The process of making an asbestosis claim or seeking mesothelioma compensation can be a daunting prospect for some plaintiffs, especially if the original exposure was believed to have occurred many years previously and asbestosis symptoms only slowly coming to light and subsequently, diagnosed.

The main role of an asbestos lawyer is to try to settle the case on behalf of the client without the case going to trial. If he or she is unable to do so, the lawyer will have to prepare for trial, including drafting pre-trial briefs and sending notices about the hearing to witnesses.

When first seeking asbestos advice, it is important to understand that pursuing a successful asbestos claim may require a long process in which many different factors will be closely scrutinised to determine exact cause and liability. Often, the first challenge is to track down and obtain satisfactory response from original company owners and their insurers.

When an asbestos lawyer gets a case, he will meet with the client, known as the plaintiff, for an initial consultation. The case file will be reviewed, records organised and initial discovery requests drafted to the other party. Once the process is underway, the plaintiff’s medical record history will require to be examined and summarised and obtain all costs of medical treatments.

A key area will be to analyse the injured person’s employment history in order to determine which employers are liable for the plaintiff’s asbestos related disease. A list of relevant places the plaintiff worked and the length of time worked for each company will be compiled. Factors such as the number of years and frequency a person was exposed to asbestos are crucial because this determines the extent of the company’s liability, which is taken into consideration when calculating a settlement demand.

Another type of representation is in the reverse role as defence for companies who are being sued for alleged asbestos exposure. If a company is accused of exposing a plaintiff to asbestos, it is up to the lawyer to prove the defendant is not liable by deposing the plaintiff, the plaintiff’s medical doctors, and work supervisors. An asbestos expert will be hired to conduct an inspection of where the plaintiff worked, review company safety regulations and take photographs of any machinery used by the worker.