What to expect when filing a mesothelioma lawsuit

You probably think that filing a mesothelioma lawsuit is a complex and lengthy process. While this may be true, you don’t have to be so intimidated by it that you decide not to pursue legal action. You’ll never receive the compensation and justice you deserve if you aren’t willing to call us. That’s all you have to do—we will do the rest and keep you up to date on your case from beginning to end.

Simple and efficient for as quick of a resolution as possible. Our goal at Pulaski Law Firm PLLC is to make the experience of pursuing a lawsuit a simple and efficient process, maintaining a clear line of communication with you so that you know what’s going on with your case.

The steps you should expect to take when filing a lawsuit

Every case is unique. However, there are some general steps that are taken when filing a lawsuit.

Step 1: Evaluating your case

Once you’ve contacted us, we’ll examine your case and gather the necessary information related to it. This information includes medical records, employment records, and any other evidence that supports your situation. We may need to talk with your family members and coworkers as well. This is all done to determine whether you have enough proof to go to trial, and if you have a chance to obtain a favorable verdict.

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Step 2: Filing your case

We will file an official written complaint with a court. We say “a” court because there may be several and we’ll need to determine which one is the most suitable for you. This official complaint details the company to be sued (defendant), the general facts of your case and what damages you have suffered. Once filed, the legal process begins.

Step 3: Responses

The company, or companies, named will receive a copy of your complaint and be able to respond within a limited amount of time.

Step 4: Discovery

This step involves a discussion between both sides (you and the defendant). Information is exchanged to further prove that the company is at fault. This can take a few months to complete, but can be accelerated if you or your loved one are particularly ill.

Step 5: Settlement or The Trial

At this point, enough information has been exchanged that the defendant can make the choice to either go through with the trial to reach a verdict, or to settle with you beforehand. A settlement offer can also be made during the trial.

The trial begins if no settlement offer is made. Generally speaking, you can expect to receive a significant amount of compensation from your case if you’ve proven that damages were caused by your former company.

Step 6: Appeal

When a verdict is reached by trial and it favors you, the defendant can file an appeal. The court of appeals will review the case, scrutinizing it to see whether any mistakes were made. The outcome of this can be one of three things: the appeal fails and you get the same amount outlined in your trial, you don’t get as much, or you get nothing. An appeal may be filed within a certain amount of time, depending on the court (from a month to a few months).

Don’t wait until it’s too late

Every state has a deadline of when you can file a mesothelioma lawsuit, also known as the statue of limitations. If you miss that deadline, you’ll never have the chance to get what you’re owed and the company that caused you to suffer will get away with ruining your life. Call us before it’s too late.

I got my settlement letter on Wednesday. It’s a day I honestly never actually thought I would see. I wanted to sincerely thank you and your team for all of your hard work and time. I think it’s also important that you hear how much your work not only made a financial difference for my family to catch up from all of the medical expenses, but more importantly, that we don't have to worry about our financial future with my husband being gone. — Jen D.