The process of receiving compensation from lawsuits, insurance or benefits begins with filing a claim, and you must make sure you submit your claim by the applicable filing deadline. The filing deadline depends on the statute of limitations, a law that establishes how much time you have to file your claim after diagnosis of or death caused by an asbestos-related illness. Every state has a different statute of limitations, and in many cases the deadline is easy to miss unless you act promptly upon receiving your diagnosis or beginning treatment.
If you feel like you want to take the next step to file an asbestos claim, you will need to retain the services of an asbestos compensation lawyer or law firm to assist you with the claims process.
While asbestos cases are some of the longest continuous mass torts in the nation’s history, there isn’t an unlimited amount of time allowed to file a case. Asbestos cases are different than other cases in that diseases like mesothelioma can take many years to appear after exposure.
In many cases it is necessary to conduct months of research into a victim’s work history to find the source of the asbestos exposure and the negligent party.
Again before you wade through this information yourself, it would be a good idea to contact a lawyer to help determine the statute of limitations for the case in your state and generally evaluate the individual merits of your case.
Is Legal Representation Necessary?
A law firm that specializes in asbestos claims can help you obtain all the compensation for which you’re eligible. The amount of compensation you may receive can depend not only on the type of asbestos disease involved and the extent of the losses you suffered because of that disease, but also the knowledge, skill and talent of the asbestos compensation lawyer or law firm you retain to represent you.