If you have been a victim of asbestos exposure, it's imperative to understand that time is of the essence if you plan to file a claim. The laws pertaining to time limits for filing a mesothelioma complaint can vary from state to state, so it's important to seek advice from an experienced mesothelioma attorney as soon as possible after your diagnosis.

The experienced legal team at Menges Law Firm is here to assist those who suffer from mesothelioma — and their families — by providing aggressive, reputable legal representation that positions you to get the best verdict or settlement possible. With over 50 years' combined experience, our lawyers offer dedicated service and a track record of proven results, all in service of helping you obtain maximum compensation for your condition.

Statute Of Limitations For Asbestos Exposure Complaints

It is crucial to see a mesothelioma attorney as soon as possible to ensure you do not lose your legal right to seek financial compensation. The deadlines for filing a claim can vary by state, so it is important to know which state's laws apply to you and your case. Factors that can determine which state's statute of limitations period applies include:

  • Your current state of residence and the states in which you previously lived
  • The state where the asbestos exposure occurred
  • The state where the company or military base that was responsible for the asbestos exposure is (or was) located or based

At Menges Law Firm, we understand the urgency of staying within the time frame for filing a complaint for an asbestos-related illness like mesothelioma. If these deadlines are not met, it's very possible you may lose your rights for compensation. In addition, it is important to know that some states have special rules for individuals with mesothelioma regarding accelerated trial dates for these types of urgent cases.

Types Of Statute Of Limitations For Mesothelioma Complaints

There are essentially two types of statutes of limitations in mesothelioma cases:

  • Personal injury statutes of limitations — These time limits apply to victims who have recently been diagnosed with mesothelioma. The statutes' countdown can begin as soon as the mesothelioma diagnosis is made.
  • Wrongful death statutes of limitations — These apply to family members of a mesothelioma victim who has died. The statutes' countdown begins as soon as the victim has passed away.

Personal injury and wrongful death statutes of limitations determine how long victims of asbestos exposure and their families have to file a claim and can differ from state to state. Failure to timely file means you could lose your right to claim the money you deserve for pain and suffering, medical expenses, lost wages and more.

Contact us immediately if you have a time-sensitive mesothelioma complaint to ensure you do not lose your opportunity to receive compensation. To schedule a no-cost consultation with a Menges Law Firm attorney, call 618-277-6646 or fill out our online contact form to reach out to our office. From our office in Belleville, we proudly represent clients nationwide, including those in Illinois and Missouri.