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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.

answered by Channika DeSilva Gonzalez

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 provides 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.

Asbestos exposure in work settings leads to high-dose exposure levels

If you’ve been exposed to asbestos, it’s important to assess the amount of your exposure. In order to make a fair and just financial recovery, you are going to need both evidence and persuasive arguments.

Numerous studies of workers exposed to asbestos in occupational settings suggest that not all people exposed to the same doses of asbestos are affected equally. If you had a short term, brief exposure to asbestos dust, your risk of a resulting disease is probably low.

If you have been exposed to large amounts of asbestos over a prolonged period, you may be at increased risk of certain cancers or other life-threatening diseases. Blue-collar workers and military service members have the highest risk of asbestos exposure.

Our law firm can 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.

General eligibility requirements for pursuing compensation:

  • A confirmed medical diagnosis of an asbestos-related condition
  • A history of heavy, frequent occupational exposure
  • Being within the statute of limitations

The statute of limitations for asbestos claims varies depending on the type of claim filed and where the claim is being filed. Most states have an asbestos claim statute of limitations that fall between one or three years.

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