Understanding Asbestos LawsuitsIf a person believes that he or she has been injured by the misconduct of another person or company, that person can seek compensation for the injury from the person or company they believe is responsible by filing a lawsuit. The person seeking compensation is called the plaintiff. The person or company that compensation is being sought from is called the defendant.
If the plaintiff has been wronged by the misconduct of more than one person or company, then the plaintiff must sue more than one defendant. Asbestos cases will sometimes have as many as forty or more defendants, because the plaintiff may have been exposed, over the course of his or her career, to asbestos products made by many different manufacturers.
Asbestos Law ProcedureThe lawsuit begins when the plaintiff's mesothelioma attorney files a document called a complaint in court. The complaint will identify all the defendants, contain statements called allegations (because they have not yet been proven to be true in a court of law) of what the defendants did wrong, and detail how that wrongful conduct has harmed the plaintiff. Copies of the complaint are served, or delivered, to each defendant, to put them on notice that they are being sued.