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Asbestos Lawyers

Asbestos lawyers deal with mesothelioma cancer cases, in which a person has contracted this rare and harmful disease because of the negligence of willful intent of another person or company.

 

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Asbestos lawyers are often called mesothelioma lawyers as well since most asbestos illnesses center on this aggressive and non-curable form of cancer. The first lawsuit against an asbestos manufacturer was in 1929 and asbestos was one of the first hazardous pollutants named in the Clean Air Act of 1970.

Since this time, asbestos lawyers have been bringing suits against manufacturers who have used asbestos in brake linings, construction applications such as insulation, shipbuilders and mining companies.

Asbestos lawyers are very familiar with asbestos dangers and the aggressive disease process of mesothelioma and know that time is of the essence in pursuing the case. Most, who are diagnosed with mesothelioma are in the later stages of the disease with only weeks or months to live. Cases that are started by the injured party are often finished by the family members of the deceased and settlements help to pay large medical bills from the mesothelioma treatment necessary to first try and save the patient's life or second to extend the life as much as possible.
In order to choose a qualified asbestos lawyer, it is important to note:

1. How much experience do they have with asbestos cases (cases handled and tried)?
2. How much knowledge do they have of the disease process of mesothelioma?
3. Does the asbestos lawyer work on contingency only or what are the other fees involves?
4. Does the lawyer recommend you become a part of a larger class action or file a lawsuit independently?
5. How does the attorney see the lawsuit process taking place and what is your role in it?
6. Does the lawyer know the statute of limitations in your state?

Once the decision has been made to hire a certain asbestos lawyer, then the real work begins. So that the asbestos lawyer may give top notch legal advice it will be important that they receive a full medical history and a history of the clients contact with asbestos. The asbestos lawyer will want to know names, dates, employment history, witnesses and any other relevant information that ties the client's contact with asbestos to the current medical illness. The asbestos lawyer may even hire a private investigator to fill in the memory gaps if the exposure to asbestos was, for instance, 30 or 40 years ago.

Asbestos lawyers typically work with clients who come from particular industries who have been specifically affected by exposure to asbestos. Power plant and industrial plant workers, construction workers, autoworkers and Naval servicemen top the list. Those who handled or were around insulation materials made with asbestos and products such as brake linings make up most of the cases. There are also a significant amount of second-hand asbestos inhalers that make up an asbestos lawyer's caseload. These are mostly family members who handled the clothing ripe with asbestos dust of someone in one of the aforementioned professions.

If the client was in the military, then most asbestos lawyers will not sue the government, but instead will go after the product manufacturers for damages. This is an important point to find out upfront when interviewing a prospective asbestos lawyer to take on a case.

Asbestos lawyers who are experienced in mesothelioma lawsuits give out specific legal advice to their clients and pursue litigation in order to help recover the considerable medical expenses that accrue in treating the disease. Many asbestos lawyers will also persuade juries to award punitive damages to discourage companies from continuing to act in a negligent or willfully malicious manner. Often times the punitive damages will far exceed the actual damages in mesothelioma cases.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 


 

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