March 8, 2017 | Thornton Law Firm What are my rights? If you are a victim who has been exposed to asbestos and/or contracted mesothelioma, you have certain rights. Whenever an individual has an illness, injury, or condition that resulted from a work-related hazard, that individual is allowed to sue for damages in a personal injury lawsuit. This suit can be brought against a defendant regardless of whether the illness was a direct or indirect consequence of being in the work environment. You may also be able to apply for workers compensation and Social Security Disability benefits. You can file a lawsuit against an asbestos manufacturer or an employer. If you are filing as a victim, your suit will be one of personal injury. If you are suing on behalf of someone who died as a result of asbestos exposure, you will file a wrongful death suit. In either lawsuit, you may seek compensation for the following: Medical costs Lost income Pain and suffering Legal expenses Funeral costs Punitive damages Damage to your marriage/spouse Massachusetts asbestos cases Thornton Law Firm can assist you in determining if your employer knew of the asbestos dangers in your working environment, and exactly who manufactured the asbestos with which you came in contact. We can also help determine what types of compensation you may be eligible for, including medical reimbursement, and file for those same benefits. We file claims in the appropriate jurisdictions for you, including federal court, state court, worker’s compensation, and bankruptcy trust claims. Massachusetts mesothelioma lawsuits When filing a lawsuit against the makers, sellers, or distributors of asbestos products in Massachusetts, your case will be filed either in state and federal court. Mesothelioma and asbestos cases are not filed as class actions. Cases are filed as individual lawsuits in state or federal court, but placed on a consolidated docket so that issues common to Massachusetts mesothelioma asbestos cases can be decided in an efficient and cost-effective manner by the presiding judge. Massachusetts asbestos statute of limitations For a personal injury asbestos suit, the Massachusetts asbestos statute of limitations is three years from the date of diagnosis. For a wrongful death lawsuit, the Massachusetts asbestos statute of limitations is three years from the date of death. Therefore, it is important you bring your case to our attention as soon as possible. We can help Because of the short three-year time frame allowed under the statute of limitations, it is best not to wait when contacting a Massachusetts asbestos attorney. The firm of Thornton Law Firm is ready to act quickly and aggressively on behalf of yourself or a loved one, and make any compensation due to you available as soon as possible. When time is of the essence, choose a Massachusetts asbestos lawyer from our firm for a timely resolution of your case. Give us the opportunity to serve your best legal interests Call 1-888-632-0108 or contact us here to speak for free with a Thornton Law Firm attorney specializing in mesothelioma and asbestos litigation. We look forward to answering any questions you may have after this visit to our website. We are here to help.