Have you been diagnosed with mesothelioma lung cancer stemming from asbestos exposure?
Individuals who suffer adverse health effects following asbestos exposure are great candidates for a settlement, but you must take charge of your asbestos lawsuit in order to maximize your chances of a positive result.
What is Asbestos and How is it Related to Mesothelioma?
Asbestos is a naturally-occurring silicate mineral. Small particles of this mineral can become airborne and when the particles are inhaled or ingested, they can cause a rare form of cancer known as mesothelioma. There is a very tight correlation between this rare form of cancer and asbestos exposure, which most commonly occurs in the workplace, in the course of military service, or as the result of environmental exposure.
Mesothelioma arises in 10% of all people who are exposed to asbestos. It generally takes many years for the symptoms to become apparent. The timeframe between exposure and diagnosis is anywhere from 10 to 40 years on average, which can complicate both personal injury lawsuits and mesothelioma wrongful death lawsuits.
Pleural mesothelioma — that is, mesothelioma impacting the lungs — has a very poor prognosis and a poor long term survival rate. According to the National Institutes of Health, a mere 40% of pleural mesothelioma patients live to the 12 month mark after they’re diagnosed. Just 8 in 100 people diagnosed with mesothelioma will live for five years or longer after diagnosis.
With these frightening facts and figures, asbestos exposure and a subsequent meso diagnosis can be both terrifying and devastating. But there is a bright point: you may be eligible for benefits and compensation, which can be obtained through a lawsuit or via other legal action. This can make for a more comfortable life in a financial sense for you and your family, along with access to medical care that you wouldn’t have been able to afford otherwise.
Taking charge of your asbestos lawsuit is an important part of ensuring a successful and favorable outcome. Consider these tips for taking charge of your asbestos case.
Learn About Asbestos Exposure and the Effects
Make it a point to learn as much as possible about asbestos, asbestos exposure, mesothelioma, the other health problems that can arise after exposure to asbestos and the treatment options.
When you’re well-informed, you’ll feel empowered and you’ll be better equipped to help your attorney in building a strong, viable case. Many sit back and let their attorney do the heavy lifting, but the most successful asbestos cases and mesothelioma cases arise as the result of a collaborative relationship between lawyer and client.
Obtain a Copy of Your Medical Records, Test Results and Other Documents
Your medical records, scans and test results will play a vital role in establishing your health history and your current asbestos-related health problems in court.
So request a copy of all medical documents, scans and test results and forward them to your attorney as needed.
Re-connect With Others Who Were Exposed to Asbestos
Often, multiple individuals are impacted by asbestos exposure. So whenever possible, connect with others who may have also been exposed to asbestos.
You’re the most well-positioned to connect with former co-workers, former neighbors and fellow service members. If one of these individuals has been diagnosed with mesothelioma or another condition stemming from asbestos exposure, this can seriously bolster your case. This enables you to more effectively prove where and when you were exposed to asbestos.
Also perform a bit of research to determine if any others who were exposed have died of mesothelioma or another form of cancer that’s associated with asbestos exposure, like asbestosis, colorectal cancer, lung cancer and stomach/gastrointestinal cancer.
Stay Informed on Other Asbestos Settlements and Legal Proceedings
Precedent-setting legal cases can have an impact on the outcome of your own case, so it’s important to stay updated on the latest legal news as it relates to asbestos cases and mesothelioma settlements.
Go online and look for news articles on a regular basis or simply frequent a site like MesoWatch, where we’re dedicated to keeping you informed on all of the latest news impacting people just like you.
Take a proactive approach and stay informed as you build your asbestos case. This will not only maximize your chances of a good outcome but it will also help you feel a sense of empowerment and control during a difficult and frightening time.
The experienced legal team is now accepting new mesothelioma clients and others who are suffering adverse health effects from asbestos exposure.
Contact our mesothelioma and asbestos lawyers today at Mesowatch to obtain complementary and totally confidential consultation. But don’t waste any time because the statute of limitations place a cap on the time you have to file an asbestos claim!