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At HendlerLaw our first priority is to help you recover the compensation you deserve for having to live with a mesothelioma diagnosis. We have developed the following Legal Process FAQs as a guide to help you navigate the legal process with less confusion.

Mesothelioma Legal Advice

When you've received a mesothelioma diagnosis, you may have many questions. You should feel perfectly comfortable asking an asbestos attorney any question that comes to mind. And remember, if you have mesothelioma you should seek mesothelioma legal advice as soon as possible after you are diagnosed. Here are some legal process FAQs—a list of frequently asked questions and answers designed to help you feel comfortable asking anything you want to know.

1. Is there a limit on how long I have to file an asbestos lawsuit?

Yes, there are statutes of limitations in most states that can range from 1 to 4 years after your diagnosis. Read more at Legal Deadlines.

2. I just heard about the idea of asbestos lawsuits. My husband died from mesothelioma a while ago. Can I still file?

You may be eligible to file a lawsuit depending on the facts of the situation and the statute of limitations in the court in which you need to file. See answer to question #1.

3. How long does an asbestos lawsuit take?

Some compensation may be awarded within the first year, but mesothelioma settlements often take place just before the case goes to trial. Your case is unique and the time it takes will depend on multiple factors—from where and how your injury occurred, to where you are filing the case, how crowded the court calendar is, and how quickly your court moves cases to trial. At HendlerLaw we make sure your case is conducted with as much efficiency as possible.

4. How much compensation might I receive?

Many asbestos-exposure victims and their families receive up to hundreds of thousands—some even millions—of dollars in compensation. Your specific situation depends on many factors like how much evidence is available, the type of illness, and the skills of the mesothelioma attorney you work with.

5. I don't know when I might have been exposed to asbestos, but my doctor has told me I have mesothelioma. Should I seek compensation?

Almost all cases of mesothelioma are due to asbestos exposure. Part of your attorney's work in an asbestos lawsuit involves reviewing your life and work history to evaluate where and when you may have had this exposure, including your having worked with or used products that contained asbestos. An experienced mesothelioma attorney knows exactly the kinds of questions to ask to get a complete background—and your free case evaluation will cost you nothing if no filing is recommended.

6. Quite a while ago I was told I had asbestosis, and I successfully pursued an asbestos lawsuit. Now I've been diagnosed with mesothelioma. Can I receive additional compensation for having developed this cancer?

You may be able to receive additional compensation for mesothelioma or other lung cancer. Asbestosis normally occurs long before mesothelioma would develop. Whether you can be successful with an additional asbestos lawsuit depends on the laws of your state, the facts of your case, and the skill of your mesothelioma attorney. Give us a call at HendlerLaw 800.443.6353 as we are very familiar with the limitations and conditions in such states as Texas and Florida that do allow victims to recover for more than one asbestos-related disease.

7. What's my chance of success?

The specific conditions of your case will determine your chances of success. But with the right attorney evaluating your case and offering you mesothelioma legal advice based on years of experience pursuing successful asbestos lawsuits, your chances of recovering compensation are very good.

8. How do I go about choosing a mesothelioma attorney?

There are many ways you can decide on an attorney who will give you the best possible mesothelioma legal advice. Consider the personal relationship you feel with the person, first. Second, review credentials, check for experience with asbestos lawsuits, and make sure your attorney has both trial experience and negotiation experience. Both are critical to getting you the best compensation possible. See more at Choosing a Mesothelioma Attorney.

Advice on Asbestos Legal Issues

Mesothelioma patients and their families have relied on HendlerLaw for advice on asbestos legal issues for over fifteen years. Our lawyers have represented mesothelioma patients and their families throughout the United States, including Alabama, Arizona, California, Illinois, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Washington State and Wisconsin.

Please contact us if you have questions or need more information about our Legal Process FAQs. HendlerLaw provides help, advice and justice for individuals diagnosed with malignant pleural and other types of mesothelioma. Call us 24 hours a day at 1.800.443.6353 or email us at