Injury lawsuits must be filed within a time limit that is referred to as a statute of limitations— which is in place to prevent frivolous and dated lawsuits by limiting the amount of time victims have to file a claim. Because asbestos exposure leads to health problems over time and those issues may not arise for decades after a worker has been exposed, the statute of limitations on mesothelioma and asbestosis lawsuits may be different in your state than if your case involved a physical injury. Each state has different laws regarding statute of limitations, so it is a good idea to consult a mesothelioma lawyer who knows the laws of your state.
When the Statute of Limitations Begins for Asbestos Related Injury & Fatality Cases
Many mesothelioma victims are under the false belief that because they were exposed to asbestos particles thirty to forty years ago, their statute of limitations has run out and they do not have a case anymore. Exposure to asbestos doesn’t cause immediate health concerns in most cases and because it takes years or decades to develop cancer or other diseases, the statute of limitations begins when the victim is first diagnosed. If you are diagnosed with mesothelioma, it is wise to speak with an attorney soon after in order to build your case within the window that you have to file a lawsuit so that you don’t miss the mark and end up unable to seek compensation.
Right to Retain Counsel
Anyone who has been injured due to a negligent act has the right to retain legal counsel that will represent their interests when dealing with a responsible party or presenting a case to the court or a jury. Your employer will retain representation as well as soon as it is known that you have been diagnosed with an illness that is related to unsafe work conditions. Every day that you wait to retain a lawyer is another day that your employer has to build a defense against your case.
The Dangers of Waiting To File An Illinois Mesothelioma Lawsuit
It may take a long time to build an injury case— your lawyer needs to investigate the circumstances of your injury, compile evidence, anticipate a rebuttal from the defense and decide on the most effective course going forward. Delaying the process puts stress on your attorney and may inhibit his or her ability to investigate your claim properly because of time constraints. Speaking with an attorney soon after you have been diagnosed with a medical condition that is related to asbestos inhalation gives you and your lawyer ample time to prepare and win your case.
We are equipped to handle your case in a timely manner so that your claim is filed before your window runs out. Letting us get to work sooner will ensure that we are given adequate time to investigate, gather evidence and build your case efficiently so that we are able to win the maximum amount of compensation for you available under law. To learn more about how we can help with your case, call us today to set up a consultation absolutely free of charge.