When you get into a serious personal injury accident, one of the first things to run across the victim's mind might be to contact an attorney. Holding those responsible for your injuries could be essential, as you abilities to work and live comfortably may have been compromised greatly. The same is true for a mesothelioma victim who has been exposed to asbestos.
Unlike injuries from a car accident, it can be years or decades before the symptoms of mesothelioma appear within a victim of asbestos exposure. For many, this long latency period can make it difficult to determine when to reach out to a mesothelioma attorney. If exposure took place all those years ago, is it too late to file a lawsuit?
The answer is "no." Depending on where you reside, you have one to six years after diagnosis to file a mesothelioma claim. See a complete list of Limitations by state, here.
You should contact a mesothelioma attorney immediately after becoming aware of your exposure or your diagnosis to ensure you stay within your Statute of Limitations. Many asbestos companies and manufacturers were well aware of the dangers of asbestos exposure before warning consumers of the hazards or training their own employees to handle the substance. An experienced attorney will help hold those responsible for your illness accountable for their actions.