If you have watched ads on TV about mesothelioma and how to get compensated thousands, millions or billions of dollars because of a settlement, then you may be interested in making that claim. What those commercials don’t tell you is that victims of asbestos exposure still need to prove everything about their case.
Victims have to show that they worked at the company or with an employer that used or exposed them to asbestos. They have to show their medical workups and prove that they have developed an asbestos-related disease.
It simply is not as simple as the commercials make it out to be, which is why it’s more important for victims to discuss their legal rights and to find out where they stand with their initial claim.
What do victims of asbestos exposure need to prove to make a claim?
Victims may have to prove different things depending on how the case is being handled. Primarily, they will need to show that they were:
- Exposed to asbestos at a job site or by an employer
- Developed an asbestos-related illness as a result of that exposure
- Have suffered financial damages and illness or death as a result of the exposure
In cases involving negligence of an employer or other party, then victims or their surviving family members will need to prove that the defending employer:
- Had a duty to prove a safe product, service or worksite
- Failed to provide a safe product, service or worksite
- Caused injury or death
It can be hard to prove a case involving asbestos-related illnesses and mesothelioma, especially if there is not yet a link between a particular job site or employer and asbestos exposure. However, in situations where a settlement has already occurred, being able to prove that you or a deceased loved one worked or were present at that site where asbestos was present could help you make a solid case for compensation.
Even though making a claim isn’t as simple as the commercials or ads would have you believe, it is possible to make a claim. Get to know your legal rights, so you understand what you need to move forward with a claim.