Common Questions and Answers for Mesothelioma Victims
Our experienced attorneys share their thoughts and answer some of the most common questions about mesothelioma legal cases. Here, let Joe Shannon and Pat Cummings draw from their knowledge of the law and lengthy experience to help you understand more about what a mesothelioma diagnosis means for you and your family.
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How Long Do I Have to File a Mesothelioma Claim?
Most personal injury cases have specific timeframes during which an injured person can file a legal claim. Statutes of limitation exist to prevent the threat of litigation after a reasonable amount of time. These statutes can vary depending on the state and the nature of the case.
For those diagnosed with mesothelioma, the timeline can be confusing, as symptoms of the disease and diagnosis often come many years or even decades after the asbestos exposure. Here’s what Illinois mesothelioma victims need to know about filing a legal claim.
Mesothelioma Statutes of Limitations for Illinois Victims
Typically, injury victims must file a legal claim against those responsible for their injuries within a set timeframe. That clock usually starts ticking when the initial incident occurs. A car accident victim’s time would begin on the day of the accident, for example. With mesothelioma, however, it does take time for symptoms to develop, and it is a notoriously difficult diagnosis. As a result, states have made specific rules for mesothelioma victims, in particular, allowing victims’ statutes of limitations that begin at diagnosis and range from one to six years. In Illinois, the statute of limitations is two years. Additionally, surviving family members who wish to pursue a wrongful death case have two years from the date of death.
Given that mesothelioma cases are often based on events that occurred many years prior, there can be some confusion about which statutes are the most relevant. They can be affected by:
- Victim’s current place of residence.
- Victim’s previous place of residence.
- Location where exposure occurred.
- Location of the business or entity responsible for exposure.
An experienced attorney can help mesothelioma victims understand their rights and help them pursue a claim in the most appropriate arena.
Do I Have Enough Time to File a Claim?
For those in Illinois, two years may seem like plenty of time. However, there are many legal actions that must be taken. It can take time to gather evidence, interview witnesses, and prepare and file documents. This can be especially true for those diagnosed with mesothelioma who are not entirely sure where their asbestos exposure occurred or who have little evidence to support their claims. These obstacles can be addressed by an attorney, though it is best to get started as soon as possible.
If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, don’t wait to reach out to an experienced attorney. At Shannon Law Group, P.C., our tenacious legal team is ready to stand up and get the compensation you deserve. Take a moment to fill out our online contact form today, and you’ll receive a prompt response from a member of our team who can schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.
What Should I Do If I Have Been Diagnosed with Mesothelioma?
For most people, the news of a mesothelioma diagnosis is overwhelming. It is an aggressive and invasive disease that is often difficult to diagnose. You may have many questions and concerns for your family. You may not what to do or where to even begin.
At Shannon Law Group, P.C., our attorneys understand what a scary and trying time this can be. Here, we share some helpful information about what you can do to protect yourself and your loved ones.
- Confirm your diagnosis. Mesothelioma can be difficult to diagnose. While some people are already aware of their exposure risks, others are not—and the news can be a shock. Seeking a second opinion can help ensure the proper, accurate diagnosis.
- Decide on a treatment plan. Every mesothelioma diagnosis is as different as the individual patient. With your doctors, craft a treatment plan that will work best for you and your family. Options range from minimal intervention to invasive treatments and new clinical trials.
- Gather any information you may have on your asbestos exposure. Mesothelioma is caused by asbestos exposure. If you are aware you have been exposed, gather any supporting documents or photos that may help prove when and where your exposure occurred. If the diagnosis is surprising, you may not have that information. Simply begin to think about the types of jobs and products you have used in the past that may have led to your disease. Even if you aren’t sure, you still have options.
- Contact an experienced mesothelioma attorney. While it can be difficult to think about a legal battle during such a difficult time, an effective attorney can help ease the burden on your family. Medical treatment is expensive, and many of these cases are the result of the negligence of an employer or landlord who allowed an asbestos exposure. A lawyer can help investigate and prove your asbestos exposure. Then, he will fight for the justice you deserve and the compensation that can ensure your medical care and provide for your family in the future.
At Shannon Law Group, P.C., our attorneys want to help you and your family focus on what’s important. While you undergo your treatment and focus on your health, our legal team can fight to obtain the compensation you deserve. Call our Chicagoland office today at 312-578-9501 to learn more about how we may be able to help.