Crucial Questions to Ask Yourself When Planning to Make an Asbestos Lawsuit Claim
Being diagnosed with mesothelioma, due to exposure to asbestos, is a very serious thing. Chances are, if you’ve had the bad luck to have this happen to you, you’re now asking all sorts of questions as to what to do next. Probably, out of all these questions, the most reoccurring one is, “if I file a lawsuit can I expect to recover money damages?”
The short answer is, in most cases, yes. And while it involves tracking down a legal team, presenting a case and finally being awarded an Asbestos Lawsuit Settlement, it’s definitely within your grasp.
In order to help you, here are some key questions you should be asking yourself throughout this planning process.
How Long Do I Usually Have to Sue?
The fact that mesothelioma takes a long time to develop, usually between 10 and 40 years, makes understanding whether you have a suitable case or not sometimes a little difficult.
Usually states have a statute of limitation that gives people a certain time to make a claim. In the case of diagnosis, this is different according to each state, but the fact remains; the closer you are to diagnosis and making a claim, the better.
Yet if you’re in the situation where the mesothelioma victim is no longer alive, then you also have a chance to make a claim as a spouse or heir (usually within one to three years of their death).
How Long Does a Case Proceed For?
Another crucial question you’ll want to ask yourself is just how long a case might take to go all the way through trial.
As most cases surrounding asbestos and mesothelioma are settled out of court, it might be that you don’t actually get all the way through proceedings and instead agree to money damages out of court.
Knowing this is a possibility that can go either way means you’ll want to also prepare yourself for the worst. Understand that collecting information relevant to an asbestos case can take a minimum of several months, and often times, the best part of a year.
Are you prepared to spend that time and energy helping your attorneys and lawyers prepare your case?
How Much Could I Be Entitled To?
Finally one of the other big questions you’ll want to find answers to is the one that pertains to the amount of money you can recover from filing a claim.
Estimates are hard to make, given the nature of mesothelioma. There have been plenty of examples of cases settled for millions and others for very little at all. It mostly depends on the state of the company or person responsible for the exposure and the current financial state they find themselves in.
Given the fact that most of these companies find themselves bankrupt or closed in the years following the development of mesothelioma, it can sometimes mean that the amount a claimant might be awarded proves inconsequential and not worth the fees of the claim in the first place.
These are just some of the most important questions to ask yourself when considering an asbestos related lawsuit. Hopefully they might be of some help.