Asbestos Claim Investigations

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Investigating a potential asbestos claim is lengthy process that involves several steps. When a victim of an asbestos-related illness contacts an attorney to pursue legal action, the attorney must thoroughly investigate the claim to determine if a viable case can be made. This is in the best interest of both lawyer and potential client. An experienced asbestos attorney will carry out the following steps before pursuing a claim:

  1. Confirm the diagnosis. An asbestos claim is not worth anything if the victim’s injuries were not caused by asbestos fibers, or if this cannot be proved. Pathologists and pulmonary specialists working with PWHD will review a potential client’s medical records to confirm that the source of the victim’s ailments was exposure to asbestos fibers, and that this fact is provable enough that the defense will not be able to controvert it easily.
  2. Determine where exposure occurred. The next step of investigating an asbestos claim is determining when and where the victim was exposed to asbestos fibers. By interviewing the client (if he or she is alive), reviewing his or her work history and employment records, speaking with co-workers, and pinpointing asbestos exposure sites near the areas he or she has lived, asbestos attorneys can pinpoint the way in which the victim was exposed to asbestos.
  3. Find out who is responsible. Once PWHD knows where the client was exposed to asbestos, they will research what asbestos products were used at that site and who manufactured them. This could involve multiple corporations who manufactured different asbestos products that were in use at the time.

Not every claim is valid or wise to pursue. All asbestos lawsuits require a solid foundation of provable evidence, from the diagnosis to confirming the use of asbestos products, in order to be worth pursuing for the client and the attorney. PWHD has the experience and resources to thoroughly investigate a potential asbestos claim and build cases that will hold up in court of law.

If you or your loved one has contracted an asbestos-related illness such as mesothelioma, asbestosis, or lung cancer, contact our firm today. We will perform a detailed investigation of your claim, and help you determine if pursuing a lawsuit will help you recover compensation for your losses.

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