I haven’t worked with asbestos in years – will I still be able to file a claim?
Even if you haven’t worked with or around asbestos in years, you will likely still be able to file a claim. Your ability to file a claim will not be dependent on how long ago you may have been exposed to asbestos. Asbestos particles can lie dormant in the body for years before they eventually cause a person to develop mesothelioma or another asbestos-related disease. So, while it will be important to determine when and for how long you may have been exposed to asbestos, your eligibility to file a claim actually depends on when you were diagnosed with your condition.
That being said, once you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you only have a limited amount of time to move forward with a claim. This period of time – known as the statute of limitations – is independently determined by each state, but generally runs between one and six years from the date of diagnosis. In Texas, for instance, the statute of limitations is two years after the date of diagnosis. As such, it will be in your best interests to reach out to an attorney as soon after your diagnosis as you are able.
If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you should reach out to an attorney to begin the legal process of pursuing compensation from any of your former employers that may have contributed to your asbestos exposure, however long ago that may have been. To speak with an attorney at Williams Hart about the particulars of your circumstances, please call our offices at (713) 352-7071 today.