The Timeline Of A Mesothelioma Lawsuit
At Savinis, Kane, & Gallucci, L.L.C., our Pittsburgh attorneys offer more than 60 years of combined legal experience in mesothelioma cases and other personal injury matters. Although every case is different, here is a basic timeline for a mesothelioma lawsuit claim:
- Preparation: Our Pennsylvania law firm will gather information about your condition and your prior exposure to asbestos. We will use these facts to help determine who is responsible for your illness and which court to file your claim in.
- Filing: We will prepare and file a formal, written complaint with the court on your behalf. This document must follow specific rules as to how it is written and what it contains.
- Responses: The defendant in the lawsuit will receive copies of the formal complaint and have a chance to respond. In most cases, the defendant will attempt to deny responsibility.
- Discovery: During this time, both our law firm and the defendant’s lawyers will gather information and evidence. You may be asked to answer questions in a videotaped deposition.
- Settlement: Before trial, the opposing side may offer you money to settle the case outside of court. Our law firm can help you determine if accepting a settlement is in your best interests.
- Trial: Depending on where your claim is filed, you may not have to appear in court at all. If we win your case at trial, you will be entitled to financial compensation.
- Appeal: After the trial, the defendant has a limited amount of time to file an appeal. You can count on us to be your advocates until the end, including through any possible appeal.
The Statute Of Limitations In Mesothelioma Cases
If you are diagnosed with mesothelioma and you believe it may be related to workplace asbestos exposure, it is important to consult a qualified lawyer as soon as possible. Due to the statute of limitations, you have only two years to file a claim from the time you were diagnosed. If you lost a loved one to mesothelioma who died within two years of being diagnosed with the disease, you have only two years from the date of death to file a survival action or wrongful death action.
Learn More About Typical Case Process And What To Do Next
Call 412-567-4931 or complete our contact form to schedule a free initial consultation with our lawyers. We accept all cases on a no-recovery, no-fee basis, which means you will not pay attorney’s fees unless we are successful in your case.