First, it was the coughing and breathing difficulties, then came the chest pains, night sweats and gradual loss of weight. With these symptoms, you know that something was terribly wrong. A medical appointment confirmed this. Mesothelioma is the diagnosis, and people who come down with this typically fatal cancer that affects the lungs and stomach usually die within two years.
Getting this disease was not your fault. That blame lies with your employer, which consistently had its workers handle asbestos. Now, you must take legal action without any hesitation. The reasons: You likely do not have long to live, and the statute of limitations to file a mesothelioma lawsuit is three years in Washington and Oregon. The time to act is now. And if you die, your family also has three years to file a wrongful death claim.
Deadline based on date of diagnosis
Many workers like you were unaware of the dangers of asbestos. Decades after working with asbestos-containing products such as insulation, ceiling tiles, roofing, siding and fire-proofing products, you were diagnosed with mesothelioma. It all happened because of a negligent employer that allowed you to unknowingly inhale asbestos fibers. Each year, roughly 2,500 Americans die from mesothelioma and an estimated 2,600 new cases are diagnosed.
Deadlines for making mesothelioma-related legal claims are based on two factors: the date of the diagnosis or the date of the person’s death. However, keep in mind, that based on the severity of your condition, deadline extensions are possible.
Another key point to consider is that exposure location and the home base of the negligent company – whether it be your employer or a third-party vendor/supplier – also may affect the applicable statute of limitation laws.
A mesothelioma diagnosis is crushing news for you and your family. You did not know that making a living would actually cut your life short. Pursuing legal action against the negligent parties will not return you to your original health, but it can send a message and allow you to continue to provide for your family.