Mesothelioma is a very deadly form of cancer, with only 40% of mesothelioma victims surviving for 12 months after diagnosis and a mere 8% surviving to the five year mark.
It’s estimated that 11 million Americans were exposed to asbestos — the most common cause of pleural mesothelioma — over the nearly 40 year time frame from 1940 to 1978. Of those 11 million people, about 1.1 million or 10% will ultimately develop mesothelioma lung cancer. Over 37,000 Americans died from Mesothelioma in the 14 year timeframe from 1999 to 2013 and more than 3,000 new cases are diagnosed annually in the USA.
Complicating matters is the fact that there is typically a large gap in time between the asbestos exposure event(s) and the time when mesothelioma symptoms become apparent, ultimately leading to a diagnosis. But even so, there is a clear correlation between asbestos exposure and mesothelioma lung cancer and as a result, mesothelioma lawsuits are less difficult to pursue than many other personal injury cases.
Your Right to Compensation for Mesothelioma Medical Expenses
As with other personal injury cases, any company, individual, agency or other entity that’s determined to be liable in your mesothelioma case will typically be required to pay for your medical care, including hospitalizations, treatments, immunotherapy, chemotherapy, radiation, surgery, medications, medical supplies, nursing care, hospice care and beyond.
Your Right to Compensation for Financial Losses Due to Mesothelioma
Mesothelioma is a debilitating and very serious form of cancer that can be fatal in fairly short order. As a result, individuals who’ve received a mesothelioma diagnosis don’t have years to save money and make other arrangements so they can survive financially once their disease progresses and they’re unable to work.
The reality is that mesothelioma lung cancer is very fast moving and mesothelioma patients often find that they can no longer work in a matter of weeks or months after diagnosis. In addition, surviving family members can suffer because they’re going to miss out on your future earnings.
For these reasons, mesothelioma patients and their family members have a right to compensation for financial losses stemming from the illness and eventual loss of life.
Your Right to Compensation for Pain and Suffering
A mesothelioma diagnosis can be absolutely devastating to the patient and his or her family members. As with any form of cancer, treatment can be very painful and life-changing. Some forms of pain and discomfort that are associated with this variety of lung cancer cannot be remedied; only managed in a palliative manner with medications and therapies.
There’s also the emotional pain and suffering associated with dying or watching a loved one die.
Your Right to Expedited Social Security Benefits
Individuals who are diagnosed with mesothelioma are entitled to expedited benefits processing by the Social Security Administration. This is due to the fast-moving nature of this form of lung cancer and its high mortality rate.
Your Right to File a Mesothelioma Lawsuit
Mesothelioma patients have the right to file a mesothelioma lawsuit to seek compensation for pain, suffering, financial losses, medical expenses and other losses that arise as a result of this deadly disease. You must file a lawsuit within the statute of limitations in your state, which can vary from 1 year to 5 years from the point of discovery and/or diagnosis of mesothelioma.
Due to the highly unique nature of mesothelioma cases, class action lawsuits are not typical for this form of personal injury. But individual lawsuits are generally very successful. There are even funds established for mesothelioma victims and their family members without the need to file a lawsuit.
There is also a $30 billion mesothelioma fund that’s available to mesothelioma patients and their immediate family. An experienced mesothelioma lawyer can help you access the many compensation and benefit sources that you and your family may be eligible to receive.
Your Right to File a Mesothelioma Wrongful Death Lawsuit
Family members of someone who’s died from mesothelioma from asbestos exposure can also file a lawsuit for the wrongful death of a loved one.
As with other mesothelioma lawsuits involving the actual victim, mesothelioma lawsuits involving family members must be filed within the statute of limitations, which vary from state to state. The timeframe generally varies from 1 to 2 years after the mesothelioma patient’s date of death.
The experienced legal team at Mesowatch is now accepting new mesothelioma clients. Learn more about asbestos and its use by visiting their dedicated site page https://mesowatch.com/asbestos-general-information/ -educating the nation about the health risks of asbestos exposure and compensation available for victims of asbestos exposure