Mesothelioma Attorneys

Compensation Eligibility

Mesothelioma

A diagnosis of mesothelioma or asbestosis is terrifying for victims and their loved ones. Both diseases are fatal and mesothelioma kills very quickly. If you have been diagnosed with one of these terrible diseases, you are probably wondering how you will pay for care and worried about your family’s financial future. If you have developed mesothelioma, asbestosis, or another asbestos-related illness, you may be entitled to compensation. There are many factors which play a role in determining eligibility for compensation. An experienced mesothelioma attorney can help you determine if you have a case.

Proper Diagnosis

Mesothelioma and asbestosis are often misdiagnosed. If you have a history of asbestos exposure, and have been diagnosed with an illness such as lung cancer or pulmonary fibrosis, talk to your doctor about your asbestos exposure and about getting proper and thorough testing to determine if your illness was caused by asbestos exposure.

Mesothelioma is caused almost exclusively be asbestos exposure, so a mesothelioma diagnosis provides evidence that your illness was directly caused by asbestos. Asbestos can also cause other types of cancer including lung cancer, but it is much more difficult to prove that these cancers were directly caused by asbestos exposure because they can be caused by so many other things.

Asbestosis is type of pulmonary fibrosis caused exclusively by asbestos exposure. If your doctor tells you that you have pulmonary fibrosis which may or may not have been caused by asbestos exposure, demand further testing or see another doctor.

History of Asbestos Exposure

A documented history of asbestos exposure can help you prove eligibility. The majority of mesothelioma victims were exposed on the job. There may already be documentation which shows that your place of employment was known to be a place where workers were regularly exposed to asbestos. Your line of work may also demonstrate a high likelihood of exposure.

If you lived, worked, or went to school in a building that was contaminated with asbestos there may be records to prove that the building as contaminated and where the asbestos products came from.

Statute of Limitations

The statute of limitations is the time limit for filing a lawsuit. Every type of lawsuit has a statute of limitations. In most types of personal injury you have a very short amount of time to take action after you are injured. Because it can take anywhere from 20 to 50 years to develop symptoms of asbestos-related illness after you were exposed, the statute of limitations on asbestos-related cases begins on the day you were diagnosed. You will still have a limited amount of time to file your lawsuit