim, the company or companies that you sue will want to know information about you before they consider offering a settlement. Your attorney will help you provide the necessary information for your asbestos case. Typically, you will also be required by the defendants to give an oral deposition. Your attorney will help prepare you for the deposition and will be there to defend you.

Will my mesothelioma case settle out of court or will my lawsuit go to court?

Each mesothelioma case is very different and it is hard to say if your case will go to court. However, many mesothelioma lawsuits never go to court because companies settle before trial. Your asbestos injury attorney will advise you in the beginning of the chances of going to court vs. settling out of court.

Can smoking cause mesothelioma?

Smoking does not cause mesothelioma. If you are a smoker and have mesothelioma, you still can file a mesothelioma lawsuit.

What jurisdiction do I have to file my mesothelioma lawsuit in?

The jurisdiction for your mesothelioma case will be decided by you and your attorney. Talk to your mesothelioma lawyer about which jurisdiction is best to file your lawsuit.

If my mesothelioma lawsuit is filed out of state, will I have to travel?

No. In most cases your mesothelioma attorney will come to you to perform an interview and go to court on your behalf. In some cases you may be required to travel, but it most often is minimal.

How many cases of mesothelioma are diagnosed each year in the U.S.?

2,000 to 3,000 new cases of mesothelioma are diagnosed each year in the United States.