The suffering associated with mesothelioma can be extensive for victims and their families. Victims and families dealing with the physical, financial and emotional aspects of this devastating illness may wonder if there is a limit to when they can file a claim for damages. For that reason, they should be familiar with the time limits for filing a mesothelioma lawsuit.
Time limits for filing a mesothelioma lawsuit
There are important time limits associated with bringing a claim for damages following a mesothelioma diagnosis or death. In Washington State, victims and their families have 3 years from the date of diagnosis to bring a claim for personal injuries or wrongful death based on a mesothelioma diagnosis.
In legal terms, this is referred to as a statute of limitation. Statutes of limitation provide time limits for bringing claims that must be followed or the option to bring a claim for damages is lost.
If a claim is brought in time, victims and their families may be able to receive compensation for their physical, financial and emotional suffering as well as the loss that they suffered. This can include compensation for the loss of support and services, loss of companionship, funeral and other expenses.
Mesothelioma is a debilitating and often fatal illness and can cause countless suffering to everyone involved. If you have received a mesothelioma diagnosis, it is important for you and your family to understand your rights as well as the time limits associated with those legal resources for relief.