All too often, seeking advice from an asbestos lawyer can be delayed because the plaintiff was unaware that they may have contracted an asbestos-related condition due to lack of prior asbestos awareness and information, or had attributed symptoms to other possible causes, such as heavy cigarette smoking. The long latency period may also obscure the link to a possible original asbestos exposure and the subsequent appearance of asbestosis symptoms.

There can be many occasions when just the commencement of making an asbestosis claim or seeking mesothelioma compensation can present difficulties due to rapidly deteriorating health or simply reticence to becoming embroiled with a lengthy and intricate legal process.

Asbestos lawsuits are not only filed by plaintiffs who have suffered as the result of asbestos-related illness, more often than not, when the victim is no longer alive, the spouse or an immediate member of the family will pursue compensation. In addition, secondary asbestos exposure by family or loved ones is also another common reason for seeking redress.

Defendants against asbestos lawsuits are those parties considered responsible for the asbestos exposure. In the past, targets of asbestos lawsuits have included:

Employers
Asbestos manufacturers
Asbestos installers
Landlords
Leasing agents
Financial Recovery

The purpose of asbestos lawsuits is to recover financial damages that result from asbestos related illness. Possible financial recoveries from asbestos lawsuits include:

Cost of medical bills
Lost wages
Other associated costs
In some asbestos lawsuits, punitive damages are also awarded.

Asbestos lawyers can help victims in claiming compensation to regain medical costs, lost wages, and punitive fees for victims and their families as a result of exposure and consequent contracting of asbestos-related disease, such as asbestosis or mesothelioma.

An asbestos lawyer will meet with asbestos victims to discuss liability in asbestos/mesothelioma cases, in order to assess and predict the likelihood of success in a particular case. An experienced lawyer with a proven track record will have the legal knowledge and connections to convince reluctant defendants into accepting accountability and thus, settle out of court.

Many asbestos lawsuits have also served to help publicise the adverse health effects of asbestos exposure and as a result, increasing numbers of asbestos lawsuits are decided for the plaintiffs as information about asbestos exposure becomes common knowledge.