Virginia mesothelioma lawyers can assist you with understanding your right to compensation for asbestos-related disease.
If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or another asbestos-related disease, you may have a number of options to seek compensation for your injuries. A Virginia mesothelioma lawyer can help.
If I was exposed to asbestos many years ago, is it too late to seek compensation?
Each state has its own time limit (called a statute of limitations) for claims arising from exposure to asbestos-containing products or premises. Importantly, many states also have laws that specifically control when those time limits start running. For example, Virginia law provides:
In actions for injury to the person resulting from exposure to asbestos or products containing asbestos, [the statute of limitations commences] when a diagnosis of asbestosis, interstitial fibrosis, mesothelioma, or other disabling asbestos-related injury or disease is first communicated to the person or his agent by a physician. However, no such action may be brought more than two years after the death of such person.
Therefore, if your physician has communicated to you a diagnosis of asbestosis, interstitial fibrosis, mesothelioma, or other asbestos-related injury or disease, in Virginia, you have two years from the date of that diagnosis to pursue compensation. Moreover, your attorney would need sufficient time in advance of that deadline to research your claim and draft appropriate documents seeking compensation. Consult a Virginia mesothelioma lawyer to find out more.
If I have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or another asbestos-related disease, what are my legal options?
Legal options to seek compensation include litigation (a lawsuit) against companies that manufactured, distributed, or used asbestos-containing products as well as those that maintained buildings or other locations where asbestos was present. In addition, another option is to ask a Virginia mesothelioma lawyer to prepare and submit claims for compensation to various trusts that have been established through the federal bankruptcy process to compensate those injured by companies that exposed individuals to asbestos-containing products and/or premises.
What are the legal fees for pursuing claims arising from exposure to asbestos-containing products and/or premises?
Generally, Virginia mesothelioma lawyers and other lawyers who work on these matters will not charge you up front. Instead, they will ask for a percentage of any recovery plus reimbursement for any money they spent out-of-pocket in pursuing the claims. Most importantly, if you wish to pursue such claims with a lawyer, you should get the fee agreement in writing before you agree to move forward.
I have read a lot about talc lawsuits claiming there was asbestos in these products? Have these claims been successful?
Numerous lawsuits arising from asbestos-containing talc products are still working their way through the courts. If you believe you were harmed by such a product, you may wish to consult a Virginia asbestos lawyer for further guidance.
How can I proceed with exploring my rights further?
Webster Book LLP offers a free consultation for these matters. If you would like to examine whether you have a claim for significant compensation, please fill out the form below or call us at 888-987-9991.