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What Is the Legal Process When I Work with a Law Firm in an Asbestos Case?


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A law firm specializing in asbestos litigation will file a claim on your behalf with one or multiple asbestos trust funds. The process is considerably less time-consuming when you work with a legal team.

answered by Gregory A. Cade

Filing an asbestos claim is mostly an administrative process

Deciding to file an asbestos claim with the help of a law firm is always a good idea, as the legal process will take considerably less time that it would have if you had sought compensation on your own. Moreover, your chances of success are very high and the risk of your asbestos claim being rejected is almost non-existent. A lawyer with vast experience in asbestos litigation will be able to rapidly assess your case, put together all the information, submit your asbestos claim and eventually obtain the compensation you deserve.

Environmental Litigation Group, P.C. has been assisting and representing clients who suffer from asbestos-related diseases since 1990. Our diligent attorneys have accumulated impressive knowledge regarding the hazardous effects of asbestos on human health over the years and are up-to-date with the most recent changes concerning the legal system. If you would like to file a claim with an asbestos trust fund, the legal process can be summed up as follows:

  • After you contact us, we will set up the date of our first consultation. You will meet the legal team at Environmental Litigation Group, P.C. and we will promptly evaluate the information you provide in order to determine whether you have a case or not. Supposing you are eligible for compensation, we will start building your case as soon as possible. You should also know that you do not have to pay your attorney anything unless they successfully recover financial compensation.
  • During our next consultations, you are highly encouraged to share with us as much as you can remember regarding how you were exposed to asbestos, in addition to important information such as the name of the company you were an employee of, the specific products you were in contact with, how long you have worked for the company and your exact diagnosis. We will also provide you with product identification books you can browse in order to jog your memory. Additionally, our experts will conduct thorough research to find other relevant details which might ensure the success of your asbestos case. Our extensive database contains the names and descriptions of thousands of asbestos-containing products manufactured throughout the past century.
  • After we gather your medical records and work history, as well as other important details with your participation, we will submit your asbestos claim to one or multiple asbestos trust funds, depending on your particular situation. Meanwhile, our legal team will also take care of all the other documents so that you will be able to focus on more important matters such as your health.
  • Shortly after your asbestos claim is submitted, you will find out the exact amount you will receive from each asbestos trust fund. You will probably have to wait several months for a response, depending on how many requests the asbestos trust fund in question has to process. However, our attorneys are very skilled and will strive to speed up the process as much as possible. Our law firm is renowned for the efficiency with which we handle asbestos claims.

If, however, the liable asbestos company is still in business, we can litigate. Following a settlement between us and the responsible party, your compensation will be decided. Nevertheless, if the defendant is not willing to settle, we will have to go to trial, which usually entails a waiting period of 2 to 4 years. Because going to trial is inconvenient for the defendant as well, most companies avoid it. Therefore, a settlement if often the preferred option, so you will most likely receive compensation within a year if an agreement can be reached between us and the other party.

If you or a family member has been diagnosed with asbestos-related lung cancer or mesothelioma, our lawyers can efficiently help you recover compensation to cover your medical expenses. You can contact us at (205) 328-9200 and we will do all in our power to find the most efficient solution to your problem.

We also Represent U.S. Veterans Exposed to Asbestos while Serving their Country

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