Yes, you may have a claim for your asbestos illness even if you were exposed many years ago. Most lawsuits for injuries must be brought within 8 to 10 years of exposure to the product that caused the injury, however, North Carolina injury law provides asbestos victims with special timing rules because exposures thirty years ago (and longer) frequently cause asbestos diseases. Asbestos claims must be filed within two years from the date your doctor tells you you have an asbestos-related disease. Almost every case involves reconstructing your history of working with asbestos, and to pinpoint which companies made and sold the asbestos products that caused the disease. Our workers' comp lawyers in Raleigh advise it is very important to act promptly in order to preserve your legal rights if you are diagnosed with an asbestos-related condition because the two year legal clock begins running when you knew or should have known that your condition was caused by asbestos exposure.