Coping with a mesothelioma diagnosis is nothing short of a tragic experience. You’ve worked hard all your life only to discover that it’s all being stripped away from you because your employer, at one time or another, failed to ensure that you were protected from asbestos. Now you’re worried about your medical care, your family, and what the future has in store.
How an attorney can help
Your concerns are understandable, and now is the time to start taking the steps necessary to ensure that your family is taken care of in the long run. That will likely require you to take legal action. That prospect can be daunting, too. But an attorney who is well-versed in this area of the law may prove to be the support that you need as you navigate your situation. Here are just some of the ways that a mesothelioma attorney may be beneficial to you:
- Information collecting: To support your mesothelioma claim, you’re going to have to have evidence that shows that you were exposed to asbestos. This can be an onerous process, especially given that your exposure likely occurred decades ago. However, an attorney can help assess your work history to identify the products that you were exposed to that may have contained asbestos. An attorney who is experienced in this area of the law may even already have some information about certain products from other cases that have been worked.
- Securing expert witnesses: Some mesothelioma cases require expert testimony. These experts may speak to whether a certain product contained asbestos or how you could have been exposed to asbestos when working with a product, or you may need an expert to help paint a picture of your medical condition and your prognosis. An attorney can help you identify these witnesses and prepare them for court.
- Gathering medical evidence: Remember, in addition to proving liability in these cases, you also have to demonstrate the extent of your damages. Presenting medical evidence can help you do both. Your medical records can help establish that you’ve been diagnoses with mesothelioma and show the treatment that you’ve received and are likely to receive moving forward. These records can also demonstrate the extent of the costs that you’ve incurred and are expected to incur.
- Addressing noneconomic damages: Although the financial realities of your situation can be overwhelming, the emotional turmoil that you’re facing can be unbearable. You should be compensated for that. To help strengthen your argument in that regard, you might want to keep a written record of how your medical condition and your treatment has affected your ability to live a normal life and enjoy time with your family. Your attorney can help you paint a picture of the damage that your condition has done to you and your family.
- Developing a legal strategy: After all evidence has been gathered, you’re still going to need a legal strategy. You’ll want to be familiar with applicable statutory and case law that may support your position, and you’ll need to be prepared to raise and meet objections that address pertinent legal issues. Your attorney can help you craft the legal strategy that best positions you for success.
Are you ready to take action?
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, then please know that help is available. Experienced attorneys can help you understand your legal options.