Evaluating Your Case
When you learn you're suffering from mesothelioma, it's natural to question why and how you've developed this serious and debilitating disease. If you've been exposed on the job, you'll undoubtedly blame your employer. Or perhaps you used asbestos products at home in do-it-yourself projects or car repairs. If so, who's to blame for your disease in these cases?
A mesothelioma diagnosis poses lots of questions about responsibility and most of them can't be answered without the aid of medical professionals and an attorney who's well versed in handling asbestos-related cases. These experts can help evaluate your individual case and determine whether or not it will be worth the time and stress it takes to file a lawsuit against your employer or an asbestos product manufacturer.
During a case evaluation, a lawyer may ask the following questions:
- Where were you employed?
- Did you work with asbestos or asbestos-containing materials on a regular basis?
- What were the dates of your employment?
- Have others who worked with you also developed asbestos-related diseases?
- Did your employer take any precautions to protect you from asbestos exposure?
- Do you have medical insurance? If so, does it cover treatment? **Note - It's often best to have medical papers readily available, including pathology and cytology reports.
- Are there any witnesses who can attest to your asbestos exposure?
- Do you have a will? If so, who is your executor?
Preparing the answers to all of these questions before you meet with your chosen lawyer will help expedite the process. Asbestos cases can take months to research and organize so the more you can help by being prepared, the quicker the suit will progress.
If, after hearing your answers, the lawyer determines you have a case, he will proceed by filing a suit with the proper jurisdiction. Once the suit is filed, your attorney will keep you posted on the progress of the case and will contact you if he/she needs further information or paperwork. Make sure you or a loved one is accessible to the lawyer at all times so that the case can proceed smoothly and in a timely manner.
Last modified: December 27, 2010.