If you have been exposed to asbestos and diagnosed with mesothelioma you likely have many questions. Maybe you want to know if you have a case against someone for your injuries. Or you would like to know what the process of making the claim will be like. Most people who find out that they have mesothelioma because of working with asbestos are able to receive compensation. Such compensation is provided for by the company that manufactured or installed the asbestos, an insurance company or the asbestos victims’ trust fund. This is the case even if the original manufacturer has long since gone out of business.
Answers to mesothelioma questions
- How long do I have to sue?
In most cases mesothelioma develops between 10 to 40 years after exposure to asbestos. State laws give people 1-5 years, depending on the state, from the diagnosis or discovery of mesothelioma to file a lawsuit. If a mesothelioma victim has already died their spouse has 1-3years from the date of death to file a wrongful death action. If your deadline is getting close contact a mesothelioma attorney Tampa to file your lawsuit.
2. How long does an asbestos or mesothelioma case take?
Most asbestos cases are settled before they get to trial. Meaning parties agree outside of court to an amount of monetary damages that the mesothelioma victims or survivors will receive. Because of this your case may only take a few months. Only if there’s an easily identifiable defendant with funds to settle the dispute. Most court rules recognize that mesothelioma victims have a short life expectancy and thus fast-track their lawsuits. However, it could still take months to years to complete.
To find out more answers to your mesothelioma questions contact the Vinson Law Office of renowned professionals who specialize in mesothelioma cases.