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Mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases, such as asbestosis, are entirely preventable.
Asbestos companies could have helped prevent health problems by warning about asbestos hazards.
Instead, they purposely hid the dangers of this deadly fiber. Some recognized that doing so would save them money in terms of compensation paid to sick workers.
But now, individuals harmed by asbestos are using the legal system to hold asbestos companies financially responsible for their reckless disregard of the health and safety of workers and their families.
According to a study conducted by Harvard Medical School, medical bills are responsible for more than 60 percent of personal bankruptcies in the U.S., even though 75 percent of the people in that study had health insurance.
Meanwhile, cancer treatment costs in the U.S. have nearly doubled in the past 20 years and Americans diagnosed with cancer are more than two-and-a-half times more likely to declare bankruptcy than those without cancer.
In short, a lawsuit against the asbestos company responsible for your exposure may be the only way to deal with mesothelioma costs and ensure that your family isn’t shackled with medical debt for years to come.
To learn more about asbestos company lawsuits and your legal options, please contact us.
The Cost of Mesothelioma Treatment
The high costs of U.S. medical care is the subject of frequent debate and consternation. Even for a minor ailment, medical costs can quickly escalate well beyond initial estimates.
For a complex, aggressive, and incurable disease like mesothelioma—one that may require the services of several specialized doctors, multimodality treatment, and caregiver support—typical cost estimates begin high and often only get higher.
- Diagnostic imaging tests, including X-rays, CT scan and PET scan
- Checkups and hospital stays involving a diverse medical team
- Biopsy procedures and laboratory testing
- Caregiver or assisted living facility support
- Chemotherapy and radiation
- Lost wages
- Travel expenses to care facilities
- Child care
- Costs to families
- Physical and emotional pain and suffering and associated loss of quality of life
Because mesothelioma is a rare cancer in the general population, there is little data on how much this disease costs per patient. Lung cancer, requiring care comparable to that for malignant pleural mesothelioma, provides a reference point as it is the most common form of the disease.
The National Cancer Institute reports that lung cancer costs, on average, more than $60,000 in the first year alone.
Another estimate, published in the journal Lung Cancer, put the per month initial treatment phase costs of lung cancer patients as high as $26,000, with mean monthly patient costs of $8,941.
Finding the best mesothelioma specialist is critical to your health and well-being. As you pursue a claim against the companies that harmed you, finding a qualified mesothelioma lawyer is just as important.
Victims of mesothelioma and other asbestos diseases may be eligible for money to help them deal with the economic costs (such as testing, hospitalization, and lost wages) as well as the non-economic costs (things like pain and suffering) of their illness. Asbestos victims’ families are also eligible to file lawsuits against asbestos companies and seek compensation for losses and pain caused by the death of a loved one.
Types of Compensation – Asbestos Trust Funds & Federal Disability Compensation
For both types of claimants, the path to recovering lawsuit money has been somewhat simplified by the establishment of asbestos trust funds by dozens of major asbestos companies. These funds contain nearly $40 billion that is reserved solely for asbestos claimants and a growing number of settlement trusts are being established. Lawsuit recoveries are also possible from companies that have not established an asbestos trust fund. Veterans may qualify for federal disability compensation for service-connected asbestos disease. To learn more about trust funds and other types of compensation, please contact us.
Get Legal Help From Expert Mesothelioma Lawyers
While lawsuit and other funds are available to pay for your asbestos-related losses, asbestos cases are complex and financial recovery is not guaranteed. In order to prevail, you must be able to prove that your past asbestos exposure caused your disease and that the disease in turn caused you losses.
This entails assembling an airtight case that leaves no doubt that an asbestos company is liable. The details of your exposure, including where and how it happened and which company supplied the asbestos, must be meticulously documented.
Only specialized law firms with attorneys highly experienced in the area of asbestos litigation are qualified to handle these nuanced cases.
Such a firm will:
Most reputable firms work on what’s known as a “contingency” basis, meaning that you pay nothing unless you win your case. Firms should also offer a free consultation, at which time you can assess not only legal credentials, but also the level of customer service.
Keep in mind that many cases take up to a year to resolve—a year that in all likelihood will be accompanied by hardship, uncertainty, and stress. You’ll probably have many questions and concerns, so it’s important to choose a firm that is attentive to, and respectful of, you and your family.
A successful asbestos litigation firm, in short, provides more than legal assistance. It offers peace of mind through the entirety of the claims process. Due to the time sensitivity of asbestos personal injury claims, you should not delay in seeking legal advice for mesothelioma, lung cancer, asbestosis, or another asbestos-related disease.
If you need legal help, or have specific questions about the claims process, please contact us.