How do I make a mesothelioma claim
Time is of the essence in these cases, as often the life expectancy of a diagnosed mesothelioma victim may be very limited.
A claim could be given a final hearing date within four months of service of the court documents. If the claim is being brought by a member of the family, after the victim has died, the final hearing date is likely to be around five to six months after the court documents have been served.
As a general rule you usually have to start a claim within three years of when you knew or ought to have known you were suffering from an illness caused by asbestos exposure, usually the date of diagnosis. If the family are bringing the claim then it's usually three years from date of death.
Once you have a confirmed diagnosis it is vitally important to act quickly and seek legal advice from a law firm that specialises in this work. Your lawyers should have a proven track record of successfully dealing with the serious issues surrounding mesothelioma and asbestos-related disease claims and be familiar with the fast track procedures in place for dealing with these cases.
Just because the court process is started does not mean that you will have to attend court. These claims are usually settled by negotiation, but in cases where we can't reach agreement you may need to attend court. However, if you are not well enough to attend, there is provision in the court rules for your evidence to be given at home.