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 of 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.
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 1 to 2 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.