The diagnosis of mesothelioma or asbestos lung cancer is the result of the exposure effects to asbestos 20, 30 and even 40 or more years later.
Workers exposed to asbestos fibers could develop mesothelioma, a terminal cancer, asbestos lung cancer, or other asbestos-related diseases like asbestosis.
If you or a relative have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or an asbestos-related lung cancer, it highly likely you have a valuable legal claim for compensation. The overall strength of your legal claim typically will depend on several important factors, including:
- The “Statute of Limitations” or time limit to file a claim.
- Identifying where you were exposed to asbestos.
- Identifying the responsible parties.
1. The Statute of Limitations or Time Limit
While you may have the right to sue if you, or a family member has been diagnosed with mesothelioma or an asbestos-related lung disease, there is a time frame during which you must file your case. This is true for nearly all legal claims and is called a “statute of limitations.” This statute of limitations (or time limit to file your legal claim) varies from state to state.
If you wait too long, you may be prohibited from filing any legal action seeking compensation. If you believe you or loved one might have a potential case, it is critically important that you seek legal advice as soon as possible.
Because the statute of limitations for mesothelioma and asbestos lung cancer varies from state to state, it is important to contact a law firm to learn about your specific rights so that your case has the best chances for success. Enlisting the help of an experienced attorney will help guide you and your family on the right path to the medical and financial support you deserve.
The attorney you contact should be able to provide you with the relevant time limits in your case, an initial analysis of your case and advice on proceeding with any legal claim, all free of charge and at no obligation to you.
Due to the rapid progression of the mesothelioma disease and the high costs associated with treatment, getting an attorney who can expedite your legal claim is a valid concern.
2. Identifying Where You Were Exposed to Asbestos
If you or a relative was diagnosed with mesothelioma or an asbestos-related disease, you have legal rights that may entitle you to significant compensation from previous employers, manufacturers or others responsible for your asbestos exposure.
Your rights vary depending on many factors such as your residence, where you were exposed to asbestos, and the location of the responsible asbestos companies. An experienced mesothelioma / asbestos attorney will be familiar with the extensive process of identifying the location of all parties responsible for the unlawful asbestos exposure.
3. Identifying the Responsible Parties
Depending on the unique circumstances of each case, victims and their families may be eligible to file one or more claims for compensation, including:
- reimbursement for medical costs
- pain and suffering
- lost wages
- and other losses depending on your situation.
As mentioned above, each state has its own laws and its own deadlines for allowing victims of asbestos disease to file legal claims.
If you or family member was diagnosed with mesothelioma or an asbestos-related lung disease, you likely have the right to seek significant compensation for your loss. This legal right is typically made through a “wrongful death” claim.
Mesothelioma Wrongful Death Claims
The laws of different states vary as to which family members have the legal right to recover for the wrongful death of a family member. In many instances the total asbestos exposure may have occurred across a number of states and past occupations. We can help you sort out these details and determine the best approach for your case, depending upon your individual situation.
Under the law, if you have an asbestos-related disease, you may be entitled to compensation from the companies that are responsible for the asbestos products that caused your disease. Submit your request for a free, no obligation, confidential consultation by filling out the short form below.