Mesothelioma victims face difficult challenges. Not only must they fight a disease that is known to be aggressive and deadly, but they also have to ensure they have the proper funding to pay for it all. While they’re doing that, they can’t help but worry about their family, their household and the future. It’s a heavy burden.
Our Patient Advocates can help lighten the load. While we can’t help you fight the disease, we can answer your questions and help you find the right doctors for your battle. We can’t pay for the treatment, but we can help you get the funding . We offer information, support and security in a time of uncertainty.
The decision to seek funds for mesothelioma treatment may be difficult. You may not want to seem like one of those people who jumps at a lawsuit or files financial claims. But if ever you needed help, now is the time. Even with health insurance, mesothelioma treatment is expensive. In addition to the healthcare costs, there’s travel expenses, medications, time off work and distress put on you and your family.
What kind of financial help can I get for mesothelioma?
For the mesothelioma sufferer and family members, there are a number of different places to turn to for financial assistance. In all of the cases, it is most helpful to seek the services of a qualified attorney.
Each state has its own laws and regulations regarding mesothelioma and workers’ comp. Some states automatically consider mesothelioma to be a work-related injury, while others do not. While worker’s comp may be the best choice for a minor work-related injury, it may not be best for a mesothelioma claim. Often, the financial assistance that goes along with worker’s comp isn’t enough to sustain a family.
When the truth came out about the dangers of asbestos years ago, injured workers began filing lawsuits and at-fault companies started filing for bankruptcy protection. In response, the courts required these companies to set aside billions of dollars for injured workers. To file a claim against a trust, the asbestos exposure and resulting injury must be documented. Attorneys and trustees review the claim and authorize a settlement based on the injuries.
Like any court case, filing a mesothelioma claim is a stepwise process. It requires discovery, depositions, possible settlement talks and a trial. Often, mesothelioma victims have a difficult time identifying the single source of exposure so many companies are named in the lawsuit. Depending on the case, the at-fault company can be sued for personal injury or wrongful death.
Veterans are a class among themselves when it comes to mesothelioma claims. Under law, veterans are not able to sue the federal government for injuries sustained while serving. Instead, they must file claims under the Department of Veteran’s Affairs. Some also choose to sue the individual asbestos manufacturers.
No matter what path is pursued for financial and legal assistance for a mesothelioma injury, the best place to start is with a skilled mesothelioma attorney.
American Cancer Society. What is Malignant Mesothelioma? Retrieved from http://www.cancer.org/cancer/malignantmesothelioma/detailedguide/malignant-mesothelioma-malignant-mesothelioma