If you’ve been diagnosed with mesothelioma or a loved one recently received a mesothelioma diagnosis, you may want to pursue legal action. So where do you begin? The first step is to select an attorney who can assist you in building a mesothelioma case. Then, you’ll be tasked with determining how and when you were exposed to asbestos. Once this is determined, you’ll need to gather documents and pertinent evidence to support your case. You’ll also want to contact others who were exposed to asbestos simultaneously to determine if they’ve received a mesothelioma diagnosis. The team at Mesowatch is determined to account every party liable in your asbestos exposure.
Contact an Attorney Specializing in Mesothelioma Lawsuits
Seeking legal help in a prompt manner is absolutely essential because the law limits the amount of time you have to file a lawsuit. Plus, mesothelioma is a fast-moving disease with a poor prognosis, so it’s best to begin proceedings as soon as possible.
Always turn to a lawyer who is experienced in mesothelioma cases and asbestos lawsuits. Check references and speak to clients who’ve filed a meso lawsuit and received a settlement. It’s best to choose a mesothelioma law firm that values its clients and works to provide them with plenty of information, helpful resources and valuable guidance as you seek out financial help and other benefits that meso patients are entitled to receive.
Meso law firms generally do not ask for a retainer for this type of case; rather, they typically take their fee when you receive a settlement.
Did You Work in an Industry Linked to Asbestos Exposure and Mesothelioma?
Determining when and if you were exposed to asbestos is key to taking legal action and building a viable mesothelioma lawsuit.
According to some estimates, more than 11 million Americans were exposed to asbestos in the workplace in the period from 1940 to 1978. With 1 in 10 asbestos exposure incidents leading to mesothelioma lung cancer, there’s a good chance your profession led to your exposure.
There are many industries and professions that have been linked with asbestos, including:
- Ship building
- Plumbing and heating
- Factory workers
- Builders and contractors
- Automotive technicians and mechanics
- Railroad workers
- Roofers and siding installation technicians
Fingerprint dusting powder has also been found to contain asbestos, so those in the field of law enforcement and crime scene investigation may also be exposed to asbestos.
Did You Serve in the Military?
In addition to the aforementioned industries, many asbestos exposures causing mesothelioma occurred during an individual’s military services.
So for veterans, it’s possible that you were exposed to asbestos during your service. This is especially likely if you performed work on a ship or worked with plumbing, insulation or electrical systems.
Did You Experience Environmental or Secondhand Exposure?
In cases where an individual did not work in an industry that has been linked to asbestos exposure and mesothelioma, it’s possible that asbestos exposure arose in another manner.
There have been many documented cases of secondhand exposure involving spouses and family members of individuals who worked in an industry or profession where they were exposed to asbestos. The asbestos particles could be carried into the home on the individual’s clothing. They then become airborne and others inhale or ingest the particles, resulting in asbestos exposure and ultimately, mesothelioma lung cancer.
Living near a mine where asbestos is mined can lead to exposure because fine particles can become airborne, floating throughout the surrounding neighborhoods.
Even living in an older house with asbestos-laden materials could lead to exposure.
Asbestos has also been found in heat-resistant garments, fire blankets, fire-proofing materials, fire doors, brake pads, automotive clutches, insulation, flooring, siding, roofing, and even some crayons!
Contact Others Who May Have Been Exposed
If you’re diagnosed with mesothelioma, the first task is to determine if, when and how you were exposed to asbestos.
Once this is determined, it’s wise to contact others who may have also been exposed, such as fellow veterans and former colleagues. If others have developed mesothelioma, this can add credibility to your lawsuit. It’s also an opportunity to warn others that they may be at risk of developing mesothelioma.
Before contacting others, it’s best to consult your attorney. Some law firms may wish to investigate this and handle communications on your behalf.
Document as Much Information as Possible
Write down as much information as you can recall and gather relevant documents and other materials with evidentiary value. You’ll also need to get documentation from your physicians, along with relevant test results and scans to document the fact that you have a diagnosis of mesothelioma that’s likely the result of asbestos exposure.
Keep a copy of all documents on-file in a location that’s known to family members who can access the materials if you pass away before the lawsuit is settled. Sadly, some mesothelioma victims don’t live to see a settlement, even with expedited proceedings. But your family members will be entitled to compensation on your behalf.
It’s wise to involve a spouse or family member as you build your case so a loved one is involved and familiar with the proceedings.