What Is the Statute of Limitations for Mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma attorneys in Pennsylvania work with patients who were exposed to asbestos in their employment, many years prior to the diagnosis of their illness. Mesothelioma often affects the lining of the lungs and sometimes affects the abdomen, colon, esophagus, stomach and rectum. It is typically diagnosed decades after exposure.
If you or a loved one suffers from a disease such as mesothelioma, the first thing to do is take charge. Follow doctor’s orders ― but shortly after receiving a diagnosis, you need to contact a New Jersey mesothelioma law firm. Why so quickly? Timing matters:
- Pennsylvania’s statute of limitations is two years from the date that mesothelioma or any other asbestos-caused disease is discovered.
- The New Jersey statute of limitations is two years from the date that any particular asbestos-caused disease is discovered. This means the statute of limitations can vary, as the same patient may discover he has asbestosis at one juncture, then mesothelioma at another point. As long as the suit is filed within two years of the latter discovery, the patient is within the statute of limitations.
- The Division of Federal Employees’ Compensation has no such limitations on when to make a claim.
According to Mesothelioma.us, the treatment costs to individuals affected by the disease can be significant, some or all of which may fall on them if they lack good health insurance. Those costs can range from $150,000 to more than $1 million.
Regardless of where you were exposed to asbestos, you should contact an attorney near where you live. In Pennsylvania and New Jersey, call the firm of Nass Cancelliere Brenner., a Philadelphia firm with additional offices in Media, Pennsylvania and Westmont, New Jersey.