Mesothelioma is a fatal form of cancer that is unusual in many aspects. Mesothelioma has the distinction of being a cancer that has a single, known cause – exposure to asbestos, a mineral that was used in industrial and military settings for many years in this country with absolutely no protection or warning provided to those who came into contact with it.
Asbestos continues to be used by some industries today, though its use is much more controlled and employees are afforded high levels of protection.
Mesothelioma is just one of the illnesses that asbestos causes, but it is the one that is most deadly – the average lifespan of a mesothelioma patient following diagnosis is just two years, with some dying sooner and a lucky few surviving a few years past that benchmark.
Because mesothelioma is an illness that is completely preventable, many lawsuits have been filed on behalf of its victims and their families, holding the companies that are responsible for exposure to asbestos accountable for the damage that they have done.
The area of law that encompasses mesothelioma lawsuits is known as tort law or personal injury law. Tort law is best practiced by those with a strong knowledge of its many intricacies, and mesothelioma is an even narrower area of these laws, with different states having different rules involving how these cases are handled and compensated.
Because of the complex nature of asbestos law and mesothelioma lawsuits, it is imperative that mesothelioma victims who decide to pursue a lawsuit against those responsible for their illness are represented by an experienced attorney who specializes in these types of cases.
Our attorneys have been practicing mesothelioma law for over two decades. We understand all aspects of the disease and the law that pertains to it so that we can best represent our clients.
Mesothelioma Lawyers Have Specialized Knowledge
Other exposures can come from having a family member work with or around asbestos, or living in an area where asbestos was mined or through which the product was transported.
In order for your mesothelioma attorney to be able to provide you with all-encompassing representation that will get you the highest possible compensation for your injuries, they need to be aware of all of the possible defendants that may have been involved in your exposure.
Where an inexperienced attorney may simply pursue your employer, an experienced mesothelioma lawyer knows to dig deeper, connecting the dots between your exposure and the manufacturers, distributors, owners and contractors that provided the material to your workplace and all had a hand in your disease.
This multi-prong approach is just one of the differences between using an inexperienced attorney and using a lawyer that specializes in mesothelioma, and it makes a very big difference in the amount of compensation that a well-represented client receives.
Mesothelioma attorneys also know which states are more advantageous for filing mesothelioma lawsuits, what the filing deadlines and statutes of limitations are for individual states, what the financial or bankruptcy status of the different companies involved in asbestos litigation may be, and much more detail that can alter the outcome of your case.