When the laws surrounding injury liability were first developing, lawmakers envisioned cases where a person is hurt in concrete ways, such as a car accident or an occupational injury like a back injury or bad fall, and then pursues a damage claim.
To provide a measure of certainty and stability, a one year statute of limitations was created, so that the victim of such an injury had a window in which they could pursue damages, and the person or company who was responsible couldn’t be harassed with the ongoing threat of litigation for years after an accident.
In the modern context, we understand a lot more about the types of injuries that people can sustain and the length of time between exposure to a poison like asbestos and the development of the diseases it causes.
Many, many workers spent the early parts of their careers chronically inhaling microscopic asbestos fibers, but the resulting injuries, like asbestosis and mesothelioma, may not have presented for years or decades.
To accommodate this knowledge and fact pattern, courts today understand that the statute of limitations clock on injuries like mesothelioma properly begins at the time the disease is diagnosed.
That means that if you’ve developed mesothelioma in New Orleans, you have one year from the date of your diagnosis to file a claim.
When you work with the experienced New Orleans mesothelioma lawyers at The Gertler Law Firm, you can trust that your case will the get the attention and urgency it deserves.
We comb through employment records, tax records, and other databases to reconstruct your work history to show where and when you experienced asbestos exposure, and hold the parties responsible for it accountable.
If you’ve been diagnosed with mesothelioma in New Orleans, call 504-581-6411 today to talk to an experienced mesothelioma injury attorney for free.