What Is the Mesothelioma Case Process?
Nicole Winch | March 10, 2020
The thought of filing a lawsuit may seem like a daunting task, especially as you navigate through treatment. However, as a mesothelioma patient, you are entitled to compensation for the asbestos exposure that caused your cancer.
Oftentimes, patients are hesitant about filing a mesothelioma lawsuit because they believe the process is lengthy or may require their effort and energy. Many patients also assume they won’t have any success taking legal action since asbestos exposure occurred years ago.
At Bullock Campbell Bullock & Harris, we understand the many misconceptions people have about the mesothelioma case process. Our experienced lawyers regularly clear up these misconceptions and myths to ease patients about the idea of taking legal action.
To help you, we’ve laid out all the available steps of the mesothelioma case process.
What Are the Legal Steps When You File a Mesothelioma Claim?
The legal steps you take following your diagnosis are important. Hiring a lawyer immediately after your diagnosis ensures you follow the proper process and can focus on getting better while they represent your case.
While each mesothelioma case varies, most cases follow these steps:
- Preparation: Lawyers help determine where your asbestos exposure occurred. During this time, your lawyers may ask questions related to your medical, occupational and personal history. This information provides evidence to back up your claim.
- Filing: Your mesothelioma claim is filed in the state(s) most beneficial to your case. Experienced lawyers know which locations are best for mesothelioma lawsuits.
- Discovery: Lawyers will assess any available evidence, such as your work history and the time of your asbestos exposure. Key witnesses and medical experts are gathered during this step. Your lawyer may also have you record your testimony to serve as a deposition, in case it’s needed.
- Negotiations: Lawyers from each side meet to negotiate a settlement amount. Doing so will avoid a lengthy trial and help you receive compensation quickly.
- Trial and judgement: If your case goes to trial, a judge or jury determines your verdict. Few mesothelioma lawsuits make it to trial. In most cases, the defense attorneys are eager to settle to avoid a massive verdict and additional legal fees.
When patients settle or go to trial, they receive mesothelioma compensation based on a variety of different factors. Some of these factors include lost wages, medical treatment expenses, disability and funeral expenses.
The attorneys at BCBH Law can help you decide the best course of action for your case. Knowing all the available options in the mesothelioma case process can prevent you from losing out on your deserved compensation. Contact one of our lawyers to begin the mesothelioma case process today.