Since mesothelioma can result of asbestos exposure, which may have taken place many decades ago, when it comes to filing an asbestos mesothelioma lawsuit, much of the case relies on circumstantial evidence. Your lawyer will look for evidence to support your claim that your mesothelioma cancer is the byproduct of exposure to asbestos earlier in your life. Many mesothelioma victims were exposed to asbestos as part of their job duties a long time ago. Proving your asbestos exposure mesothelioma claim starts with a thorough look at your work history.
Were You Employed In An Industry Where Asbestos Exposure Was Likely?
For starters, it will need to be shown that you worked in some sort of position in the past where you could have been exposed to asbestos. Back in the 40s through the 70s, lots of industries routinely used or had employees exposed to asbestos material. Some of the potentially exposed employees worked as boilermakers, shipyard workers, Navy personnel, insulation installers, plumbers and pipefitters, steelworkers, refinery personnel, electricians, mechanics, industrial workers, carpenters, maintenance workers, etc.
When victims of asbestos exposure develop mesothelioma or other cancers due to their exposure, they can file a lawsuit against those who are responsible for causing their exposure in the first place. In many cases, this involves filing a personal injury or wrongful death claim against a former employer—or a former employer’s insurance company. It can also mean seeking damages against the asbestos industry directly as well.
If it seems likely that you or your loved one held a job position in the past where exposure to asbestos likely occurred, your lawyer’s next move will be to try to find evidence of your exposure. Evidence of the exposure could take the form of an official safety report record, an accident report, a work report or work order, or as testimony from an interview with a relevant witness or former coworker.
Gathering Medical Evidence of Your Mesothelioma
The other major component of an asbestos-exposure mesothelioma personal injury or wrongful death claim is the medical evidence supporting your diagnosis and future prognosis. Medical evidence can take the form of a doctor’s official diagnosis, doctors’ notes regarding your condition, your medical history, lab results, scans, and any other relevant documentation that shows the extent and severity of your mesothelioma condition.
Records of all your medical bills to date related to your mesothelioma treatment should also be included with your medical evidence. This could include bills from hospitalizations, special treatment such as chemotherapy and radiation, and records of any cost associated with special prescription medicines you need to manage your mesothelioma symptoms.
Most Likely Outcome
Mesothelioma personal injury and wrongful death claims that are supported by strong evidence relating the victim’s mesothelioma condition to asbestos exposure earlier in their lives, tend to be settled out of court. In a small number of asbestos mesothelioma lawsuits, the claims may go to trial, leaving the decision of whether damages should be awarded to a judge or jury.
Work With An Experienced Asbestos Mesothelioma Lawyer
The asbestos mesothelioma lawyers at Klok Law Firm, LLC want to see you and your family get the financial compensation that you deserve for the harm that has befallen you. Let us help you with your mesothelioma personal injury or wrongful death claim.
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