Mesothelioma is a form of cancer of the mesothelial lining of the lungs and the chest cavity, the peritoneum (the abdominal cavity) or the pericardium (the sac surrounding the heart). This is believed to be caused by the generation of reactive oxygen species by the asbestos fibers. Findings also suggest that the simian virus 40 works together with the asbestos fibers to lead to the development of malignant mesothelioma.
It is usually the people who have worked on jobs where they have inhaled asbestos particles or those who have been exposed to asbestos dust and fiber in other ways who develop mesothelioma. Washing of clothes of some family member who has worked with asbestos or home renovation with asbestos cement product usage gives rise to.
Since 1929 when the first lawsuits against asbestos manufacturers had been filed, there have been filed many lawsuits against asbestos manufacturing concerns and negligent employers. The employers have been filed for neglecting to implement necessary safety measures since the links between asbestos, asbestosis and mesothelioma had become known and established at a much earlier time.
The liability resulting from the number of lawsuits filed in this regard and people affected is in the range of billions of dollars. Legal representation in this regard is undoubtedly important with regard to filing of lawsuits. It is the amounts and methods of allocating compensation that have led to many court cases. The government is striving to resolve the present and future cases suitably. It may be noted that over 600,000 mesothelioma lawsuits have been filed by 2000 end.
Though a number of mesothelioma laws have been proposed in Congress none of these have been passed or tabled for the time being. Among them is the Fairness in Asbestos Injury Resolution Act of 2005, or S.852. This proposes to create a trust fund from which the victims of asbestos exposure could receive compensation.
You too may be contemplating bringing of a mesothelioma lawsuit but may be feeling nervous and confused. Here is a step by step procedure for action suggested.
Firstly, the law firm you approach will be conducting a preliminary interview asking you specific questions for finding out whether you have a true case. Queries relating to your mesothelioma diagnosis particulars, the circumstances leading to the condition and the impact that has produced on your life- affecting you physically, financially and emotionally need to be answered.
Secondly, a formal agreement of representation (written) must be made with your legal counsel- mesothelioma attorney. The terms you agree upon are hereby documented and signed. The attorney as per this contract can access medical, social security and such other records pertaining to you on your behalf.
Thirdly, follow-up interviews and conversations to provide additional information from persons related to you are to be conducted.
Thereafter the case is filed followed by discovery- the formal legal process for collecting evidence about your case.
Finally, there are settlements or trials done. An out of court or negotiated settlement is the one that is preferably opted for. However, the case may go to trial which may take two or more weeks.