If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with mesothelioma due to asbestos exposure, you may be overwhelmed with pursuing medical treatment and figuring out what the diagnosis means for you and your family. As soon as possible, though, you should consider contacting a lawyer about filing a compensation claim for the injuries that have been done to you. Here are five steps involved in making an asbestos claim using an asbestos cancer attorney:
Step 1 – The first step is to obtain a formal diagnosis blaming asbestos exposure for your mesothelioma (or lung cancer or asbestosis). Likely this has already been done. If not, there will need to be medical evidence gathered showing that your cancer was asbestos-induced. This can be done through biopsy, CT scan, MRI, endoscopy or a combination of two or more of these tests.
Step 2 – The next step is to search for a mesothelioma lawyer to represent you. A law firm of experienced attorneys with a track record of significant settlements is what you want. You also need a firm that you can feel good about – that understands what you’re going through and will be supportive of you throughout the legal process as you deal with your illness.
Step 3 – Next is to act before the statute of limitations expires. In Washington, the rule of thumb is three years from the time you know that asbestos caused your illness. Beyond this window, you won’t have recourse and will be blocked from pursuing a settlement. As soon as you have a diagnosis for you (or your loved one), choose an attorney and let them get to work on your claim!
Step 4 – The next step is to help your attorney prepare your claim. You will have to answer questions, give them access to your medical records and employment history. If you’ve chosen a good lawyer, they understand that mesothelioma can be exhausting and painful and will take this into account during this process. They will come to you if it’s too difficult for you to come in for your interview.
Step 5 – The final step is two-fold and involves patience and self-care. It will take some time for your attorney to pursue a claim against the company responsible for your illness. During this period, it’s important that you focus on your health, well-being and family. Stress is a known obstacle to effective medical care, so it’s critical that you not worry and leave your claim in your attorney’s capable hands.
Contact Us Today to Find Out About Making a Mesothelioma Claim
At Bergman Draper Oslund, mesothelioma claims are all we do. We have extensive research on asbestos exposure sites to help trace where you were exposed and find out what company(or companies) is responsible for your illness or loss of your loved one. To date, we have won over $700 million in damages for asbestos exposure victims like you. Our expertise and help are yours for the asking. Contact us today for a free consultation.