Mesothelioma is a rare form of lung cancer caused by the inhalation of asbestos, a mineral that has been used for decades in the shipbuilding, mining, construction and auto manufacturing fields.
Almost a century ago, the medical community reported a link between asbestos exposure and mesothelioma. However, in the interests of profits, and because mesothelioma patients were not symptomatic until 25 to 50 years after their initial contact with asbestos, manufacturers and employers kept silent about the medical link.
The public did not learn about the hazards of working with asbestos until the late 1970s. By then, it was too late for many people who had been exposed. However, it is not too late to come forward now and receive compensation. Over $30 billion has been set aside in trusts to compensate mesothelioma patients and their families. The Tampa Mesothelioma Attorneys at Lieser Skaff Alexander may be able to help you recover compensation for your illness.
Filing a Lawsuit
Mesothelioma patients can file a personal injury lawsuit. If you are a family member of a mesothelioma patient who has passed away from the disease, you can file a wrongful death lawsuit. In either type of lawsuit, the patient’s former employer or the company that made and sold the asbestos product will be sued.
Statute of Limitations
Under Florida law, an asbestos personal injury lawsuit must be filed within four years of the diagnosis. These cases can claim (1) primary asbestos exposure, or direct exposure to asbestos, or (2) secondary asbestos exposure, or exposure to an individual who was directly exposed to asbestos. A wrongful death case must be filed by a deceased patient’s family member within two years of the death.
Proving Asbestos Exposure
The key to receiving compensation is proving that the victim was exposed to asbestos, which could have occurred many years before the diagnosis. Our Tampa mesothelioma attorneys will thoroughly research the employment and medical history of the mesothelioma victim to find evidence of a link between exposure and diagnosis.
Mesothelioma plaintiffs may be able to recover compensation for lost wages, medical expenses, pain and suffering and funeral expenses. Many asbestos companies have filed for bankruptcy, but this should not stop you from suing a company. As stated before, over $30 billion in assets have been placed in mesothelioma lawsuit trusts to compensate potential mesothelioma victims.
Consult the Tampa Mesothelioma Attorneys at Lieser Skaff Alexander
Our goal is to diligently prosecute your lawsuit and recover the compensation you deserve. If you or a family member has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, it’s important to contact our firm as soon as possible, as there is a time limit for filing a mesothelioma lawsuit. Failure to take action within this limit may bar you from recovering compensation for your injuries.