Factors in Mesothelioma Compensation
Mesothelioma is a rare and aggressive form of cancer that is almost exclusively tied to asbestos exposure. Due to the fact that mesothelioma is caused by outside factors, some mesothelioma patients may be entitled to compensation for their physical and emotional pain. No two mesothelioma cases are the same and there are several factors that must be considered during a mesothelioma case. Here are a few factors to consider:
When and Where the Asbestos Exposure Took Place
Mesothelioma is almost always caused by exposure to asbestos, a naturally-occurring fibrous material that remains in a person’s body for years after the initial exposure. Unfortunately, it can take decades before any asbestos-related health conditions develop, and mesothelioma isn’t typically diagnosed until it has reached a later stage.
Since it can take years for asbestos exposure to cause any noticeable health issues, determining when the exposure took place can be difficult. For those who spent years working in an industry where asbestos was commonly used, it may be easier to determine the place of exposure. The most common industries where asbestos exposure occurred was the construction industry, the ship building industry, and the automotive industry.
In most cases, you will be entitled to greater mesothelioma compensation if your employer knowingly created a hazardous work environment by exposing employees to asbestos, especially if you were unaware of any possible exposure. Family members of those who have been exposed to asbestos may have also been exposed to the substance via dust tracked into their homes. These family members can develop serious health issues simply by living with someone exposed to asbestos and may have a case for compensation as well.
The Impact of Mesothelioma on Your Life
Another important factor in a mesothelioma lawsuit is the impact that a mesothelioma diagnosis has had on your life. Much like any other type of cancer, it can cost thousands to treat mesothelioma, and any compensation you receive may be intended to cover medical costs.
If you are filing a mesothelioma claim on behalf of a loved one who has already passed away due to their illness, you may be entitled to greater compensation to cover the costs of a funeral, or to replace lost wages if you were dependent on the deceased’s income. In these cases, the deciding factor is often whether or not a mesothelioma diagnosis and it’s resulting expenses created a need for greater possible compensation.
Filing a Mesothelioma Claim
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma due to asbestos exposure at the workplace, you will need the services of an experienced mesothelioma law firm such as Goldberg, Persky & White. The mesothelioma attorneys at Goldberg, Persky & White can help you determine if you are entitled to compensation. If you would like to schedule a consultation with a mesothelioma attorney and discuss your options, contact Goldberg, Persky & White today!