Though it is well documented that mesothelioma is caused by exposure to asbestos, very few people who worked with asbestos are actually aware of its dangers; many aren’t even aware that asbestos was present in their environment, so a diagnosis often comes as a shock.
Once the mesothelioma victim learns more about the illness and its causes and begins to give consideration to filing a mesothelioma lawsuit, they are often concerned about not knowing exactly where their exposure took place, and therefore not knowing who they can sue.
This is where an experienced mesothelioma attorney can make all the difference. Where attorneys who have not tried many mesothelioma or asbestos-related cases may be at a loss as to where to begin,
an attorney that has mesothelioma lawsuit experience and who specializes in this particular type of law has a wealth of resources from which to draw and can help determine the company or companies that are responsible for your condition.
We have tremendous resources devoted to helping our clients with the maximum compensation possible, including large databases to help determine where clients’ exposure derived from and what companies may be held responsible.
If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma but can’t figure out how you were exposed, we can help you solve the mystery.
Mesothelioma Takes Decades to Appear
Mesothelioma can be caused by as little as a single fiber of asbestos dust, so though some victims may be completely aware of where they were exposed, others may be completely mystified, particularly if they did not work in any of the traditional occupations that are typically exposed to asbestos-containing materials.
Even those for whom the answer may be obvious may not realize the extent or number of companies that can be held responsible; in many cases a mesothelioma lawsuit will include and name several different defendants,
including the victim’s employer, distributors that provided materials that contained asbestos, the asbestos mines from which the asbestos was originally obtained, and more.
One way or another, it is not the responsibility of the person who has been diagnosed with mesothelioma to come up with list of names – that job belongs to the law firm or attorney that you have chosen to represent you,
which is one of the reasons why it is so important to select a lawyer with extensive background and knowledge about the disease and about the lawsuits that have already been tried in connection with it.
The attorneys have been working with clients like yourself for decades; we don’t expect our clients to remember every place that they worked or every product and brand name that they worked with either. We take care of that for you.
We will pull your employment and medical history, not only from our interviews with you but also from the federal government and other similar agencies. With this information, we will be able to pinpoint all of the places where you worked throughout your life and compare those records with databases of mesothelioma and asbestos-related lawsuits. We can show you photographs of different brand names of products that have been used in similar industries or contact former co-workers to see what their memory is of the items that you worked with or the working conditions that you worked under in order to establish exactly where your exposure took place.
Non-Traditional Sources of Exposure
In most cases, those who have been exposed to asbestos were exposed on the job or while they served in the military, but on occasion there are instances where you were exposed because a friend or family member worked in one of those environments, or perhaps you worked in a building in which asbestos was used as insulation.
Other people were exposed as children (or adults) because they lived in a town close to where an asbestos mine or factory was located, or along a route that trucks carrying asbestos may have traveled.
All of these possibilities are familiar to an experienced mesothelioma attorney, and they will examine your personal history in a way that nobody without mesothelioma knowledge and background could.