Mesothlioma is a form of cancer which affects the mesothelium, which is a membrane that covers the lungs and other organs. Meothelioma cancer occurs when cells in the mesothelium begin to divide uncontrollably. Frequently, the disease does not produce symptoms and is not discovered until the cancer has already spread to other organs.
Causes of Mesothelioma
Mesothelioma is caused due to exposure to asbestos fibers or dust. Usually, individuals who have worked with asbestos products develop the disease. The following types of occupations involve high rates of incidence of malignant mesothelioma:
- mining industry
- construction industry
- industrial work involving coal products
- work involving organic chemicals including chloromethyl ether
- work involving arsenic
When Lawsuits are Filed
Lawsuits are frequently filed against employers who placed the employee in a position where the asbestos exposure occurred. In addition, many lawsuits are filed against manufacturers of asbestos products.
The Litigation Process and Damage Recovery
When filing a mesothelioma lawsuit, the first set of documents to be filed is a summons and complaint. These documents specify the allegations and name the parties against whom the case is filed. Thereafter, the parties can file motions, such as an answer or a motion to dismiss the case. If the matter proceeds, each side will conduct discovery, which is the fact-gathering phase of the legal process. After this portion of the process is complete, there may be a settlement or a trial. Finally, the case will conclude by either a mesothelioma settlement agreement or a verdict.
Getting Legal Help
If one is contemplating filing a mesothelioma lawsuit, one should consider retaining the services of an experienced attorney. An attorney will ensure that one’s rights are protected and effective legal representation is provided. More importantly, experienced mesothelioma lawyers will understand the complexities of the disease, the latest developments on the medical and legal frontiers and how all of these matters may impact one’s case. Ultimately, an attorney will assist one in obtaining mesothelioma compensation for pain and suffering and the expenses incurred in the treatment of the disease.