Mesothelioma is a serious lung cancer that can arise after exposure to asbestos. Asbestos was regularly used to insulate hundreds of thousands of American buildings, so the number of people developing mesothelioma is continuing to grow.
Mesothelioma typically does not develop until decades after the asbestos exposure occurred. As soon as you receive a mesothelioma diagnosis, you need an attorney’s help so you can collect the compensation you deserve. Collecting evidence to file a claim takes time and energy, and having an experienced mesothelioma attorney on your side can help you get financial relief faster.
The link between mesothelioma and lung diseases has been known for years, and sadly, Michigan’s automotive and shipyard sectors may be especially vulnerable. There are special laws governing liability for mesothelioma and other asbestos-related conditions.
In most cases, mesothelioma victims or their family members can file claims for medical expenses and lost wages. However, proving the exposure to asbestos can be challenging. Mesothelioma can be latent for up to 50 years, with symptoms appearing long after the victim stopped working in an asbestos-contaminated job site.
The liable party may include a manufacturing company or the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, but the final payout may come from an insurance company or trust fund. Navigating the process can be tricky, so you need to work with a Michigan mesothelioma lawyer who understands both state and federal law.
In Michigan, the statute of limitations on mesothelioma cases is 3 years from the date of diagnosis which refers to the date the patient is told by a board-certified medical doctor that their condition was caused by asbestos. The diagnosis must be supported by clinical or laboratory findings.
If the victim has passed away and the mesothelioma is not discovered until after their death, then the date of their death becomes the state of the 3-year limit.
Mesothelioma lawsuits need to be filed as quickly as possible once a victim is diagnosed with mesothelioma. Even if you’re unsure how to prove you were exposed to asbestos, a law firm that specializes in asbestos-related diseases can walk you through the process.
Cochran, Kroll & Associates, P.C., has the team you need to handle your asbestos-related claim quickly and with care. Our law office will take care of your claim so you can focus on taking care of your family.
We have experience in a wide range of medical and personal injury lawsuits in and around Ann Arbor, Michigan, and have specialized knowledge of mesothelioma cancer cases. Call us today for a free consultation at (866) 642-4529.
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