While it has been known for many years that exposure to asbestos can cause deadly cancer, you cannot sue an employer or manufacturer for simply exposing you to asbestos—at least, you can’t sue for personal injury damages. If you are eventually diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease, you will then have the right to seek compensation for your illness from the party responsible for your exposure.
The Right Time to File an Asbestos Lawsuit
It can take many years for mesothelioma, asbestosis, or lung cancer to develop after being exposed to asbestos in the workplace or by living with someone who brought home the deadly fibers. Mesothelioma symptoms may not develop for 15 to 70 years after exposure, making it difficult to trace when and where the exposure occurred. However, once you have been diagnosed with an asbestos-related condition, the statute of limitations will begin to run. The amount of time you have to file a lawsuit varies from state to state, but is generally two or three years. In Louisiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, and California, however, you will only have one year from the date of your diagnosis to file a claim.
Be Prepared to Protect Your Health and Your Legal Rights If You’ve Been Exposed to Asbestos
While you may not be able to file a lawsuit immediately after asbestos exposure, there are two important things you can do as soon as you know you have been exposed to asbestos. First, you can talk to your doctor about medical monitoring so that any asbestos-related illness is detected early and treated quickly. Second, you can browse this website and read our free book, Your Guide to Mesothelioma and Your Legal Rights, to learn more about protecting your legal rights if you are diagnosed with mesothelioma or asbestosis.
If you have been diagnosed with one of these diseases, please contact us online or call our office directly at 318.588.303 for a free, no-obligation consultation. We represent clients on a contingency fee basis. That means you won’t owe us any upfront legal fees until and unless your claim is successfully settled. We certainly hope you never develop an asbestos-related health condition. However, if you or a loved one is affected, our law firm is here to help you,no matter where you live.