Some people who have been afflicted with asbestos related mesothelioma and in some cases, their families, have been able to collect damages for this preventable disease. Victims of asbestos related mesothelioma have sought compensation through lawsuits, including class action, and via asbestos trusts. Asbestos Trust Funds were set up in the 1970s after many companies that used asbestos went bankrupt from the many different lawsuits they faced.
Rights to Compensation
If you or someone you love is suffering from mesothelioma that was caused by asbestos, you may be entitled to compensation for expenses that are caused by this awful illness.There are many expenses that arise from when an adult family member is not feeling well and is then diagnosed with a horrible, life threatening disease. Not only are the medical bills daunting even when a person has insurance, there are many other expenses that are often created by a family member falling ill.
Many people recommend enlisting the help of a reputable personal injury mesothelioma lawyer who is licensed to practice in the state where the victim was exposed to asbestos. If a person has medical bills and other expenses related to their disease, and can no longer perform their daily duties and jobs, they may be entitled to compensation for expenses related to their illness. When a much loved family member tragically dies from mesothelioma, their surviving family members may be entitled to compensation.
Kinds of Compensation
When someone is injured or becomes ill because of someone else’s negligence, they may be entitled to compensation for expenses related to the negligent person’s actions. When someone has been knowingly exposed to asbestos by someone who is negligent, the negligent party may be liable for those illnesses that they caused. Compensation for asbestos related mesothelioma may include but are not limited to:
- Medical expenses including, doctor visits, treatments, surgeries, therapies, medicines, etc.
- Loss of income
- Loss of benefits
- Loss of abilities
- Loss of childcare and/or household management
- Pain and suffering
In the event that someone tragically dies because of asbestos related mesothelioma, their surviving family members may be entitled to compensation for one or more of the above as well as for:
- Funeral services
- Burial or cremation costs
- Loss of spousal support
- Loss of parental support and guidance
- Pain and grieving
While monetary compensation cannot bring back a loved one, nor can it bring back the days of a life that was lost to suffering and being bedridden with illness and pain, it can ease the financial burdens someone being ill often brings.
Asbestos Related Mesothelioma Claims
Common claims for this kind of illness are workers compensation and product liability.
Workers compensation claims are filed by an employee against a negligent employer. If an employer did not disclose to their employee that they would be exposed to asbestos dust, and if they did not provide proper protective safety gear and the employee became ill with mesothelioma, the negligent employer may be liable for this. Because of the long onset for asbestos related mesothelioma, it can be difficult for an injured worker to pursue workers’ compensation benefits. A mesothelioma lawyer may be able to this for you so that you do not have to.
A product liability claim places the responsibility for the presence of asbestos on one or more party that was responsible for making a product available to consumers in the United States. If people are exposed to asbestos in products or buildings whose owners knew of this but do not do anything to safely remove it, they may be liable for expenses caused by asbestos related illnesses.