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Mesothelioma patients and their families may have to spend tens of thousands of dollars on treatment for this debilitating cancer. Many mesothelioma patients face mounting bills from surgeries, hospital stays, chemotherapy, radiation, and other medical procedures and tests, as well as the expense of paying for assisted living facilities or caregivers.
However, patients and their families should know that they have several options for pursuing compensation for mesothelioma. Because asbestos is the only known cause of this type of cancer, companies that manufactured or distributed asbestos products can be held responsible for the harm they have caused you. In addition, you can apply for government disability benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs or the Social Security Administration.
Options for Pursuing Mesothelioma Compensation
When exploring your options for mesothelioma compensation, your lawyer should start by discussing your work history or your military service history. A skilled mesothelioma attorney will conduct a thorough investigation to identify exactly which asbestos companies can be held responsible for your diagnosis.
It is important to understand that you will likely not be suing your former employer (or the military). Instead, mesothelioma compensation payouts come from the companies that manufactured and sold products containing asbestos. In addition, your attorney may identify several options for seeking compensation, such as:
Filing Claims with Asbestos Bankruptcy Funds
In an effort to protect mesothelioma patients, federal law requires asbestos companies that file for bankruptcy to put aside money in special trust funds.
Filing a claim for compensation from an asbestos trust fund is different from filing a lawsuit. However, your lawyer may still need to identify and provide proof of which asbestos products you were exposed to at work or home. They will do all the work to protect you and your family.
Filing a Mesothelioma Lawsuit
Many of the companies that manufactured and sold asbestos products are still in business and can be sued in court.
Sometimes, a settlement can occur after a lawsuit has been filed, even at the very last minute before a verdict is read or a judgment is made.
Obtaining VA Benefits
Many people who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma were exposed to asbestos during their time in the armed forces. Navy veterans, in particular, are at a higher risk for developing the disease due to the prevalence of asbestos on ships and in shipyards.
If you have mesothelioma and were exposed while in the military, you may be eligible for monthly benefits. We will help you file a claim with the Veterans Administration.
Filing for Social Security Disability Benefits
If you are diagnosed with mesothelioma before you reach retirement age, you can claim Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. Although the Social Security Administration recognizes that mesothelioma is a debilitating disease, you will still need to provide detailed proof of your medical condition in order to obtain benefits.
A knowledgeable mesothelioma attorney can help you gather the necessary documentation for an SSDI claim, as well as represent you in an appeal if your initial claim has been denied.
A workers compensation claim may also be filed on your behalf.
Every person’s circumstances are different, and you may end up pursuing compensation from a combination of sources. For example, your attorney may file a claim through an asbestos trust fund while negotiating a settlement with another asbestos company. At the same time, your attorney may help you file for VA benefits or SSDI benefits.