Cancer Law Firm
What Should You Do if Diagnosed with Asbestos-related Disease?
By Matt West
Asbestos is a toxic chemical substance that has been used directly or indirectly in hundreds of products across
the globe. It is incorrect and inappropriate for human beings to have excessive exposure to asbestos. This might
result in malignant mesothelioma -- a rare cancer that affects the lining of the lungs, abdomen or heart -- and
It is amazing to find that, asbestos has still not been entirely banned in the United States, and Americans
continue to risk exposure to this dangerous fiber.
If you feel that you have been exhibiting symptoms of mesothelioma (like shortness of breath, pain in the chest
or back region, swelling in the abdomen, difficulty swallowing, cough, fever, sweating, fatigue, and weight loss.),
it is important for you to consult your doctor immediately. There are various methods that are available for
treating the victims of mesothelioma.
They are either direct methods or alternative methods. Some of the direct methods are Surgery-both Aggressive
and Pallative, Chemotherapy, Radiation therapy etc. Immunoagumentive Therapy (IAT), Gene Therapy, Intraoperative
Photodynamic Therapy (IPT) etc. are some of the commonly practiced alternative methods.
Also one can take the help of Support Groups, which are available to help sufferers deal with the challenges
that they are facing. A recent publication says that over 20% of Americans have participated in some type of
self-help group. There are mainly two types of support groups that are available namely- online support groups and
community centred support groups.
If you have already been diagnosed with mesothelioma it is important for you to have a positive frame of mind
and keep yourself well informed about the latest medical developments that has taken place pertaining to this
field. Also as a victim of the Asbestos industry you can have certain legal and social claims. The following
propositions can be considered if you are a victim of Mesothelioma caused due to negligent asbestos exposure.
1. Legal Aid and Financial Compensation
People who contract the disease must be absolutely sure that the cause for the same was asbestos exposure and
then take steps to get the right legal counsel. Once the legal counsel has been retained the law will ensure that
he or she gets the compensation for employers negligence if any.
2. Claim from the Asbestos Industry
Mesothelioma victims have the option to claim large monetary compensation from the asbestos industry. These
claims can go into the millions of dollars depending on the rights and cause of the claims. A Law firm that
specializes in mesothelioma cases ensures that the families of victims gets ample compensation.
3. Claim Social Security Disability
Victims can claim social security disability after getting advice from an attorney that specializes in these
4. Disability Insurance
You are legally entailed to claim disability insurance if you have disability insurance either privately
procured, within your life insurance policy or through your employer.
It is one of the core responsibilities of an employer to take care of its employees. Thus, even while the victim
takes legal action against the asbestos industry he or she can simultaneously claim workers compensation for being
'disabled' during work. A lawyer who has experience in the asbestos industry should handle this sort of claim.
6. Health Insurance
A victim of mesothelioma can incur huge medical bills due to the expensive nature of treatment that's required
for the treatment of this disease. If a victim is admitted to the hospital he or she should talk to the Discharge
Planner or other personnel who can help with hospice and hospital coverage. Laws cover medial treatments and action
can be taken health insurance company if they fail to provide proper coverage. Again it is imperative to ensure
that the victim employs a proper legal representative.
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