Mesothelioma is a horrible disease to have to battle, and even worse to battle alone. For many that were exposed to asbestos, or who have had a history of working in hazardous situations, Mesothelioma has become one of the biggest fears for a family member to deal with.
If you or someone you love is currently fighting against Mesothelioma, you should know that you don’t have to go it alone. There is help, if you know how to get it.
Evaluate Your Case
First, you have to make sure you have a valid claim. Just saying you’re sick isn’t enough, you will be called upon to prove that your condition is the result of a situation you were put in. This could be something you file by yourself, or as a class action lawsuit. Depending on how many other people were affected, you may want to consider your options.
Next, look at the details of your situation. When did the exposure happen, and more importantly, who is responsible for that exposure? Were you forced into a situation where you would have exposure to asbestos, and if so, for how long? All of this can come into play when determining if you have a case, and also what your particular case may be worth.
Why an Attorney is Important
Above all else, you are going to want to have an experienced attorney in your corner. The law is on your side, but it can be confusing when dealing with Mesothelioma cases.
You want to make sure you have the most up to date information, and if any recent court cases have occurred that could have an impact on what you’re doing, you need to have someone who not only knows what is going on, but how to leverage that information in your favor.
What to Look for in an Attorney
Your first concern is finding someone who understands asbestos exposure and what it can do. You want someone who can sympathize with your situation, so you know they will fight for you.
Second, they need to be someone who empathizes with the fragile nature of the case. There are so many small ways an employer can try to get out of being held accountable, and your lawyer should know how to stop them at every turn.
Each state is different. If your work took you from state to state, you may want to get a lawyer that knows the laws for asbestos exposure across the country. Also, a good lawyer should be one that understands the right to claim compensation, and knows how to hold corporations responsible for their actions. You have medical needs, and they should be paying.
A good choice for an attorney is one with a proven track record with Asbestos cases. This is someone who knows what to expect with your case, and who can evaluate potential compensation. They should be willing to travel for you and get their hands dirty, so to speak.
All this can be challenging to find in the same firm, so you may want to consider searching a wide area for a good Mesothelioma attorney.
Fighting a company can be expensive. A good attorney will lay out the costs ahead of time, and should work their fees into the potential payout you will receive from your settlement.
Filing a Claim
Let your attorney do this. Filing can be a costly and time-consuming process, and it can be easy to mess up or miss a deadline. A good attorney knows what to do and how to do it right the first time.
Mesothelioma is a horrible disease to fight alone, so don’t. Get yourself an attorney that will fight for you, and who knows how to get the job done right. This is your health you’re fighting for, and they should be willing to put that fact first. The attorneys of Landry & Swarr would be honored to represent you and your family’s interests, so call our office for a consultation to see if we can help you today.