Because malignant mesothelioma has been linked to asbestos exposure, there are several forms of financial assistance and compensation a patient may be legally eligible to receive after a mesothelioma diagnosis. While mesothelioma has a long latency period and may not develop until years or even decades after asbestos exposure, you still have the legal right to seek monetary compensation after you’ve been diagnosed with the disease.
In most cases of mesothelioma, the cancer affects a patient’s quality of life and debilitates their capacity to earn a living. The United States government protects individuals who are not able to work as a result of a disability. Patients who have mesothelioma may be eligible to file a social security disability claim for monetary assistance. Furthermore, mesothelioma patients may also file a disability claim with an insurance carrier privately, through their employer’s policy, or as a part of an existing life insurance policy. This claim can provide additional financial help to compensate for the damages suffered.
Sometimes health insurance may also be able to provide financial assistance to mesothelioma patients who face large medical bills and hospital costs. In the event that your insurance company denies you medical and/or hospice coverage, you have the right to take legal action for unfair insurance practices.
Regardless of other financial assistance, those who have developed mesothelioma as a result of asbestos exposure may be eligible to seek compensation for their losses and suffering by pursuing legal action.
Mesothelioma Legal Rights
In most malignant mesothelioma cases, patients developed the cancer due to workplace asbestos exposure. Unfortunately, asbestos, a known carcinogen, continues to be used in a number of asbestos industries in the Unites States including the automotive and construction industries. People who developed mesothelioma may file a worker’s compensation claim against their employer to seek economic recovery for the their losses including pain and suffering, medical bills, lost income capacity, and other present and future expected losses.
A number of corporations that manufactured and profited from the sale of products that contained asbestos were aware of the serious health hazards linked to the dangerous substance as early as the 1920s. However, these corporations failed to adequately warn their employees of the dangers of asbestos. As a result, many employees who worked in high-risk environments contracted the disease unnecessarily.
If you worked in a high-risk industry and contracted mesothelioma, or you have lost a loved one in an asbestos-related injury, you have the legal right to pursue a personal injury lawsuit against the asbestos industry to seek compensation for the losses you have suffered. Monetary awards from the asbestos industry are typically large enough to provide financial assistance for the patient and the patient’s family.