Statute of Limitations on Mesothelioma Claims
Mesothelioma is an incredibly rare form of cancer when it occurs naturally, but it has an inordinately high rate of occurrence for people who work with asbestos or within an area that includes asbestos. Researchers have spent countless hours of study and testing to conclude that mesothelioma can be caused directly by asbestos exposure, specifically the accidental inhalation or ingestion of asbestos fibers. For this reason, many people who are diagnosed with mesothelioma can actually file claims in pursuit of compensation from the party that exposed them to asbestos.
However, as with any injury claim, there are strict statutes of limitations that govern whether or not a plaintiff’s mesothelioma complaint will be permitted in the courts. If the statute of limitations expires – meaning the plaintiff took too long to file a claim against the liable parties – the court can be asked by the defendant to throw the lawsuit out. Effectively, no lawsuits are valid after the statute of limitations.
Each state uses its own laws regarding statutes of limitations on mesothelioma claims. Some states only give plaintiff’s one year after diagnosis, while others extend the statute to two years, three years, or more. You will need to look up your own state’s laws to figure out how much time you have to file a claim, but it is best to err on the side of caution and assume it could be as short as one year.
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You can turn to Shrader & Associates L.L.P. for all the legal support you need for your mesothelioma claim, including determining when your statute of limitations ends. We have devoted our law firm to asbestos and mesothelioma claims, allowing us to become the go-to name in such litigation and lawsuits. A recent case result won by our mesothelioma attorneys secured nearly $11 million for a client who was exposed to asbestos.
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