In the 1990s, a lot of people were diagnosed with a progressive and terminal type of cancer called mesothelioma. It was caused by exposure to asbestos. Most of the plaintiffs were people who had worked in an industry that handled the dangerous material.
When people first started being diagnosed with the disease, doctors weren’t sure what was causing it. They just knew it was almost impossible to treat. No matter what treatments they tried, patients diagnosed with mesothelioma rarely survived more than a year.
Finally, experts made the connection between asbestos and mesothelioma. When they first realized asbestos was so toxic, they came up with a game plan. They started tearing asbestos out of all public buildings. They made sure no schools, hospitals and apartment buildings had asbestos in their buildings.
The problem was, somebody had to do this removal work. These people were exposed to asbestos, even while wearing protective gear. Many of them ended up with cancer.
Other industries continued to use asbestos in their products. They thought since it a different form and variety of the chemical, it wouldn’t make people sick. For example, people who worked in the dental industry were still exposed to the toxin.
Although most people who were going to be diagnosed with mesothelioma from asbestos have already passed away, that doesn’t mean it has gone away. There are still plenty of people who are diagnosed with the disease every year.
How Long Do You Have to File a Mesothelioma Claim?
For most injuries, it’s easy to know when the statute of limitations starts running. For example, most states give you three (3) years to file a personal injury lawsuit. It’s usually a little longer for wrongful death.
So, if you or a loved one have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, how long do you have to file your claim? Most states give you anywhere from one to four years to do this. However, you don’t want to wait too long.
Sadly, most people diagnosed with mesothelioma don’t live beyond a year. Even with treatment, the prognosis is not very good. In order to have a solid case in mass torts, you’re going to need proof that you were injured. It’s not enough that your loved one is sick or has passed away.
As soon as you’re diagnosed with the disease, you need to talk to one of our mass tort lawyers. There’s no guarantee that your cancer was caused by asbestos. However, given the history of the disease, it’s more than likely that asbestos is the cause.
Our mass tort lawyers in D.C. or Los Angeles can review your case and see who you may have a claim against.
How Do Mass Tort Lawyers File Your Claim?
Once you’re diagnosed with mesothelioma, you need to decide you is responsible for your injury. If you worked in a field that involved asbestos, you may have a claim against them. Or, you may have a claim against the manufacturer of asbestos products.
When it was first discovered that asbestos-caused cancer, there were a ton of plaintiffs. Because of this, the cases were filed as mass tort cases. A mass tort case is one where a bunch of plaintiffs come together and file one single lawsuit.
Now that it’s been over twenty years since these cases came to the surface, most mesothelioma cases are being filed as personal injury suits. Your lawyer can file an individual lawsuit on your behalf. He’ll file this suit against any parties who may be responsible for your illness.
Call and Speak with Our Mass Tort Lawyers Today
If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you need to call the mass tort lawyers at Dalimonte Rueb Stoller today. You want to make sure you file your claim within the statute of limitations. You also have to realize that your loved one may not be around long enough to withstand a drawn-out lawsuit.
Cal and schedule your free initial consultation with one of our mass tort lawyers today. He can sit down with you and review your case. He can let you know if you have a valid claim, and can also let you know what your case may be worth.
The initial consultation is absolutely free and you pay nothing until you settle your case.