Mesothelioma is a disease that has no cure. There are promising treatments available, but these treatments cost money.  No one deserves to fight this battle, but if you have to fight it, you need to go about it in the most effective way.  This infographic shows you the timeline of how the process works.  Initially, you will meet with an attorney who will answer questions and address your concerns about the process.  Your attorney will then begin the process of determining your exposure to asbestos, the signs and symptoms you suffered and your medical history.  This is a detailed and time-consuming action. Family members, co-workers, doctors, and others may be contacted to gather the needed information.  There are existing trust already in place to provide payment to the victims if all the requirements are met.  Your attorney will carefully compile the information to see if your case is provided for under these trusts. Even if you are eligible to receive compensation from these trust, there could still be avenues to collect further compensation. Once your attorney has determined the proper venue, he will file the complaint on your behalf. There are many ways in which the resolution of your case can come about. In many cases, there is resolution without going to trial.

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By: Stephen Phillips

Stephen D. Phillips is the managing partner at the Phillips Law Offices in Chicago. He earned his Juris Doctor from Loyola University in 1985 and his B.A. from the University of Iowa in 1981. He is an extensively published writer and sought-after lecturer on legal topics ranging from medical malpractice to tort reform. Mr. Phillips is also the recipient of a number of awards and honors from various legal and community groups.