Mesothelioma is a rare type of cancer that is almost always caused by asbestos exposure. The person or the business that was responsible for your asbestos exposure is, therefore, typically legally responsible for your illness, and it is this party who should be named as a defendant in your mesothelioma lawsuit.
Three Possible Defendants
While there have been thousands of defendants in asbestos cases in the U.S., the large majority of the findings are against a few hundred companies. These companies either mined the material, manufactured products that contained it, or used products that contained asbestos in the course of its operations. Often in mesothelioma cases, more than one defendant may be named.
How to Identify the Right Defendant for Your Mesothelioma Case
Your asbestos exposure likely occurred decades before your diagnosis of mesothelioma. While you may remember the names of your previous employers, you may not immediately know what company was responsible for exposing you to asbestos.
Our experienced mesothelioma lawyers can often identify the right defendants based on your work history and other facts about your past. During a free consultation, we will ask you the relevant questions to help identify how you were exposed to asbestos and who was responsible for your exposure so that we can investigate your claim and name the right defendant(s) in any legal action that we take on your behalf.
Why it Is Important to Name the Right Defendant
If you fail to do file a lawsuit against the right defendant(s), the defendant(s) that you do name will likely ask the court to dismiss the lawsuit against them and the court will likely grant that motion. The case will end without you recovering any damages for your injury.
This doesn’t have to happen, however. Instead, it is important to take the time to identify and name the right defendant(s) in your mesothelioma case so that you can get the fair recovery you deserve.
Please contact our mesothelioma lawyers today to learn more. We represent clients on a contingency fee basis. That means we will only be paid if your case settles successfully. At that time, we will be paid a previously agreed-upon percentage of your settlement. There are no upfront legal costs. Therefore, you have nothing to lose—and much to potentially gain—by contacting us to discuss your mesothelioma claim. Fill out our online contact form or call our office directly at 318.588.6303 to get started.