Mesothelioma lawsuits must be filed within your state’s statutes of limitations which can vary from one year to five years. In New Jersey and Pennsylvania, the statute of limitations to file a claim is two years. Since asbestos exposure doesn’t manifest into mesothelioma for 10 to 40 years, the clock for filing a complaint doesn’t start until the actual discovery of an asbestos-related illness. For mesothelioma victims that have already passed away, their spouse or other heirs have one to three years following the death to file a wrongful death action. Class actions lawsuits are not available for mesothelioma victims since each case is unique to the individual with respect to medical history and prognosis.
The amount that can be recovered in a mesothelioma lawsuit can vary substantially with some cases resulting in multi-million dollar settlements while others receive much smaller awards. The time it takes to receive a settlement or jury award depends on how quickly and efficiently the evidence can be compiled against an easily identifiable negligent party. In order to ensure that your case is processed in a timely manner, it is necessary to hire an experienced mesothelioma attorney. Claims that cannot be settled out of court and are forced to go to trial may take up to two years or more before the individual receives their compensation. However, cases involving mesothelioma patients are often expedited due to the time sensitivity the individual’s health presents.
Asbestos exposure can cause tremendous strain on an individual’s life both physically and financially. If you or a loved one has fallen ill as the result of exposure of asbestos, trust the mesothelioma attorneys at Brookman, Rosenberg, Brown, & Sandler to identify the source of your illness and ensure you receive the financial settlement you deserve. As soon as you or a loved one are diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease, our dedicated lawyers will help you file your own personal injury claim or lawsuit against former employers, manufacturers, or other responsible parties. To put our experience to work for you today, call our mesothelioma lawyers in New Jersey at 215-569-4000 or fill out our online contact form.