How Effective are Mesothelioma Cancer Lawsuits?

by admin on March 25, 2009

If you’re dealing with the medical and emotional effects of mesothelioma, or if you’ve had a family member who died from the disease, it’s likely that you’re eligible to file a lawsuit. Always remember that you’re the innocent victim in these cases, and what has happened is not your fault. Therefore, it’s only right that you should file a legal claim for compensation. If you’re the victim, you will be able to file a personal injury claim. If you’re filing in behalf of a family member, you’ll file a wrongful death suit. The way these claims are filed will differ from state to state, so it’s wise to hire an attorney who specializes in mesothelioma cases to see to your best interests.

People who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma usually feel like their world has fallen apart. Any time we hear the word “cancer” we all think the worst, and mesothelioma is a form of lung cancer that was brought on by working in an environment where asbestos was present. Even if you never worked in such a place but got the disease from close contact with a person who did, you still may be eligible to file a claim. If you know where it was that you worked with asbestos it’s great, because your lawyer will be better able to expedite your claim. Even if you don’t know where you came in contact with it, though, you should still look into filing a claim. The lawyer will be able to have research done to pinpoint where the exposure took place.

All mesothelioma claims need to be filed in a timely manner depending on the date of diagnosis and the laws in the state where the suit is being filed. Every state sets its own time limits for filing lawsuits, and you need to know what those limits are so that you can file before the time is up. In most states the law will give you from 1 to 2 years after diagnosis to file your suit; however, since the time limits can vary from state to state, it’s something you should check on right away. If you wait too long, you won’t be able to file a suit at all. Time limits apply to both personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits, so make sure that you act quickly.

Don’t hesitate to file mesothelioma lawsuits because you’re afraid of what an expert lawyer is going to cost you. These people are well aware of the lost wages and medical bills you’re already facing, and so they work on a no win, no fee basis. By so doing they guarantee that they will win your case and get adequate restitution for you or else the work they put in will be given free of charge.

Once you’ve discussed your claim with your lawyer, he’ll be able to give you a better idea of how much in damages you can hope to win. A lot will depend on how good of a case he can put together against your employer and on the severity of the cancer. You’ll be interested to know, though, that in the past there have been mesothelioma cancer lawsuits that have netted thousands of dollars in payments and even as much as several million dollars in some instances. Therefore, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain by pursuing your legal rights if you’re suffering from mesothelioma.