There are a number of factors that must be considered when determining if you are eligible to file a lawsuit:
- How and where the exposure to asbestos occurred
- Whether another party was responsible for the exposure
- When you were officially diagnosed with mesothelioma
Sometimes, putting the pieces together after a diagnosis can require an in-depth investigation. You may not have the time or energy to undertake such a process on your own but our experienced mesothelioma attorneys can help. Through interviews with a patient and requests for records, we can often determine the exact source and timeframe of their exposure. Then, we can help them file a claim against the negligent party.
What Type of Compensation Is Available?
For victims of past asbestos exposure, compensation in the form of an asbestos settlement is your best option to receive what you’ll need to cover the mounting cost of medical expenses and possibly lost wages as well. A settlement can be attained after filing a lawsuit against the company or companies that were responsible for your ultimately fatal exposure.
The path to mesothelioma compensation starts with finding a qualified attorney who can file that claim for you and then represent you throughout its course through the court system. An experienced mesothelioma attorney can also provide you with further details about what your claim may be worth and how long it may take to receive your settlement.
Mesothelioma Lawsuit Statutes of Limitations
Every lawsuit must abide by its statute of limitations, which is a certain amount of time a claimant has in which they must file a suit. With mesothelioma lawsuits, the statute of limitations varies from state to state. Patients may have a long period of latency between the end of their asbestos exposure and their exhibition of mesothelioma symptoms, so the statute of limitations for a mesothelioma lawsuit usually begins at the time of diagnosis.
Though the deadline varies between locations, the average mesothelioma victim has one to two years to file a claim. It’s important to call us soon after your diagnosis so we have the time to work with you to build a strong case.
Mesothelioma Wrongful Death Statutes of Limitations
In cases where the mesothelioma patient has passed away, their surviving family members may choose to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the parties responsible for their decedent’s exposure to asbestos. As with the statute of limitations for a mesothelioma lawsuit, the statute of limitations for a wrongful death lawsuit varies from state to state; however, in many, the family will have two years after the death to take action.