Difficulties with Proving Asbestos Exposure

Posted on behalf of Peter T. Nicholl in Mesothelioma & Asbestos Published on July 31, 2019 and updated on March 7, 2022.

man gazing into the distanceThe key to any mesothelioma claim is proving you or your loved one was exposed to asbestos at some point in the past. Unfortunately, this can be very difficult because mesothelioma often does not cause symptoms until decades after you were exposed. You or your loved one may have bounced around between jobs at different companies, so it can be tough to pin down when exposure actually happened.

Our Maryland mesothelioma and asbestos diseases attorneys discuss how we help victims prove their asbestos exposure and access the compensation they deserve. Contact us now to schedule a free, no obligation consultation and learn how we can help build your potential claim.

Talking to Coworkers and Family Members

Former coworkers are a helpful source of information when it comes to proving your asbestos exposure in the workplace. As mesothelioma typically takes up to 40 years to develop and begin to show symptoms following asbestos exposure, tracking down people you worked with during this time period is often difficult because it was so long ago.

Former coworkers may be able to provide testimony that gives evidence of workplace exposure to asbestos, or to establish that there was an exposure risk present at your workplace. One or more of these coworkers may have also been diagnosed with mesothelioma – in this case, they may have already performed research that could be helpful to your claim.

Because mesothelioma takes so long to develop, your former employer where the asbestos exposure took place may have went out of business. Our mesothelioma lawyers seek out information regarding former employers to help establish when and where you were exposed to asbestos.

Thanks to our experience with mesothelioma claims, we know how to conduct this difficult, time-consuming process. When you work with our law firm, this step is off your shoulders so you are able to focus on your treatment.

Reviewing Information We Have Already Obtained

Our attorneys have more than three decades of experience researching mesothelioma claims. Through the many cases we have settled and taken to trial, our team has gathered a great amount of information, which we are able to put to work for you.

Our firm’s research may have produced information that can be used as evidence to support your claim of asbestos exposure.

Types of Companies That Could Be Held Responsible

Many types of companies may be held responsible for causing your asbestos-related illness, which include:

  • Asbestos product manufacturers
  • Asbestos product suppliers
  • Raw asbestos fiber companies
  • Asbestos contractors
  • Property owners
  • Building designers or engineers

There are many companies that were involved in the making of asbestos products that went bankrupt. While many of them were reorganized and continue to operate today, these companies are unable to be sued due to the establishment of asbestos trust funds during bankruptcy proceedings. The only way to recover compensation from these businesses is through an asbestos trust fund claim.

During the bankruptcy process, trust funds were set up to provide compensation for those injured from exposure to the company’s products. These trust funds covered claimants at the time of the fund’s establishment as well as future claimants who would be affected by an asbestos-related illness or injury due to their products at some point in the future.

Get Help with Your Mesothelioma Claim Today

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma following asbestos exposure, our Maryland mesothelioma attorneys are here to help. We will evaluate and determine the value your claim and inform you of the legal options that may be available to you for pursuing compensation for medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering.

Request a free, no obligation consultation today. There are no upfront fees, and you only pay us if we recover compensation for you.

Call now at 410-244-7005.