A new article by The Center for Public Integrity discusses the deposition process for patients who are dealing with mesothelioma. For instance, the article talks about Nader Kordestani, a 75-year-old mesothelioma patient who is asked questions regarding his health and past events. Oftentimes, the questions are repetitive. This continues for over three hours, all while Kordestani struggles to provide answers through coughing and breathing troubles.
In California asbestos-related cases, the deposition can last roughly 20 hours, sometimes more. The patients have to endure this process, often struggling with their condition the entire time. This has led others to wonder how much is too much when it comes to lengthy depositions. Plaintiff lawyers feel as though these long depositions are used to stall and force the patient to drop their suit. The defense attorneys claim that the depositions allow for more detail and helps the company defend themselves.
Could these prolonged depositions be harming the mesothelioma patients? This situation allegedly only happens in California, but it may be worth addressing to make sure the process isn’t too strenuous on patients.
If you or someone you love developed mesothelioma, there may be a possibility for legal action. Mesothelioma is usually the result of asbestos exposure and often effects construction workers, veterans, and more. Claims usually arise when workers are not provided with proper safety equipment, nor warnings regarding the presence of asbestos.
At Bailey Cowan Heckaman PLLC, we make it a point to protect the rights of our clients. We aim to help mesothelioma patients get through these difficult times and seek the compensation they deserve. Call our mesothelioma attorneys today to discuss the possibility of filing a lawsuit and learn more about your legal rights and options in an asbestos-related claim.