When you get the mesothelioma diagnosis, your whole world is turned upside down. It may be difficult to process, but it’s incredibly important that you file your claim as soon as possible. Here in West Virginia, we have a very special procedure for victims and you need to find an experienced attorney, like The Segal Law Firm, to help get you started. The sooner you file, the better. This way, you know you are protected and there’s no doubt you’ll get the help you deserve.
So, where to start? In West Virginia, we have two judges who have dedicated themselves to trying mesothelioma cases multiple times a year, normally in groups of ten to twenty. We call this the exigent docket, but many workers call it the rocket docket because if you have an experienced lawyer who knows what they are doing, your case can get to trial in a year or two. As soon as your case is selected, it will be placed on a docket and we get what’s called an administrative order. All that means is we lawyers know how much time we have to get our answers and when specific scientific reports are due.
The biggest delay, typically, are the pathology reports, which are done by the scientists who look at the tissue from your lining and confirm that you do, in fact, suffer from mesothelioma. At that point, The Segal Law Firm would use our millions of pages of depositions to prove where you contracted the disease. These depositions tell us what asbestos was used in which factories, facilities and steel mills in West Virginia. But if you don’t have a lawyer that knows that system, that knows what the administrative order contains and how the judges expect the case to be developed, you could be delayed. So it’s critical that you find an attorney who understands the exigent or rocket docket.
It’s a very smooth system. It’s a very quick system, both in terms of time and money. We spend money as conservatively as possible and get as much money for you as possible. It’s an extremely expensive case to file, investigate, and prove, but here at my firm, we are usually processing several at a time. In this way, we can keep those expenses reasonable, given the amount of money we are likely to recover for the workers.
There are definitely a few tricks of trade for filing a mesothelioma case in West Virginia, but if you get a lawyer like the ones at The Segal Law Firm who are used to doing it, you will understand how it’s proceeding from the beginning and it should be the least worrisome thing in your life. We can handle it for you. Your job is to take care of yourself and your family- we’ll do the rest. At the end of the day, I think the men and women who suffer from this terrible disease appreciate the fact that we take that burden off of them and deal with the legal side of things while interrupting their life as little as possible. If you’re in the process of choosing an attorney for your mesothelioma case or just have questions about the legalities in general, give me a call at 855-344-9100.