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.
Treating mesothelioma is expensive, with costs easily running into the hundreds of thousands of dollars or more depending on a patient’s medical needs and length of survival. Mesothelioma is also likely to be diagnosed at a later stage, when treatment can be more extensive and more expensive.
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.