Once a complaint is filed and all of the defendants have answered that complaint, discovery is conducted. Discovery is the process by which all facts relevant to the lawsuit are identified. Each side can ask written questions, request documents and request admission of certain facts. The parties can then use deposition to clarify and expand on the information exchanged in discovery.
Our lawyers always handle our clients' depositions, and they have the opportunity to depose the defendants. Depositions allow our clients to document the devastating impact of mesothelioma on them and their families. The deposition also allows our clients to identify what each defendant's involvement with asbestos was, as well as what steps the defendant took (if any) to diminish the risks of asbestos exposure.
Our primary goal in every mesothelioma claim is to recover full and fair value for our clients. About 5 percent of mesothelioma cases go to verdict, but our attorneys prepare for trial to maximize case value and convince defendants that we are willing, ready and able to try the case. Our seasoned trial lawyers have a strong track record and have recovered millions of dollars in both verdicts and settlements.
The vast majority of cases are resolved through settlement, and because many of the defendants in these cases are bankrupt, we can submit claims to the trusts formed by the bankrupt companies, which may result in receiving funds within a matter of weeks. Many non-bankrupt defendants, given the high verdicts and bad publicity involved with asbestos, will also settle early to avoid trial.
Unlike some firms, we do not ask for additional compensation for trying a case. We consider it part of our service in achieving the very best results for our clients.
At Kaiser Gornick LLP in San Francisco, our attorneys have filed a wide range of mesothelioma claims for clients in California and across the country. We strive to help every client recover compensation for any illness related to asbestos. Given that a mesothelioma lawsuit may be the only way for you and your family to recover the money that you truly need and deserve, our lawyers provide you with a wealth of information and resources about filing a claim.
It is important to understand the process of filing a mesothelioma claim and to work with attorneys who have experience you can trust.
Attorney Jeffrey A. Kaiser brings more than 15 years of experience in asbestos mesothelioma claims. Lawrence J. Gornick has tried cases across the country, including in California, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Washington. He has successfully argued numerous cases and has resolved them through mediation and arbitration. In addition to our partners, who work on every case, we have a team of passionate associates, paralegals and investigators who ensure that we thoroughly review the case and pursue full compensation.
At such a difficult time, the thought of filing a lawsuit may not seem important and may only seem to add more stress to your life. We understand that concern and want to reduce the stress in your life, not increase it. There is no shame in trying to find help in dealing with such a devastating illness like mesothelioma.
We can get information for you, fill out forms and help you through the process in a manner that is as effective and efficient as possible.