When someone is diagnosed with mesothelioma, they undoubtedly have a lot of thoughts racing through their mind. However, all those thoughts usually come back to 1 central question: “What can I do to stay alive?”
If you have mesothelioma, or you know someone who does, the answer may surprise you: Speak with an attorney about filing a lawsuit as soon as possible.
It’s Not About Winning a Case—It’s About Saving a Life
Mesothelioma victims and their families aren’t usually concerned about taking any type of legal action—at least at the beginning of the journey. They feel, and rightfully so, that the focus should be on treatment, healing, and doing everything possible to stop this disease in its tracks.
Mesothelioma is an aggressive cancer, which means time is not on the patient’s side.
Patients need to find the best specialists in the country, and they need to get appointments immediately to begin treatment. However, the sad reality is that the best doctors are not always local, and traveling to the top physicians costs money.
Insurance may not cover all medical treatments, and there is the additional burden of paying for transportation (flights, rental cars, trains, etc.), lodging, food, and money lost due to time out of work. According to a new study released by the Washington National Institute for Wellness Solutions, 65% of America’s middle-income cancer survivors say they did not have sufficient household income to cover treatment-related expenses and incurred debt as a result.
Some Mesothelioma Patients May Be Eligible for Financial Help
Mesothelioma patients and their families have a unique opportunity to possibly receive financial compensation that can help offset the costs of treatment. Why?
Because many companies manufactured and distributed asbestos-containing products, even after learning that they were dangerous. Some of these companies purposely hid this information from the public, the government, and the U.S. military. Due to the greed and carelessness of these companies, countless Americans were exposed to asbestos, and some went on to develop mesothelioma or other asbestos-related diseases.
Once this sad truth was discovered, the courts ordered certain companies to put money into trusts that would pay the victims and their families who were impacted by the asbestos-containing products. To date, approximately $30 Billion has been placed into these trusts.
When you work with a mesothelioma attorney, he or she will work quickly to file a claim against a trust so that you do not have to go through a lengthy trial to receive compensation. Not all mesothelioma patients or family members will be eligible for compensation, but it is certainly worth going through the free consultation with a law firm to see if that option is available to your family.
Learn more about taking legal action by visiting our page about legal help.