If you have been diagnosed with asbestos-related mesothelioma, chances are you have a lot of questions. Should you contact a lawyer? Are you eligible for compensation? Is it too late to take legal action for an exposure that could have happened several years ago? In order to help you understand more about your legal options after a diagnosis, we have put together a list of frequently asked questions. For additional questions and further information, we encourage you to contact a Beaumont personal injury lawyer at The Daspit Law Firm. We would be happy to help.
When should I contact a personal injury lawyer?
If you have been told that you have asbestos-related mesothelioma, or you have a family member who has received a diagnosis, you should immediately contact an attorney who handles asbestos and mesothelioma litigation to talk about your rights to pursue justice. The reason that it is important to contact a lawyer as soon as possible is because Texas has a statute of limitations for these types of cases, which means that if you wait too long, you may lose your right to legal action. In Texas, mesothelioma victims typically have two years from the date of their diagnosis to file a claim. In order to know if you have a claim, do not delay in speaking with an attorney who can investigate your potential case and inform you of your eligibility.
What if I don’t know where or how I was exposed to asbestos?
Working with an attorney can help! You lawyer can review your personal history with you to determine when you may have originally been exposed to asbestos, including during the course of your employment, schooling, or military service. Your attorney can then compare this information against a list of known asbestos exposure sites.
I’ve never worked for an asbestos company before – how did I get mesothelioma?
You don’t have to work at an asbestos company in order to be exposed to the substance. Exposure can happen in all sorts of ways you wouldn’t expect, including being near naturally occurring asbestos deposits or nearby manufacturing or mining facilities. Asbestos may even be present in older buildings, including your home. People may also develop mesothelioma through second-hand asbestos exposure if they frequently spend time around or handle the clothing of a person with regular exposure.
How much compensation am I entitled to?
Because each case is different, it is impossible to say exactly how much any given case is worth at the outset. There are a number of factors that determine how much compensation you may be eligible to receive, including your current age, your age at exposure, the amount of pain and suffering you have endured, and many other factors. The final amount of compensation will also take into account things like the wages you have lost as a result of not being able to work, the amount of your medical bills, any travel-related expenses, and more. You should gather together all of your bills, statements, receipts, and any other documentation related to your diagnosis in order to ensure that you receive the fair compensation you are due to cover all of your losses.
To learn more about how a Beaumont mesothelioma attorney can help you, please contact The Daspit Law Firm to schedule a free case evaluation: (888) 568-7176.