Should I File an Asbestos Claim in New York?
When a worker contracts mesothelioma, asbestosis, or lung cancer from exposure to asbestos, monetary damages may be recovered should the worker choose to file a claim against the company, or companies, responsible for the exposure. That being said, asbestos cases are complicated. Hiring an attorney with experience with asbestos and mesothelioma cases will help to ensure that an appropriate award is received.
Why an Experienced Asbestos and Mesothelioma Lawyer is Crucial to Obtaining Monetary Compensation
One of the complexities involved in asbestos-related cases is that asbestos exposure takes place over time. As a result, the disease may not appear until years after the exposure. It isn’t uncommon for the signs of illness to appear 10 to 50 years after exposure to asbestos. Unfortunately, the defendants may try to use this broad passage of time against a victim. They often claim that the victim may have contracted the disease through their own lifestyle choices or other means that exclude them from responsibility. An experienced mesothelioma attorney will anticipate defendants’ approach and counter with factual information that will serve to strengthen your case.
What if the Responsible Party is No Longer in Business?
There may be difficulty in locating the responsible parties, as companies may change hands or even cease to exist during the time-frame between the exposure and the diagnosis of disease. However, closed corporations may have set aside trust funds for asbestos victims. An experienced mesothelioma attorney will know how to locate these funds and help you file a successful claim.
How Much Time Do I Have to File an Asbestos Claim in New York?
Another layer of difficulty in asbestos-related cases is the statute of limitations. In New York, a victim has only three years after diagnosis to file a claim. Families have only two years to file suit after a loved one dies of asbestos exposure.
A mesothelioma case is worth pursuing due to the probability of recovering substantial monetary damages. But, it’s imperative to contact an asbestos lawyer as soon as possible to review the facts of your case.
I’m Sick. I’m Not Sure if I’m up for a Long Legal Process.
If you are suffering from mesothelioma or another asbestos-related disease, recovering, and spending time with loved ones are most likely your highest priorities. Our attorneys understand the obstacles you are facing, and we will handle your case without putting undue strain on you or your loved ones. You will decide how much or how little you wish to be involved in the actual proceedings of the case.
After meeting with you to get an overview of your situation, we will begin the process of gathering the medical and employment documents needed to support the facts of your case. We will also conduct interviews with family members, co-workers, and other witnesses who may provide details that support your claim. We will also investigate whether or not the companies involved in your asbestos exposure have established a trust fund to compensate victims who present claims. If they have, our mesothelioma attorneys are skilled at submitting successful claims, and you may receive compensation fairly quickly. If the company does not have a trust, the process will take more time. But rarely does an asbestos case reach trial, as they usually settle out of court prior to the trial date.
I’m Not Sure My Loved One Will Live Long Enough to See the Outcome of a Lawsuit. What Can We Do?
Often, when a victim is in particularly poor health, an asbestos case can be expedited. If there is no urgency, though, it may take months to reach a resolution. It’s not uncommon for the defendant’s counsel to try to prolong the litigation process. However, your attorney will work to prevent that, while allowing you to focus on your health and well-being.
If the plaintiff in an asbestos-related case dies before the case is resolved, the decedent’s family may be able to continue with the action as the plaintiff or file a wrongful death lawsuit to seek compensation for medical bills, funeral costs, loss of income, and emotional suffering.
Have You Been the Victim of Asbestos-Related Illness in New York?
Your best chance of getting the compensation you deserve in a mesothelioma case is to work with an attorney who knows the mechanics and nuances of asbestos claims.
To arrange a free evaluation of your case and explore your legal options, contact Macaluso & Fafinski todaycontact our office by email or calling (800) 762-9300. You can also simply fill out one of our case intake forms. The offices of Macaluso & Fafinski are conveniently located to serve the five-borough area and its residents.