Mesothelioma Case Process
At Seeger Weiss, your mesothelioma case process begins with a brief introductory meeting with an experienced case manager. During that meeting, the case manager will explain the legal process
, answer questions or concerns you may have related to the process, and seek to understand the details about your mesothelioma diagnosis and your initial exposure to asbestos. After this initial conversation, the case manager will ask you questions related to your potential claim. To be prepared for these questions, it is helpful to have your medical records and diagnoses ready. If you are filing on behalf of a loved one who has passed away, make sure you have any documentation about the cause of death. Once the case manager has gathered all the necessary information, our attorneys will review it to determine the possibility of pursuing a claim. If it is possible to proceed with a lawsuit, we will work with you to file it on your behalf. The next step is an in-person visit with a member of our trial team.
Your Visit with a Trial Team Member
During this visit, the trial team member will explain our fee agreement to you and answer your questions, or quickly put you in touch with someone who can. There is no upfront cost to you for our legal services — we only get paid when we win your case. At this meeting, you will also fill out all necessary paperwork and provide copies of your medical reports (detailing your mesothelioma symptoms
), work history records, military records, or other documents detailing employment history. Once all the forms are collected and signed, your trial team member will assign your claim to a legal team.
Once your claim is assigned, your legal team will begin to investigate the circumstances of your asbestos exposure
. With your permission, we will interview co-workers and others who might have knowledge of the asbestos-containing products that caused the exposure. In some cases, the companies at fault have already admitted past liability for asbestos exposure and have set up asbestos trusts to compensate future qualifying mesothelioma claims. If so, your claim could be processed more quickly through the trust. This phase in the mesothelioma case process is important to determining the value of the verdict. If the company in question has not admitted to liability in asbestos exposure, your legal team will investigate and build your case toward proving such liability.
Filing a Mesothelioma Claim
When the investigation phase is complete, an experienced mesothelioma attorney on your legal team will file a claim on your behalf. Your legal team will continue to collect evidence to support the claim and at some point, your testimony will be taken, though not necessarily in court. Mesothelioma and asbestos-related claims frequently settle without going to trial. If a settlement is offered, we will advise you of the offer and explain the terms. You must agree to the terms before we sign off on any settlement. It's rare for a mesothelioma case to be tried in court. However, we prepare all cases as if they will go to trial.
Do You Have Questions About Mesothelioma Law?
A mesothelioma attorney experienced with mesothelioma and asbestos-related cases can explain your legal rights in-depth and answer any questions you may have about mesothelioma laws. If you’re ready to speak to someone about your potential claim, contact Seeger Weiss today.