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Why are asbestos legal claims so complicated?

On Behalf of | Jul 20, 2021 | Mesothelioma/Asbestos-Related Illness

Proving that someone else is legally and financially responsible for an incident causing injuries or illnesses can be more complicated than people expect. Many components must be in place for a claim to be successful and result in a satisfactory outcome for victims.

And legal claims that involve asbestos and a mesothelioma diagnosis can be particularly complex. There are a few reasons for this.

The time between exposure and diagnosis

People do not develop mesothelioma right away after asbestos exposure. It can take 30, 40 or even 50 years to start exhibiting symptoms and get a diagnosis.

This long latency period can make it tricky to know where and when a person may have experienced asbestos exposure.

However, legal representatives familiar with these claims can make this aspect much easier with their knowledge of common exposure sources and experience in identifying negligent parties in the past. 

The number of parties involved

When someone is diagnosed with mesothelioma, there is a high likelihood that they worked with asbestos-containing products or lived with someone who did. Thus, parties may file claims against several different parties.

Additionally, going back to how long it can take to receive a diagnosis, it is common for companies to have changed ownership or names. And often, occupational exposure involves parties who worked in many different jobs and locations, all of which could have contributed to a person’s exposure risk.

Because of this, many mesothelioma lawsuits have several defendants.

The importance of swift resolutions

Tragically, people with mesothelioma do not have the luxury of time when it comes to pursuing a fair outcome in a legal claim. They and their families want to secure the financial remedies and closure they deserve before the illness becomes fatal. 

Because of this, it can be crucial to avoid unnecessary delays in the legal process and be aggressive in negotiating a settlement or litigating the claim. Balancing the importance of swift outcomes with the need for a fair resolution can make these lawsuits even trickier.

Overcoming complications

Parties affected by mesothelioma mustn’t let these complexities deter them from taking legal action. 

Legal representatives skilled in these claims can help make it a less overwhelming experience so you can pursue compensation while staying focused on your health and your family.

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