Most of your internal organs are covered with a thin tissue called the mesothelioma. If you develop mesothelioma, you may be able to treat cancer. But many forms of mesothelioma cannot be treated. This condition is most often associated with exposure to asbestos. While asbestos does not cause everyone to develop, there are some individuals who have risk factors that increase their odds of developing cancer. While trying to determine how you were exposed to asbestos and who was responsible, you may need to work with an expert witness.
The Role of an Expert Witness
Expert witnesses are individuals who have special knowledge of a subject. While they may not have directly witnessed the event that caused you to be exposed to asbestos, but they are able to provide information to a jury that is not considered common knowledge.
For example, you would not need an expert witness to explain that asbestos is bad for your health, but you would need an expert witness to explain how your work history may have exposed you to asbestos and how this may have contributed to your symptoms.
Even if you do not intend to go to court, you may need an expert witness so that you may reach an appropriate settlement offer. However, to find an expert witness, you will usually need to contact a mesothelioma law firm.
Mesothelioma Law Firms
Mesothelioma law firms are already in contact with expert witnesses who are knowledgeable about mesothelioma and asbestos exposure. When the defendant knows that you are working with respected experts in the field, they are more likely to offer a settlement. If your case does go to trial, the expert witness will go to court and will testify about your health.
The Need for Multiple Expert Witnesses
With a mesothelioma case, you will likely need more than one expert witness. You will need a medical expert to will testify to the state of your health. Symptoms of asbestos can be similar to symptoms of other conditions, so you will need an expert witness who can explain why your symptoms are indicative of asbestos.
You'll also need an expert witness who can prove causation. This will typically require an industrial hygienist or certified asbestos professional. The causation expert can show how asbestos was disturbed during a project and how this lead to asbestos exposure. Mesothelioma lawyers will perform the hard work while you focus on your recovery.