How to Litigate if You Find You Have Cancer from Asbestos Exposure

Getting a cancer diagnosis is a frightening experience. If you have been diagnosed with a type of cancer due to asbestos exposure you have the right to take action. Here are some simple guidelines for getting a litigation matter started.

Exposure to asbestos can lead to a cancer called mesothelioma. If you have recently been diagnosed with this disease, you may be entitled to a legal settlement. Your first step is getting the help of a compassionate attorney in your area that specializes in this form of litigation.

Your attorney will sit you down and give you a free evaluation in order to put together a case on your behalf. You may also be asked to go to a doctor selected by the attorney to get more reports and treatments that focus on your type of cancer. Your attorney may also be able to help you get veteran benefits for this and other asbestos diseases.

Getting Litigation Started

You may worry about paying an attorney to litigate for you. But, many attorneys who are focused on getting verdicts for their clients will work with you to ask for payment only after a settlement or a judgment has been reached in your favor. Do not let the fear of having to pay an attorney stop you from seeking at least a free consultation.

You may have seen commercials on television for attorneys that handle mesothelioma cases. There are some lawyers who have been able to get settlements in the millions for one individual or a class of people who sue various organizations for damages. You could use the information you get from a local television commercial as a good starting point for meeting with an attorney in your area.

It also helps if you can research other attorneys or other people online who may be trying to sue a major organization for damages together. You could become part of a class action lawsuit versus suing all by yourself.

It is important to understand that filing a case will not automatically guarantee you of millions of dollars. The compensation you receive depends on the severity of your diagnosis, your past medical history as well as obtaining proof of negligence. Your attorney will go over all of these details with you so that you understand what the first steps are in actually starting litigation. You will hear terms like “complaint” and “summons” which are the first legal forms filed in a court against a defendant. You will be considered a plaintiff. Again, your attorney will go over everything with you.

Bear in mind that no reputable attorney will promise you that you will win a case and obtain a settlement. A good attorney will assemble as many facts about your situation before recommending you pursue the matter through litigation. However, if you have been diagnosed with cancer due to asbestos exposure and you worked in an area where there was asbestos your chances of getting a settlement are probably good.

Further Resources: Mesothelioma Advocate, UTSA Asbestos