When Is the Most Appropriate Time to File a Claim with Asbestos Trust Funds?

by Channika DeSilva Gonzalez on January 22, 2018

Taking legal action as soon as you have a diagnosis is highly recommended, as asbestos exposure cases have a statute of limitations, which restricts the time you have to file a claim.

Why wait?

Depending on the statute of limitations effective in your state, you can file a claim with asbestos trust funds within one to six years from the date of your diagnosis. Since preparing asbestos claims for submission is a complex endeavor even for the most skilful attorney, as there are numerous aspects which need to be carefully assessed and taken care of, we strongly advise you to initiate the legal process as soon as you receive your asbestos-related diagnosis. Postponing is one of the biggest mistakes someone can make when it comes to seeking compensation for injuries stemming from asbestos exposure and it is often the reason why people are unable to recover the money they are eligible for.

The average amount of time a victim of asbestos exposure has to file a claim with asbestos trust funds is 12-48 months from the moment of diagnosis. However, the statute of limitations is as short a one year in states like California, Kentucky, and Tennessee. Therefore, it is crucial to start considering your legal options immediately after you are diagnosed. The sooner you take legal action, the more chances to recover proper compensation you have, as your lawyer will have sufficient time to thoroughly prepare your asbestos claim and collect the evidence which must accompany it.

Even if you think you have a lot of time to file a claim, you should do it sooner rather than later. It is highly recommended to talk directly to a lawyer specialized in asbestos litigation instead of relying on the information you already know, as the statute of limitations is subject to change and if your case is particularly difficult, preparing the asbestos claim for submission will take considerably longer. Our lawyers, who have been assisting victims of asbestos exposure for the past three decades, will review your work history, determine how you came in contact with the carcinogen, and present you with the most suitable legal options for your case. Please feel free to contact us at 205.328.9200 and we will gladly help you recover the compensation you deserve.