Getting advice from an experienced mesothelioma lawyer is the first step in protecting your legal rights. Patients who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma are often overwhelmed with the issues surrounding the treatment of their disease, making it difficult to contemplate their legal rights. An experienced mesothelioma attorney can explain your legal rights to you, evaluate your case, and pursue a legal claim on your behalf while you or a loved one focuses on obtaining medical treatment.
Substantial Legal Rights
A person diagnosed with mesothelioma has substantial legal rights and may be entitled to bring a lawsuit against manufacturers, suppliers, and installers of asbestos-containing products and equipment which caused or contributed to their illness.
Through prior litigation, it has been established that businesses that made or sold asbestos products, as well as owners of industrial facilities and plants, knew that breathing asbestos dust was hazardous to a worker’s health. These hazards were hidden by these companies, causing millions of people to be exposed to this hazardous dust. Unfortunately, some of those who were exposed have developed mesothelioma.
Persons with mesothelioma may sue the asbestos manufacturers, sellers, or companies that incorporated asbestos into their products to recover money damages for their injuries.
The damages that may be recovered include:
- Medical bills related to treatment
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of income and/or earning capacity
- Loss of companionship or a spousal or parental relationship
- Loss of financial support
- Funeral and burial costs
Act Without Delay
Once an individual is diagnosed with mesothelioma, prompt action is required. The laws vary state from state, but the statute of limitations in every state requires that lawsuits be filed within certain time periods. To successfully bring a lawsuit against those who were responsible for your mesothelioma, it is important to act quickly so that none of your legal rights are lost.