Receiving a mesothelioma diagnosis can turn your world upside down. In this situation, you want to rely on your doctors and loved ones to help you through. However, an attorney can also provide valuable guidance to help you in four important ways.
1: Gathering evidence
Understanding how and when you may have been exposed to asbestos can be complicated. It can involve tracing back decades of your employment history and places you lived, looking for potential sources of asbestos exposure.
This process can be tedious and complicated, particularly if you are not sure what exactly you are looking for.
However, an attorney experienced in mesothelioma claims typically knows where to look and what to look for when gathering evidence, which can provide the foundation upon which you can build a legal claim.
2: Pursuing compensation
Treating mesothelioma and coping with how it changes your life and the lives of those around you can be expensive, even if you have insurance. However, you should not have to exhaust your own finances or go into debt because of this diagnosis. Further, you may be entitled to damages due to the negligence of others.
An attorney can help you identify liable parties and seek compensation, which can cover everything from medical bills to emotional distress and future loss of support. These financial remedies can be incredibly valuable for those coping with this illness.
3: Navigating the legal system
Collecting the compensation you may be eligible for can be a complicated process. How do you file a claim? What paperwork must you file, and what are the deadlines? Should you settle a claim or take it to court?
These are all critical issues to address, but you should be focusing on your health and family, not the nuances of the legal system. An attorney can tackle these issues to pursue your claim as efficiently as possible.
4: Connecting victims with resources
After a mesothelioma diagnosis, you may feel lonely and afraid, but know that there are resources to help you get through this experience.
Attorneys who represent mesothelioma victims and families may have connections and insight into a community facing the same challenges you are and can point you in the right direction for support, help and care resources, which can prove to be invaluable.