The courts expedite the legal process for people who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or lung cancer. Plaintiffs who have been diagnosed with terminal cancer are placed on what is known as a “rocket docket” and their cases move ahead of other pending lawsuits. Mesothelioma cases are often resolved within two years.

In New York State, the statute of limitations for a mesothelioma personal injury claim requires that you file a claim within three years of the date on which you discovered or should have discovered your illness.  This three-year period begins either from the onset of symptoms associated with mesothelioma or lung cancer or from the date of your diagnosis, whichever comes first.

If a person has died from mesothelioma or lung cancer caused by exposure to asbestos, any wrongful death claims must be filed within two years of the date of death.

New York State imposes strict time limitations on when an action must be filed. Applying the statute of limitations to the facts of a particular case requires a licensed attorney’s professional judgment. If you are wondering whether your case falls within the statute of limitations, please contact us today (link to contact form).

To learn more, watch this video by experienced mesothelioma attorney Michael A. Ponterio as he explains how long an asbestos lawsuit can take.

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Since 1995, the attorneys at Lipsitz, Ponterio & Comerford, LLC have been helping clients in Buffalo, Rochester, and Syracuse, NY, who have been injured due to asbestos exposure. Through our tireless efforts, we have helped to shape and reform asbestos laws throughout the state of New York. We have a full team of lawyers devoted to representing people exposed to asbestos.

If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or lung cancer, please contact us today and we will schedule an appointment to come to your home and meet with you and your family to explain your legal rights.