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How long do you have to be exposed to asbestos to be able to file a claim?

Only people who have been exposed to asbestos for at least 3 years in occupational or military settings can file a claim with asbestos trust funds or the VA to receive compensation.

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Significant asbestos exposure is necessary for someone to qualify for filing a claim

While no amount of asbestos is safe for the human body, when it comes to taking legal action, the person needs to have been exposed to asbestos over the course of at least 3 years to qualify for filing a claim with asbestos trust funds or with the VA. Both former industrial workers and veterans are eligible for compensation if they have a history of asbestos exposure and related diagnosis. However, the eligibility criteria require the person to have a history of asbestos exposure of at least 3 years to be able to file a claim. Although people can develop a disease if they have been exposed to asbestos for a shorter period of time, asbestos trust funds and the VA only provide compensation to individuals with 3 or more years of asbestos exposure. Thereby, regardless of your diagnosis, you must have a history of asbestos exposure of at least 3 years for a lawyer to be able to assist you with filing a claim with asbestos trust funds or with the VA.

Our law firm specializes in asbestos exposure cases and will help you recover the compensation you deserve

Since 1990, our attorneys, who specialize in toxic exposure cases, have been pursuing compensation for the victims of asbestos exposure and their family members. We have vast experience and knowledge of the awful health effects of asbestos exposure on human health and will provide you with quality legal assistance in the regrettable event that you developed a disease as a consequence of occupational or military asbestos exposure. Following the initial discussion, during which you will need to thoroughly explain your situation to our attorneys, our legal experts will conduct extensive research to gather the necessary evidence to support your claim, which will be filed with one or multiple asbestos trust funds, depending on the number of employers who exposed you to asbestos, as well as with the VA, if you are a veteran.

Even though the legal process is complex and tedious, your involvement will be minimal, as you will only have to grant your attorney access to your employment or military records and to your medical records, documents that will be used as proof of asbestos exposure and of related diagnosis. It is important to keep in mind that asbestos exposure cases have a statute of limitations of 3 years in the majority of states which, if it expires, you will no longer qualify for compensation. Consequently, it is a good idea to take legal action as soon as you receive your diagnosis. Finally, you should know that our law firm works on a contingency fee basis, which means that you do not have to pay anything unless our attorneys recover compensation for you.

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