If you have mesothelioma as a result of asbestos exposure, you, like other people may be concerned about how you will provide for your family in the future as well as pay for the necessary treatments. Fortunately, compensation may be available to help you and your family. In order to file a legal claim, you must prove that you had asbestos exposure, which resulted in mesothelioma. Along with searching the Mesothelioma Cancer Network for valuable information, you will medical documentation in order to build and prove your case. Before beginning the road to get to the information you’ll need it’s important to hire an attorney that is experienced in these types of cases. A qualified attorney will also help you gather all the documentation you’ll need to file your claim.
Why Does Asbestos Exposure Need to be Proven?
Without proof of exposure to asbestos, the courts will not have the evidence necessary to hold the defendants accountable and you will not be able to go forward with your claim. Your attorney will help to collect the evidence needed to support your claim, but you will need to provide your attorney with some information and you may also be required to answer questions addressed to you by the defendant. Regardless of whether the claim is a personal injury claim, a trust fund claim, or a wrongful death claim, if the claim is pertaining to asbestos exposure, it must be proven that you were in fact exposed to asbestos.
Common Sources of Asbestos Exposure
Although there are many different sources that may be the cause of your asbestos exposure, there are some sources that have been proven to be a source for asbestos exposure. For example, exposure may have occurred from:
- High-risk occupations, such as working on a construction site or working on certain job sites, such as a shipyard
- Military exposure
- Asbestos products, such as talcum powder or insulation
- Secondhand exposure, such as having a spouse that worked with asbestos-containing insulation and you were exposed to the insulation when they arrived home (doing their laundry, insulation falling on the floor, etc)
- As a military veteran filing an exposure to asbestos claim, you may need to gather additional information to prove exposure in order for you to file a VA claim.
Proving to the courts and those overseeing the trust funds that you were indeed exposed to asbestos can be extremely overwhelming and stressful. Hiring an attorney that is experienced with mesothelioma cases will help you determine where the exposure occurred, including a specific product or job site, which can make the process much easier and they will guide you through the process of what is needed to help maximize your compensation.