Mesothelioma Compensation Options
Having cancer can become very expensive. In fact, the average cost of a drug treatment could be well over $100,000. This doesn’t take into account the daily medical expenses. However, there is mesothelioma compensation options patients and their families could receive.
There are different forms of mesothelioma. The most common form of mesothelioma is pleural mesothelioma. This cancer develops in the lining of the lungs. Also, it accounts for around 75% of all mesothelioma cases. Symptoms of pleural mesothelioma often affect breathing and the thoracic cavity(chest), and they can often be taken for problems related to other diseases, such as pneumonia, flu, or even lung cancer.
Different Ways to Receive Mesothelioma Compensation
Mesothelioma compensation exists from various avenues to help cover expensive medical bills, make up for lost income, and for the pain and suffering.
Asbestos Trust Funds
There are asbestos bankruptcy funds to help mesothelioma victims. When an asbestos company goes bankrupt from legal proceedings, the company must set up an asbestos trust fund. This fund ensures the company can compensate for any future claimants who were exposed to the company’s asbestos products.
With our assistance, patients could file for one or more of these compensation claims. There are many different asbestos trust funds and each has its own eligibility requirements. An experienced complex attorney can help claimants determine which funds they may be eligible for and gather the required evidence for filing. After filing, the trust’s board will review the claim. Then, it will determine eligibility and set a compensation amount to the claim. However, the trust fund will only pay a percentage. This is to protect future claimants.
Workers’ Compensation and Veterans’ Benefits
Depending on what caused the exposure, mesothelioma patient could receive either workers’ compensation or a veteran’s benefits claim. Worker’s compensation is insurance employers must carry if a job injures an employee. State-run programs manage these claims and eligibilities differ by state. However, worker’s compensation could help defray costs derived from workplace exposure. Recoveries include lost wages, payment for medical bills, and even new career training.
Another option is Veteran’s benefits. VA benefits are tax-free. These include disability benefits for veterans who served in any branch of the armed forces and were injured from their service to our country. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is in charge of these claims. An experience complex litigation attorney can help ensure a smooth claim process. Asbestos afflicted veterans need to prove exposure happened while serving. Plus, he or she needs documentation of diagnosis along with a favorable discharge.
If these options do not apply, there is always personal injury lawsuits or even wrongly death ones for surviving family members. Mesothelioma victims or their surviving loved ones can file these claims against an employer, an asbestos manufacturer, or others depending on the details of the individual case. Mesothelioma compensation comes from a settlement or a verdict. Many of these cases settle before even going to trial.
If the case does go to trial and the jury decides the defendant is guilty, the amount of compensation awarded can often be more than a settlement. The jury will take into consideration any lost wages, medical bills, and future medical expenses. Plus, there could be the secondary costs like travel expenses for treatments, and the pain and suffering from the diagnosis. It is important to seek the counsel of a complex litigation attorney like those at The Michael Brady Lynch Firm.
The path to mesothelioma compensation may seem overwhelming. It is important to have a knowledge attorney guiding you through the entire process. We work on a contingency fee basis. This means you pay nothing until you receive compensation.
A Complex Litigation attorney like those found at The Michael Brady Lynch Firm is critical when seeking help to cover your asbestos-related expenses. Identifying when and where you were exposed to asbestos is crucial to your lawsuit. Experienced lawyers are familiar with companies that used asbestos and know which job sites had a significant amount of asbestos use. Also, they know which products contained high concentrations of the toxic mineral.
Also, consultations are completely free, confidential and have no obligation. The Michael Brady Lynch Firm has successfully represented thousands of consumers and recovered millions of dollars for their clients. Those in the industry from around the country recognize our team of attorneys as some of the most experienced and successful in the country. Our award-winning staff is also sought after for our knowledge of complex litigation, scientific evidence development, negotiation strategies and trial tactics.
Most of all, our law office is resourceful and dedicated to pursuing any compensation. Because of this, we have received a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement, such as inclusion on numerous Plaintiff Steering Committees. We will take whatever legal measures are necessary when fighting for your rights to damages.