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Mesothelioma Cases: How Long Will It Take?

If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you should seek legal assistance immediately. Mesothelioma is an aggressive and deadly form of cancer caused by long-term exposure to asbestos. There is no cure for mesothelioma. Victims of this illness are generally entitled to recover compensation for what has happened to them. At The Williams Law Firm, P.C., we have decades of experience helping mesothelioma victims and their families recover the compensation they are entitled to.

Time Frames And Routes To Compensation

There is no set time frame for mesothelioma cases. Unfortunately, victims of this illness are often left with limited time to file a case. Mesothelioma has a long latency period, meaning that victims often do not discover they have the illness until decades after they were exposed to asbestos. By the time they do find out, mesothelioma is often in its late stages.

While there is no exact time frame for mesothelioma cases, many jurisdictions allow for an expedited process for mesothelioma cases, and many are heard within a year after they have been filed. By combining a case with other mesothelioma cases through a process known as consolidation, the process may move even faster. Joseph P. Williams at The Williams Law Firm, P.C. has extensive experience handling consolidated trial groups of up to ten mesothelioma cases at a time.

What To Expect During This Process

When you retain legal assistance for your mesothelioma case, you can expect certain steps.

This will include:

  • A medical review. Your New York mesothelioma lawyer will gather all of your medical records and work history in order to assess what degree of damages you are entitled to and who the responsible party or parties are.
  • Research. Your attorneys will work to match your circumstances with case precedents and known asbestos companies who have already been involved in asbestos cases. Using this information, your attorney will determine the best path forward to receive compensation.
  • Litigation. A personal injury lawsuit may be required in order to receive compensation for your losses. This could lead to a settlement fairly quickly. It could also lead to a more drawn our case that goes all the way to trial.
  • Trust funds. In many cases, a mesothelioma victim may be entitled to compensation through an established bankruptcy trust fund. Companies who have filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy are protected from lawsuits, but many have mesothelioma trusts established to compensate victims. A bankruptcy trust administrator will evaluate the evidence in the case and dispense funds. These claims usually move faster than a lawsuit.
  • Veterans Affairs. Many mesothelioma victims were exposed to asbestos when they served in the military. If this is the case, a victim may be entitled to compensation through the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Let An Attorney Help You With This

Regardless of which route you choose, an attorney can help ensure you get your compensation as quickly as possible. At The Williams Law Firm, P.C., we understand how to proceed with these cases and will waste no time in getting to work on your case. We take all mesothelioma cases on a contingency fee basis, so you will not pay a dime until we are successful in securing the compensation you deserve. You can schedule a free consultation of your case by calling (855) 575-6376.

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