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Monday, December 17, 2007

Asbestos Lawsuits - 3 Things You Should Know

By Eric Head

Asbestos related illnesses, most commonly mesothelioma cancer, are illnesses that result from exposure to asbestos fibers or dust. The problem with these illnesses is that the symptoms don’t always become apparent until years after the initial exposure (sometimes up to 20 years later).

Asbestos lawsuits result out of the fact that many of the victims were exposed to the harmful asbestos fibers during their residency in apartments, employment in a job that put them in direct contact, or a multitude of other situations where a person (the defendant) was responsible for exposing the victim (the plaintiff) to the cancer causing asbestos.

If you were diagnosed with asbestos illnesses or mesothelioma, it is important to get an attorney right away. Here is some legal advice for those seeking legal action:

Take Action Now:
Once you are diagnosed, don’t hesitate for a second. If you wait, you could surpass the statute of limitations and not be able to file an asbestos lawsuit. Find a lawyer who specializes in asbestos related illnesses, such as mesothelioma. Do this immediately, as the time limit varies for each state.

You Only Pay If You Win:
When you file an asbestos lawsuit, the majority of lawyers will not charge you unless you win the case. This is a major advantage to asbestos lawsuits. You have nothing to lose in taking the defendant to court to collect compensation for your loss of wages due to being out of work. Or for your medical bills that have accrued from seeking treatment for the illness.

Take Care In Choosing Your Lawyer:
Be sure to research the asbestos lawyer that you decide to represent you. It is recommended that you find a lawyer who has experience in dealing with asbestos related lawsuits.

You may want to shop around for a lawyer before deciding who to go with. Have a consultation with more than one lawyer to get a feel for which one seems to be the most experienced and knowledgeable about handling asbestos lawsuits.

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