Asbestos exposure is linked to several deadly diseases, including mesothelioma, lung cancer and asbestosis. More than 3,000 Americans are diagnosed every year with mesothelioma, a rare and extremely lethal form of cancer that is directly caused by exposure to asbestos. Since as early as the 1920s, asbestos companies have known that their products are dangerous and even deadly – yet they have continued to manufacture asbestos. If you or a family member is afflicted with mesothelioma or another asbestos disease, you are entitled to compensation.

Finding a reputable and aggressive attorney to file an asbestos lawsuit on your behalf is the first step in receiving the settlement you deserve. Given that asbestos-related diseases such as mesothelioma are extremely lethal, the average life expectancy after diagnosis is less than two years – high settlements are increasingly common. Multi-million dollar settlements enable victims to be compensated for their pain, suffering and expenses, and for family members to be protected financially when they are forced to face life without their loved one.

In order to make the asbestos companies pay you the settlement you deserve, you will need to present your attorney with several important pieces of information. First, it is beneficial to provide documented proof that you worked, or were deployed, in a situation that exposed you to asbestos. Be prepared to provide your asbestos lawyer with the name of the company you worked for and the time frame of your employment, as well as a description of your job. If you are not able to pinpoint the time and location of your exposure, many attorneys employ private investigators to research your claim and bolster your case.

You should also plan to provide your asbestos attorney with medical records regarding your specific diagnosis and prognosis. Your medical records or those of your loved ones will help to form an essential picture of the degree of your pain and suffering. This will aid a jury in affixing a dollar value to your asbestos award. If your case does not reach the trial stage, this information will bolster your attorneys negotiating position with the asbestos companies, who will try to get away with as small a negotiated settlement as possible.

Most importantly, you must act quickly to get the compensation you deserve from the asbestos companies. Many states have statutes of limitation, which dictate how long you have to file a claim. Since the diseases caused by asbestos exposure can take up to fifty years to manifest themselves, time may be of the essence.