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How to Get A Personal Injury Settlement for an Asbestos Related Disease

01st June 2010
By Wendy Moyer in Personal Injury
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Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that is thermally stable and incombustible. For many decades it was used to insulate buildings. On the surface it seemed like an ideal insulator.

However, when asbestos is processed, microscopic fibers are prone to get airborne. When that happens it is more than likely that anyone in the vicinity will breathe in the contaminated air.

During the 1980s the medical community warned the industry and the public about the hazardous effects of asbestos inhalation. They let it be known that anyone who breathes in asbestos fibers may develop serious or even fatal diseases such as asbestosis, mesothelioma, or other chronic diseases that may cause cancer.

Unfortunately, even though the risk was widely known, many companies chose to ignore it. They did not take adequate steps to protect their employees. As a result, many people, especially in the construction industry, got sick. Sometimes it took years, other times it took decades, but they got sick none-the-less. Some people had even already retired from the job that caused their illness before it happened to them.

When a person is diagnosed with any disease that was caused by being exposed to asbestos, if their poor health is a direct result of their current or previous employers wrongdoing, he or she may be entitled to financial compensation through a court verdict or a personal injury settlement.

If this has happened to you or to someone you know, there are a number of things that you should do. One of the first things is to find the best asbestos attorney for your situation. You, your friends, or your family members may be able to refer a lawyer that they know. That attorney should of course be reputable and have successful experiences in asbestos related litigation.

If you don't have any referrals then the Internet is a great place to begin your research. Many law firms that represent clients on asbestos related cases publish information about the cases they've been involved with as well as the amount of money they recovered for their clients.

Wherever you get your leads, in order to find the best asbestos attorney, you should ask them for a free consultation. This will give you the chance to meet with the individual or the team in person and see if you would be comfortable with their representation.

While you are deciding which lawyer that you want to represent you, it is time to start documenting your case. The more information you have the more likely it is that you will receive the highest compensation available.

Gather whatever paperwork you can that pertains to your employment history and your health condition. Make a list of potential witnesses (if any) and also put together any photographs that you have of yourself - both before and after your diagnosis. Every bit of information can help strengthen your case.


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Wendy Moyer on behalf of Sokolove Law.
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