Asbestos FAQ Guide
If you or a member of your family has been diagnosed with an asbestos related disease, you will want to contact an attorney for legal advice. The following asbestos legal FAQ can help answer some of your questions related to asbestos lawsuits.
1. If I am exposed to asbestos should I contact an attorney to file a lawsuit? No, not everyone who is exposed to asbestos will develop an asbestos related disease. If you know or think you have been exposed to asbestos you should notify your physician, who will closely monitor your health. It is not advisable to file a lawsuit until you have actually been diagnosed with a disease or have symptoms related to asbestos exposure.
2. I have been diagnosed with mesothelioma. How soon should I contact an attorney? Once you have been diagnosed with any asbestos related disease, you should contact an attorney immediately. Most states have a statute of limitations that restricts the time frame you have to file a lawsuit. The statute of limitations begins once you become ill or are diagnosed with a disease. Diseases caused by asbestos have a long latency period that is not considered when calculating the statute of limitations.
3. If I am ill and unable to work, how much in attorney fees will I be expected to pay? Almost all lawyers who accept these type of cases work on a contingency fee. Their pay is an agreed upon percentage of the amount you receive. If you do not receive any type of compensation, you will not be required to pay a fee to your attorney.
4. My husband/wife died from mesothelioma. Am I entitled to some type of settlement? If a close family member has died from mesothelioma, you should contact an attorney as soon as possible. You may be eligible to file a wrongful death suit but only if you are within the time limits that apply to your state. There are also laws regarding who can file on behalf of a family member.
5. I was exposed to asbestos over 25 years ago. The manufacturer has since filed for bankruptcy and is no longer in business. Can I still file a lawsuit? You cannot file a lawsuit directly against the company. However, you may be able to receive compensation from an asbestos bankruptcy trust. Asbestos bankruptcy trusts were organized to pay claims for companies that have since gone bankrupt.
For additional asbestos legal FAQ, contact a qualified attorney to assist you.
Jeff Lakie is the founder of Asbestos Resources a website providing information on asbestos