Mesothelioma Legal Dictionary

The following list of Mesothelioma legal terms, definitions, and explanations are commonly used in Mesothelioma and asbestos lawsuits.

When you file a Mesothelioma lawsuit many these legal terms will be used in your Mesothelioma lawsuit. These will help give Mesothelioma patients and their families a better understanding of the most common and some uncommon terms related to a Mesothelioma lawsuit.


A – Mesothelioma Legal Terms

Additur – When a judge thinks that the jury has not recommended enough money for the plaintiff and orders that an additional amount be added to the total.

Ad Litem

Administrative Hearing

Adjudicated Asbestos Lawsuit


Amendment – A change to the plaintiff’s pleading or the defendant’s response. All amendments are filed with the court and given to the opposing side.

Amicus Curiae


Appeal– After a trial judge enters a judgment, one of the parties may ask a higher-level court to review the judgment to make sure that it was justified.

Appellate– A word used to describe things having to do with the process of appeal. For example: the “appellate” court is a court with higher authority that the one where the trial was.

Asbestos Attorney

Asbestos Bankruptcy Funds

Asbestos Bankruptcy Trusts

Asbestos Cancer-Causing Construction Material

Asbestos Documents

Asbestos Lawsuit

Asbestos Legislation

Asbestos Liabilities

Asbestos Litigation

Asbestos Manufacturers Can be Held Liable

Asbestos Related Claims

Asbestos Trust Fund

Asbestos Victims Compensation Fund

Asbestos in the Workplace

Assumption of the Risk

Attorney-Client Privilege

Award – A decision made by a court, usually involving money. A plaintiff may get an “award” of money from the defendant.

B – Mesothelioma Legal Terms

Bad Faith

Bench Trial – Non-Jury Trial


Best Evidence Rule


Breach of Duty

Breach of Trust

Breach of Warranty

Burden of Proof

Bystander – Related to Product Liability

Bundled Mesothelioma Cases

Burden of Proof

C – Mesothelioma Legal Terms

Cause of Action


Choosing an Asbestos Lawyer

Circumstantial Evidence



Class Action

Client: The person who hires a lawyer for legal services.

Contingency fees: What a personal-injury attorney gets paid if he or she wins a case for the client. If the attorney loses the case, he or she does not get paid.

Closing Statement


Collateral Source Rule


Compensation Fund

Compensatory Damages



Contingency Fee Agreement


Corroborating Evidence

D – Mesothelioma Legal Terms


Damages Phase






De Novo


Deprived of the Companionship

Directed Verdict


Discovery: The process after a law suit is filed, but before trial begins, in which both sides gather and disclose as much information about a case as possible. Interrogatories, depositions and requests for production are all part of the discovery process.


Disfigurement in the Past and Future

Do-Not-Resuscitate Order – DNR

Due Diligence

Durable Power of Attorney

E – Mesothelioma Legal Terms

Economic Damages

Employer Liability

Estate Planning


Exemplary Damages


Expert Witness

Exemplary Damages

F – Mesothelioma Legal Terms

Fact Question

Federal Employers Liability


File an Asbestos Claim

File a Mesothelioma Claim

First Chair

Financial Assistance Mesothelioma Patients

G – Mesothelioma Legal Terms

Gross Negligence

H – Mesothelioma Legal Terms



I – Mesothelioma Legal Terms

Insurance Claims

Interrogatory: A set of questionnaires exchanged by the parties during the discovery process.


J – Mesothelioma Legal Terms

Joint and Several Liability

judgment: A decision given by a judge. Usually, a judgment is based on the jury’s verdict.

judgment notwithstanding the verdict( j.n.o.v .): A judge’s decision to throw out the jury’s verdict altogether and enter the opposite result.

Judgment Notice

Judgment Non Obstante Veredic to – JNOV


Jury Award

L – Mesothelioma Legal Terms

Last Will and Testament


Lead Council

Leading Question

Legal Cause

Liable – Liability

Liability Phase

Liberal construction

Living Will

Loss of Consortium

Loss of Future Earnings

Loss of Earning Capacity

Loss of Husband’s Care and Comfort

Loss of Husband’s Support and Companionship

Loss of Parental Care

Loss of Spousal and Parental Services

Loss of Spousal Support

Loss of Wages

M – Mesothelioma Legal Terms


Medical Costs

Medical Expenses

Medical Expenses Plus Interest

Medical Experts

Mesothelioma Free Consultation

Mesothelioma & Health Insurance

Mesothelioma Lawsuit

Mesothelioma Lawsuit Hearing

Mesothelioma Litigation

Mesothelioma Settlement

Mesothelioma Verdicts

Mesothelioma Wrongful Death

Mitigating Circumstances

Monetary Compensation


N – Mesothelioma Legal Terms


Negligence Per Se
Nondurable Power of Attorney

Non-Economic Damages


Non-Jury Trial

Nuncupative Will

O – Mesothelioma Legal Terms

Occupational Disease

Out-of-Court Settlement

Opening Statement

P – Mesothelioma Legal Terms

Past and Future Damages

Pain and Suffering


Peer review


Personal Injury

Personal Representative

Petition (or Complaint)

Plaintiff: The person or company that files a law suit.

Pleading: The official set of papers that explain the facts of a particular case and lists the legal theories that justify a demand of compensation.
Product liability: A legal theory that says a product was marketed or sold as being safe but was instead harmful or defective.

Physical Evidence

Physical Impairment in the Past and Future


Powers of Attorney

Preponderance of the Evidence

Prima Facie


Product Identification – Asbestos

Product Liability

Proximate Cause

Product Liability

Punitive Damages

Q – Mesothelioma Legal Terms

Question of Fact

R – Mesothelioma Legal Terms


Reasonable Care

recover/recovery: To get a judgment of money. The money “recovered” is called the “recovery.”


remittitur: When a judge thinks that the jury has recommended that the plaintiff should get too much money and orders that an amount be subtracted from the total.

Request for Production

Reparations for Medical Expenses

Retain: To hire a lawyer.

Retainer Fee

Reverse-Bifurcated Trial

S – Mesothelioma Legal Terms

Second Chair

Settlement/settle: The agreement reached between parties to a law suit to resolve the suit without going to trial. The parties agree to “settle” the suit, usually for a particular sum of money.

Sue: To bring a legal action against a person or company.

Several Liabilities


Social Security Records

Sophisticated Employer Defense

Springing Power of Attorney

Standard of Care

Standard of Proof

Statute of Limitations

Strict Construction

Structured Settlement


Survivor Action

T – Mesothelioma Legal Terms

Testifying at Trial

Trial Calendar


V – Mesothelioma Legal Terms


Victims Compensation Fund

Victims of Mesothelioma

Violating Asbestos Regulations

Voir Dire

W – Mesothelioma Legal Terms

Workers Injured by Asbestos

Workers Compensation

Work History

Wrongful Death: A legal theory that says a person or company is lawfully responsible for another person’s death because of something irresponsible the person or company did.

Wrongful Death Claims

Wrongful Death Statute

Malignant Mesothelioma has been linked to workplace asbestos exposure.

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Malignant Mesothelioma

Malignant Mesothelioma is rare form of cancer that affects lining of the lungs, abdomen, heart, and major organs in the body. Mesothelioma is a disease in which malignant cancer cells are found in the sac lining the chest (pleura) or the abdomen (peritoneum). There are about 3,000 new malignant Mesothelioma cases diagnosed each year in the U. S. If you are experiencing any Mesothelioma symptoms you should contact a doctor immediately.

Diagnosed With Mesothelioma?

If you or a family member has been diagnosed with malignant Mesothelioma you are going to have a lot of questions about living with Mesothelioma and what legal options you have against asbestos manufacturers and asbestos companies for your asbestos exposure. Mesothelioma is a seriously deadly disease. According to the American Cancer Society with the average survival time for people with Mesothelioma is 4-18 months.

Call TOLL FREE 888.640.0914 right now to talk with a live Mesothelioma Counselor that can answer many of your questions and give you the peace of mind that you need.

Family Member Died From Mesothelioma?

If you have a family member that has died from Mesothelioma cancer you should immediately consult with an experienced Mesothelioma diagnosis lawyer about what compensation may be available to you from asbestos trust funds that total more than 30 billion dollars.

It is VERY IMPORTANT that you file your Mesothelioma claim within your states Statute of Limitations.

We have seen many families lose their right to file a lawsuit because their Statute of Limitations had expired while they were grieving. We know it is a tough time to grieve the loss of a loved one, but please do not let your Statute of Limitations expire for filing your Mesothelioma lawsuit. In most states the Statute of Limitations is 2-3 years. Some states have 6 year Statute of Limitations.

Mesothelioma Latency Period

Mesothelioma has a long latency period of 10-50 years. Many Veterans, Shipyard Workers, Construction Workers, Power Plant Workers, Mill Workers, Steel Workers, Railroad Workers, Pipefitters, Insulators, Electricians, Carpenters, Welders, Auto Mechanics, Veterans, Factory Workers, and laborers are living in the early stages of a variety of asbestos related diseases. Many Mesothelioma lawyers will not accept asbestosis, asbestos lung cancer, asbestosis, pleural plaques, pleural thickening, colon cancer and esophageal cancer cases.

There is More Than 30 Billion Dollars Set Aside for Mesothelioma and Asbestos Victims in Asbestos Bankruptcy Trusts

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