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Mesothelioma is one of the deadliest diseases around. It’s an aggressive form of cancer that sees most sufferers die within a year. The five-year survival rate for mesothelioma is less than 10%. Sadly, there’s no known cure.
Anyone who has worked in an environment where this once common material was used is at risk. So how can lawyers help mesothelioma patients get access to compensation?
Tracking Down the Responsible Party
Claiming compensation for mesothelioma is notoriously difficult. Unlike other accidents, a mesothelioma asbestos attorney has to track down individuals and businesses that operated decades ago. There’s a lot of detective work involved. Both individuals and companies could either not exist or could have changed their names.
The latency period for mesothelioma could last as long as 35 to 40 years. Before this, the otherwise healthy individual will show no outward signs of mesothelioma.
You need an attorney who is willing to perform the necessary investigative work to find the responsible party.
Proving Liability for Asbestos Exposure
One reason why so many mesothelioma sufferers don’t get the support they need is they can’t prove asbestos exposure. How can asbestos exposure be proved when the asbestos is gone, and an office no longer looks the same?
That’s where a lawyer must help you. Using existing records, they can help prove liability so you can get the compensation you deserve.
Things become especially complicated if a client moved jobs during their working lives. You need a lawyer to isolate the asbestos exposure in a legal sense.
But What if the Patient Dies?
Don’t believe that a mesothelioma sufferer must keep on living for the duration of the case. Any mesothelioma claims become part of the victim’s estate. And now the descendants of the victim can claim for wrongful death.
The fact is that industrial disease claims don’t vanish with the patient’s death. An experienced mesothelioma attorney can fight your case even after the death of someone with the disease.
You can get the justice you deserve and the compensation you require to reimburse additional medical costs and funeral expenses.
Should I Attempt to Do it Myself?
Absolutely not! Asbestos claims are notoriously complicated. With large settlements common, it’s not irregular to see an asbestos legal case find its way into a courtroom. The last thing you want is to see your case derailed because you tried to go at it alone.
Your lawyer will handle your case with care and ensure that you can become part of any ongoing class action lawsuits for mesothelioma.
Last Word – Awareness is Rising
The chances are you’re reading this because of all the news about mesothelioma. Cases have exploded as a previous generation of workers hit the average latency period for the disease.
In the next ten years, there’s expected to be many more mesothelioma cases. Make sure you have a lawyer on your side, so you don’t lose your chance at getting justice and the compensation you deserve.
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