It often starts with a cough or chest pain. You begin to realize you are sick. After exhaustive tests, your doctor determines you have mesothelioma, which is caused by exposure to asbestos.
All too often, the asbestos exposure didn’t happen innocently. Companies in a variety of industries used asbestos for decades after knowing that workers, their families, and others were getting sick and dying. Companies knew the risks and the consequences, but many continued to expose people to asbestos.
If you have mesothelioma, it may be from workplace exposure. Many workers have regularly been exposed through the products they used or their job sites. Sometimes, families were exposed when those workers carried asbestos home on their clothing. Other people used products containing asbestos.
Mesothelioma is often a compensable injury, and you may not even have to file a lawsuit. However, some mesothelioma victims want to hold the company that injured them responsible for their losses, pain and suffering.
Should I call that lawyer advertising on TV?
There are a lot of law firms that claim to handle asbestos cases across the United States, but most don’t actually take cases in Minnesota and the Upper Midwest. What they actually do is refer calls to local law firms.
In reality, this is usually a good thing. “National” sounds impressive, but an experienced local firm is the one more likely to be able to help you. This is because the local firm may have direct experience with the specific companies who exposed people to asbestos in our area.
A firm that has handled numerous mesothelioma cases in our area will know the history of how asbestos was used here. In many cases, the firm will have tried asbestos cases against these very companies before. They will have collected actual evidence against those companies that can be used in further cases. They will also know the local legal system and of the special court that hears asbestos cases in Minnesota.
An experienced, local firm will have the history and resources to help
Mesothelioma can progress quickly, and the less time you have to spend in litigation, the better. Every advantage you can get is helpful in reducing the time spent on your legal case and maximizing time with your family.
Mesothelioma cases are often fast-tracked to help, but it is crucial to reach out for help as soon as you can. Don’t bother with a TV lawyer who will just send your case to a local firm. Save time and frustration by calling the local firm first.