She should speak with an attorney right away. According to The Mesothelioma Center, states place a rather short time limit on how long after diagnosis a claim may be filed.
Most attorneys offer a free consultation and work on a contingency basis, meaning that they only collect a fee if you win your case. It is important to hire a lawyer that is knowledgeable about asbestos and mesothelioma cases.
Once the attorney has been chosen, he or she will prepare and file the necessary forms for your sister-in-law to file a lawsuit, starting with a complaint, or petition. If the attorney determines that it is advantageous to file the lawsuit in another state, he or she will do the necessary travelling.
The lawyer will send properly prepared documents to the defendant, who will have a designated amount of time to respond. Many times, claims are settled out of court, but if your lawyer was inexperienced and did not comply precisely with the rules of the court, the defendant may be able to convince the judge to drop the case.
A Louisville wrongful death attorney can help you navigate the daunting legal road of a mesothelioma lawsuit. Call Gray and White Law at 502-210-8942 or toll free at 888-450-4456 to set up a FREE, no-obligation consultation.