Mesothelioma lawsuit FAQs
After years of practicing law in Louisiana and handling a large number of asbestos exposure and mesothelioma lawsuits – we come across many of the same questions from victims and their families. These are some of the most regularly asked questions we receive. However if you do not see your particular question addressed here, please contact us and one of our Louisiana mesothelioma attorneys will be happy to help you.
What is mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma, also referred to as malignant mesothelioma, is a cancer that affects the mesothelium, the thin layer of protective tissue that surrounds the internal organs. The cancerous cells are most often found in the pleura, which is the outer lining of the chest wall and lungs, but can be found nearly anywhere in the body. This relatively rare cancer is almost always caused by exposure to asbestos.
Can I file a mesothelioma lawsuit even if I am not the one who was exposed to asbestos?
Yes. You do not have to be the person initially exposed to asbestos in order to file the mesothelioma lawsuit. Mesothelioma lawsuits can be filed by someone who has developed asbestos cancer (mesothelioma) through frequent and extensive exposure to someone who had contact with asbestos even if they were never in contact with the asbestos source themselves. Additionally, if your loved one has passed away due to mesothelioma, you can file a mesothelioma lawsuit on their behalf.
Why should I file a lawsuit if a loved one or I has been affected by mesothelioma?
The American judicial system believes that you are entitled to compensation for the anguish suffered as a result of other’s negligence, and this can only occur if you make the effort to file a lawsuit. While a settlement will not cure your disease, it will help to cover the medical bills related to the disease. Additionally, it may afford you the ability to take care of your loved ones financially when you are no longer able to do so.
How long does it take to settle a mesothelioma lawsuit?
Every lawsuit is different, and depending on your particular case the amount of time until settlement can vary greatly. Lawsuits than can be settled out of court are the fastest, however not every lawsuit can be settled equitably for our clients and as a result, some go to trial.
When should I file my mesothelioma lawsuit?
After you have had your mesothelioma symptoms diagnosed by a physician, it is important to file your mesothelioma lawsuit quickly because the statute of limitation varies by state. Seeking out a lawyer with experience in mesothelioma lawsuits will give you the best chance of obtaining a settlement and doing so in a timely manner. An experienced mesothelioma lawyer will also be able to provide extensive mesothelioma information as well as guidance to any time restrictions that may be relevant for your particular situation.
If you do not see your mesothelioma lawsuit question answered here – please contact us and we will be happy to help you in any way we can.