Asbestos and Mesothelioma Litigation in Mississippi
Helping clients take timely action in asbestos-related lawsuits
It is crucial to contact a lawyer as soon as possible if you have received a diagnosis of mesothelioma. Asbestos litigation is an intricate process, and it is important to realize you are not alone. There are also time limits for filing a lawsuit, so taking action as quickly as possible is crucial. The qualified asbestos attorneys at Cumbest, Cumbest, Hunter & McCormick can explain any questions or concerns you have as litigation proceeds.
What are the common types of mesothelioma lawsuits?
There are two basic types of lawsuits that plaintiffs can bring with regard to mesothelioma: a personal injury case, or a wrongful death case. Each seeks monetary damages as compensation for injuries and can be brought by anyone who worked in one of the common occupations for asbestos exposure. The victim’s family can file a wrongful death lawsuit within a short period of time after the loved one’s death. A personal injury case must be filed within four years of the diagnosis of disease.
What are the steps in the litigation process?
The logistics of an asbestos case can be broken down into a simple series of steps. Your attorney will guide you through this process and complete all paperwork on your behalf.
To prepare your complaint, your attorney will have discussions with you and conduct an investigation with regard to your asbestos exposure in an effort to determine who is at fault.
After you file your case with the court, the steps of a lawsuit include the following:
- Filing a complaint: Your lawyer uses all the information gleaned from the investigation to prepare and file a formal complaint that contains every pertinent detail about your claim.
- Defendant responses: The opposing party responds to the claims.
- Discovery: This process allows the opposing parties to gather relevant information about the case.
- Settlement: If the court decides to bring your case to trial, the defendant’s attorneys might offer you a certain amount of money. Keep in mind that this amount might be low compared to what you might receive from a trial.
- Trial: Depending on where the claim is filed, the plaintiff is not always required to appear in court with his/her attorney.
The length of this process varies depending on the plaintiff’s health. If your health is failing, your attorney can expedite the process. Litigation can last several months if you are reasonably healthy.
How much will a mesothelioma lawsuit cost me?
Personal injury attorneys handle mesothelioma litigation and tend to work on a contingency fee basis. This means that they receive compensation only if you win your lawsuit. When a settlement is paid, your attorney receives a percentage of the amount.
At the law firm of Cumbest, Cumbest, Hunter & McCormick, we are keenly aware of all the tactics the defendant might use to delay the case and cause the legal process to drag on. We work diligently to make sure your case is resolved as quickly as possible.
Let us help you obtain a mesothelioma settlement in Mississippi
It is important to hold negligent parties accountable for the pain they inflict. If you contracted an asbestos-related disease, consider the law firm of Cumbest, Cumbest, Hunter & McCormick your source for legal representation. With a record of accomplishment in asbestos lawsuits, and 50 years of service to the people of Mississippi, we can provide the professional advice and personal support you need to get through these trying times. Contact us online or call us at 866-461-1591 to schedule a confidential consultation today.