Exposure to asbestos is known to cause a set of severe and fatal health conditions, such as asbestosis, certain forms of lung cancers and mesothelioma.
Patients who suffer from any of the aforementioned diseases became frequently victims of wrongdoing, negligence or irresponsibility of another party. In other words, the situation could have been easily prevented if the adequate safety measurements would have been installed.
The prognosis of asbestos induced illnesses is dire. A cure is yet to be found; state of the art treatments are very expensive and solely targeted to improve a patient’s quality of life.
Therefore, asbestos exposure victims find themselves often in a bind of not only dealing with the emotional stress that was brought upon them, but also faced with huge medical bills, frequently causing them to go into significant debt. And I can definitely relate to this scenario, as both my wife and I were diagnosed with cancer in 2009. The financial struggle still causes a lot of additional stress and sometimes the situation seems simply overwhelming.
But if you have been diagnosed with a disease that was evidently caused by exposure to asbestos, you might be entitled to seek compensation through an asbestos accident settlement claim or a lawsuit. It is advisable to consult with an experienced lawyer, who has a proven track record and a good reputation in the field of asbestos litigation.
The goal of asbestos accident claims it to obtain financial compensation either through a before trial settlement or a court verdict if a settlement can’t be reached between you and the plaintiff, respectively, his insurance. It is of paramount importance to have your case well documented. Any type of paperwork relevant to your asbestos illness, such as employment contracts, pathology results and attestations as well as physicians’ statements, will help your asbestos lawyer to strengthen your case. Ideally, you are able to find eyewitnesses or you may have photos of the scene that caused your health condition. Asbestos accident settlements and compensation amounts strongly depend on a variety of factors including the severity of your condition, whether or not it is irreversible, potential long time impairment, factual and prospective loss of wages and many more.
Each asbestos claim is unique and therefore requires a tailored approach in order to obtain the maximum compensation. Therefore, finding the right lawyer is essential in being successful. However, the most important aspect is that you don’t waste any time and take action right after you have been diagnosed. Not only does the law limit the amount of time in which you have to come forward and file your asbestos claim, but it should be also in your own interest to get things started as soon as possible in order to make sure that you get your compensation timely.