Misconceptions Surrounding Mesothelioma Lawsuits

Battling a mesothelioma diagnosis can be a very scary and worrisome time for victims and their families, which can make the idea of pursuing a mesothelioma lawsuit very daunting. Many prior beliefs about mesothelioma lawsuits contribute to this hesitation, but many of these beliefs are rooted in misconceptions of the process and timeline of the suit. Here are a few common misconceptions and the truth behind them:

Misconception #1: The lawsuit process takes many years from start to finish

While lots of time and energy will go into your case from your attorney and their team, experienced mesothelioma attorneys will work as quickly and efficiently as possible to assure that you and your family are granted the financial compensation you deserve. The typical mesothelioma lawsuit takes from 12-18 months to fully resolve.

Misconception #2: I have waited too long to reach out to a lawyer

Since mesothelioma can take multiple decades after asbestos exposure to show symptoms, many victims believe that too much time has passed for successful legal action. However, victims have 2 years from the date of diagnosis to file a mesothelioma case. While this may seem like a short period of time, this time restraint is simply for filing the case. Meaning, the whole case does not have to come to completion during that two-year window, it just must be filed.

Misconception #3: I don’t know who is responsible for my case, so I cannot file

When you work with an experienced Mesothelioma attorney, they will have a vast knowledge of different products and manufactures involved in asbestos. Using the information you provide to them regarding your and your family’s work history, they will be able to research and identify when, where, and how you were exposed to asbestos.

Misconception #4: I worked for the US government in the military, so I am not able to pursue a lawsuit

Many victims of mesothelioma are veterans, as 33% of all diagnosed mesothelioma cases are military veterans. These victims are still entitled to financial compensation, as they can file Veterans Affairs claims and file lawsuits against the companies who are responsible for manufacturing and profiting from asbestos products used in the military. Neither of these processes involve a lawsuit against the US government or the military.

Misconception #5: I am not able to travel, therefore I cannot participate in a lawsuit

Experienced Mesothelioma attorneys understand the hardship this disease can bring to one and one’s family. As a result, travel is not an option for many victims. Thus, experienced mesothelioma attorneys will take the time to travel to you for in-person meetings. Zoom is another option for virtual communication and is commonly used for court events like depositions. Your attorney will be with you for each step of the process, including setting up any technology to be used so that your entire lawsuit can be completed with no travel.

If you or a loved on has been diagnosed with mesothelioma or another asbestos-related disease, please call The Halpern Law Firm at (800) 505-6000 today for a free case evaluation. We have won millions and millions for our clients and we have outstanding client reviews.


Written By Emory Chiappa

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