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Can I Still File a Claim If I Do Not Know the Exact Circumstances of My Asbestos Exposure?


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As diseases which occur as a result of asbestos exposure take decades to ensue, recalling the exact circumstances is rarely easy. Working with a lawyer specialized in asbestos cases is instrumental.

answered by Gregory A. Cade

How can a lawyer help asbestos victims who do not have enough evidence of their exposure?

Occupational asbestos exposure can be supported by existent medical documents and employment records, as well as by eyewitnesses. However, the proof asbestos victims have upon seeking compensation is often insufficient to submit along with their asbestos claim. A lawyer whose primary area of practice is asbestos litigation will be of invaluable help in this regard, as their legal team can successfully gather additional information, which will ultimately ensure the most satisfying result.

Furthermore, a law firm specialized in asbestos cases will provide you with multiple resources which can help you remember how you were exposed to asbestos in the workplace. You will be asked to browse product identification books, which contain pictures of asbestos products you might have come in contact with. As the databases they have access to are extremely vast, the legal experts who will be assisting you can also discover other relevant information pertaining to your work history. They can identify and locate some of your former co-workers or old friends, who might be able to provide essential details as well.

If you choose a highly experienced attorney to help you file a claim with asbestos trust funds, you can rest assured that their legal team will thoroughly research and double-check every important piece of information you have and collect additional evidence to make sure you will recover the maximum amount of compensation you qualify for. The lawyers at Environmental Litigation Group, P.C. have been handling asbestos claims since 1990 and if you, too, are a victim of occupational asbestos exposure, we encourage you to contact us at 205.328.9200 as soon as possible. Due to the statute of limitations, asbestos victims can submit a claim only within 1 to 6 years from the date of diagnosis, depending on their state of residence.

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