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How to Choose a Mesothelioma Lawyer

Finding the right lawyer for your case is just as important as finding the right medical specialist to oversee your care.

Given the rarity of pleural mesothelioma, a general practice lawyer will not have the expertise needed to win your case. Seeking a lawyer who specializes in mesothelioma is vital to your legal success.

Factors to consider when looking for the right lawyer:

  • Experience and good reputation in handling mesothelioma cases
  • Understanding of the intricacies of this disease
  • Knowledge of past landmark asbestos cases
  • Compassion for your family
  • Willingness to make the process easy for you
  • Ability to estimate the potential value of your case, without making unreasonable guarantees

If you were diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma or lost a family member to the disease, you have grounds to make a legal case against any company who knowingly exposed you or your loved one to asbestos.

Mesothelioma can be prevented. Medical researchers and product manufacturers have known this for nearly a century, and yet too many kept quiet and chose not to inform the public — or their own employees — about the severe health consequences of working around asbestos.

The World Health Organization estimates 125 million workers worldwide have been exposed to asbestos. In the United States, about 3,000 people are diagnosed with mesothelioma each year. Most have pleural mesothelioma.

Consequently, there were 2,190 mesothelioma lawsuits filed in 2017, according to a litigation review from legal consulting firm KCIC.

How a Mesothelioma Lawyer Can Help

It’s important to consider talking to an attorney if you have been diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma. You usually only have one to four years after your initial diagnosis to file a claim. If your loved one passed away from pleural mesothelioma, the time limit starts from the time of death.

You usually only have 1–4years after your initial diagnosis to file a claim.

Qualified mesothelioma attorneys can help you understand litigation procedures and file a timely legal claim. They can also see your claim through the case process and possibly improve your chances of obtaining compensation.

Depending on court rules and individual case circumstances, an attorney may be able to get your pleural mesothelioma case expedited for trial.

A qualified lawyer will work with you to determine:

  • When and where you were exposed to asbestos
  • How much and how long you were exposed
  • What injuries occurred because of exposure
  • Who to hold accountable

All these details are needed to make a strong case. Mesothelioma attorneys are usually paid a percentage of any compensation you may obtain.

Types of Mesothelioma Lawsuits

There are two types of pleural mesothelioma lawsuits: Personal injury claims filed by people with mesothelioma, and wrongful death claims filed by surviving family members.

If you file a personal injury claim but die before your case is resolved, an attorney can work with your family or estate to continue pursuing the claim against those who caused your illness.

Whether you file a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit, a mesothelioma lawyer may be able to obtain compensation to help provide for your family, assist with remaining medical bills and address other losses.

Legal compensation can cover:

  • Cancer treatment costs not covered by insurance
  • Expenses related to traveling for specialized treatment
  • Loss of income if the patient or a family caregiver can no longer work
  • Professional caregiving costs
  • Therapy and grief support services
  • Funeral expenses

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