Lawsuits and Compensation
Mesothelioma Source has included this legal resources section to assist you and your family if you are interested in pursuing an asbestos-related lawsuit. This website is not owned by an attorney, and the information included is not partial or biased. However, if you are interested in pursuing a case and would like to contact the attorney we recommend, please fill out the form to the right to receive additional information.
When to Contact an Attorney
It is important that you contact an attorney as soon as you or your loved one has been diagnosed with an asbestos related disease. Although this is a difficult period for you and your family, there are three major reasons to make immediate contact. First, in many states, a case where the plaintiff is still living can receive priority for the court system. This means that compensation will we available sooner to support medical treatment and other lifestyle changes. Second, the person diagnosed is usually best for reconstructing their asbestos exposure history, which is essential. Third, all states have a statute of limitations, which requires your case to be filed within a certain time from being diagnosed. Even though an asbestos-related diagnosis is a painful time, the sooner you speak with an attorney the better.
Affording an Attorney
It is important to understand that all mesothelioma attorneys take cases on a contingent fee basis. This means that they will cover all the expenses involved in the case in exchange for a fraction of the settlement. This typically includes their time as well as travel and other expenses. Basically, the lawsuit will cost you nothing unless it is successful and you receive compensation.
What to Expect - Time & Compensation
The time required to receive compensation depends on the severity of your condition. If you have been diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma and are still living, there is a good chance that you will begin to receive compensation within 4 months. In addition, it is likely that your case will be completed within 6 to 12 from the start. Due to the unique circumstances of mesothelioma, many courts have been set up to give preference to those living in order to provide for treatment and other expenses. Thus, you can reasonably expect your case to be complete within 1 year.