What To Do When The Cause Of Your Mesothelioma Diagnosis Is Unknown
A mesothelioma diagnosis usually comes as a shock. No one expects to be diagnosed with mesothelioma. This is especially true when considering that a diagnosis typically comes decades after exposure to asbestos.
Mesothelioma has a long latency period – 20 to 50 years, on average. Exposure to asbestos 50 years ago could result in a mesothelioma diagnosis today.
Certain individuals are at a higher risk for developing mesothelioma. People who worked in industries where asbestos exposure occurred, for example, are more likely to develop mesothelioma than those who did not.
But not all people diagnosed with mesothelioma were exposed to asbestos at work. In some cases, victims may have no known contact with asbestos.
Mesothelioma Diagnosis With Unknown Exposure: Steps To Take
If you were recently diagnosed with mesothelioma and you do not know when you were exposed, here are a few things to keep in mind:
- Talk to an attorney: It is advisable to speak to a mesothelioma attorney as soon as possible. An experienced attorney can help you identify when you may have been exposed and help build your case. There may be potential sources of asbestos exposure in your geographic area that you are not aware of – or you may have used an asbestos-containing product in the past.
- Do not delay: Mesothelioma cases are time sensitive. In most states, there is a statute of limitations in place that dictates how long an individual has to file a lawsuit. It is advisable to take immediate action after you or a loved one has been diagnosed.
Don’t let the fear and uncertainty of a mesothelioma diagnosis keep you from getting the support you need. The attorneys at Richardson, Patrick, Westbrook & Brickman, LLC, can review your case and help you determine your legal options.
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