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Is there a statute of limitations on mesothelioma cases?

Statutes of limitations exist for most types of legal proceeding. Because cases where evidence is very old are hard to prove, these statutes prevent unprovable cases from clogging up the courts and encourage plaintiffs to act quickly.

This rule holds true of mesothelioma lawsuits. But because mesothelioma can develop decades after a person was exposed to asbestos, it wouldn’t work to mandate that they can sue their employer only within a certain time frame. Rather, statutes of limitations apply to the date a patient was diagnosed. In the case of wrongful death, a victim’s family must initiate legal proceedings a certain amount of time after their death.

Is there a statute of limitations on mesothelioma cases?

In the US, statutes of limitation vary slightly from state to state. For a personal injury lawsuit against a former employer, A person might typically have to file within two to three years, sometimes up to six. For wrongful death suits filed by family members, the deadline is typically one to three years.

Meeting such deadlines can be challenging because potential plaintiffs have to navigate an unfamiliar legal system and gather relevant facts of their case within a relatively short amount of time. For loved ones of a mesothelioma victim, the challenge is even greater because they may not know all the details of the person’s employment and life history. Consulting a lawyer who’s skilled in mesothelioma lawsuits can greatly reduce this challenge.

Is there a statute of limitations on mesothelioma cases?

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