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Legal Support for Veterans with Mesothelioma

Veteran Legal Support

Throughout most of the twentieth century, asbestos was used in the nation’s shipyards and throughout many other military facilities. Veterans, as well as civilian employees, were consistently exposed to asbestos dust while serving their country. As a result, many of these individuals have paid, or are now paying, with their lives.

Exposure to asbestos can result in the development of a myriad of asbestos-related illnesses, including the aggressive asbestos cancer known as mesothelioma. Veterans have one of the highest rates of mesothelioma in the country. Many veterans believe that they have no legal recourse when it comes to collecting compensation for the losses they suffered due to their illness. While it is true that veterans cannot sue the U.S. government for asbestos exposure, they can indeed bring suit against the manufacturers of the asbestos products used aboard navy ships, at naval shipyards, or anywhere else they may have worked while serving in the military.

A mesothelioma attorney can assist veterans who have been diagnosed with asbestos-related diseases. Because mesothelioma cancer is often diagnosed in the later stages, victims can often find themselves in financial difficulty. There are usually large medical bills to be paid, income to replace, and families to provide for. This can be daunting to the ailing veteran and create unnecessary stress making it that much more difficult to deal with the disease.

All mesothelioma cases are different, but filing a lawsuit against the responsible party/parties can help ease this burden. Finding a lawyer who specializes in asbestos-related lawsuits is important to securing a positive outcome. The right attorney can assist the victim in determining whether or not he/she has a viable legal case. In many instances, these attorneys do not take any money "up front". Rather, they are paid when a successful outcome is achieved. This makes it possible for a victim of asbestos exposure to file a suit even in financially difficult situations. The result of a successful lawsuit is long-term peace of mind for the mesothelioma victim during the remainder of their life and the comfort of knowing that their family will be provided for after they are gone.

Because exposure to asbestos often occurs decades before mesothelioma develops and blame can be hard to place, it takes an experienced asbestos attorney to navigate the legal system to help veterans with mesothelioma. Many independent veterans' organizations can assist in locating an experienced attorney and can guide victims and their families towards a variety of other resources that will make their lives easier as they deal with the results of this disease.

Statutes by State

The following table provides the time limitations as defined by each state’s personal injury and wrongful death statutes. In each state, lawsuits must be filed before the limit has expired.

State Statute Of Limitations Wrongful Death Statute
Alabama 2 Years from Diagnosis 2 Years from Death
Alaska 2 Years from Diagnosis 2 Years from Death
Arizona 2 Years from Diagnosis 2 Years from Death
Arkansas 3 Years from Diagnosis 3 Years from Death
California 1 Year from Diagnosis 1 Year from Death
Colorado 2 Years from Diagnosis 2 Years from Death
Connecticut 3 Years from Diagnosis 3 Years from Death
Delaware 2 Years from Diagnosis 2 Years from Death
Florida 4 Years from Diagnosis 2 Years from Death
Georgia 2 Years from Diagnosis 2 Years from Death
Hawaii 2 Years from Diagnosis 2 Years from Death
Idaho 2 Years from Diagnosis 2 Years from Death
Illinois 2 Years from Diagnosis 2 Years from Death
Indiana 2 Years from Diagnosis 2 Years from Death
Iowa 2 Years from Diagnosis 2 Years from Death
Kansas 2 Years from Diagnosis 2 Years from Death
Kentucky 1 Year from Diagnosis 1 Year from Death
Louisiana 1 Year from Diagnosis 1 Year from Death
Maine 6 Years from Diagnosis 2 Years from Death
Maryland 3 Years from Diagnosis 3 Years from Death
Massachusetts 3 Years from Diagnosis 3 Years from Death
Michigan 3 Years from Diagnosis 3 Years from Death
Minnesota 4 Years from Diagnosis 3 Years from Death
Mississippi 3 Years from Diagnosis 3 Years from Death
Missouri 5 Years from Diagnosis 3 Years from Death
Montana 3 Years from Diagnosis 3 Years from Death
Nebraska 4 Years from Diagnosis 2 Years from Death
Nevada 2 Years from Diagnosis 2 Years from Death
New Hampshire 3 Years from Diagnosis 3 Years from Death
New Jersey 2 Years from Diagnosis 2 Years from Death
New Mexico 3 Years from Diagnosis 3 Years from Death
New York 3 Years from Diagnosis 2 Years from Death
North Carolina 3 Years from Diagnosis 2 Years from Death
North Dakota 6 Years from Diagnosis 2 Years from Death
Ohio 2 Years from Diagnosis 2 Years from Death
Oklahoma 2 Years from Diagnosis 2 Years from Death
Oregon 3 Years from Diagnosis 3 Years from Death
Pennsylvania 2 Years from Diagnosis 2 Years from Death
Rhode Island 3 Years from Diagnosis 3 Years from Death
South Carolina 3 Years from Diagnosis 3 Years from Death
South Dakota 3 Years from Diagnosis 3 Years from Death
Tennessee 1 Year from Diagnosis 1 Year from Death
Texas 2 Years from Diagnosis 2 Years from Death
Utah 3 Years from Diagnosis 2 Years from Death
Vermont 3 Years from Diagnosis 2 Years from Death
Virginia 2 Years from Diagnosis 2 Years from Death
Washington 3 Years from Diagnosis 3 Years from Death
Washington, D.C. 3 Years from Diagnosis 1 Year from Death
West Virginia 2 Years from Diagnosis 2 Years from Death
Wisconsin 3 Years from Diagnosis 3 Years from Death
Wyoming 4 Years from Diagnosis 2 Years from Death

Find Out if a Statute of Limitations Applies to You

If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you can get a free evaluation to discuss which statutes apply to you and how long you have to file a legal action. The evaluation will cost you nothing. Our attorneys will travel to visit you at your convenience. We understand how difficult a time this is for you and will assist in any way that we can. You can also call us toll-free at 1-844-401-4277 to schedule an appointment today.

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