For families dealing with the burden of mesothelioma, the financial stresses can be overwhelming. It’s hard enough for most families to make ends-meet on a daily basis. When you add in all of the costs from medical bills, insurance deductibles, co-pays and out-of-pocket expenses, a mesothelioma diagnoses can be a financial nightmare.
The patient advocates at the Mesothelioma Support Network understand that mesothelioma victims and their families have enough to deal with without worrying if they can pay their medical bills and keep the lights on. That’s why our patient advocates want to help you get the financial assistance that is owed to you.
As most mesothelioma patients and their families know, the disease is caused by prolonged exposure to the toxic mineral asbestos. Until about the early 1970s, asbestos was widely used in almost every type of industry without caution. While scientists, researchers and major corporations knew about the risks, the general public was never informed. In fact, the United States military mandated its use in the 1930s through about 1970, despite knowing the dangers.
The problems from mesothelioma come when workers, and their families, breathe in asbestos fibers. These fibers are lightweight and fluffy but also sharp and needle-like. When inhaled, they become lodged in the lungs and migrate throughout the body, forming either pleural, peritoneal or pericardial mesothelioma.
For those suffering from mesothelioma, there are several paths to financial security for yourself and your family:
Mesothelioma Trust Funds
In the late 20th century, after scores of workers and veterans started developing mesothelioma, the mineral was finally recognized as a human carcinogen. When courts started holding these companies liable for the health damages, many filed for federal bankruptcy protection. The federal courts demanded the companies set up special trust funds that would set aside money for victims. To date, about 60 asbestos trusts have been formed. About $17.5 million has been paid out to more than 3.3 million victims. The advantage to filing a trust claim is that the process moves quicker than a lawsuit, allowing faster access to much-needed funds.
Asbestos-Related Lawsuits & Settlements
Many victims shy away from a lawsuit because they don’t want to seem litigious, but it’s important to remember that you did nothing to cause this disease – you were simply going to work. You are entitled to money that will make life easier for you and your family. It is impossible to predict any mesothelioma settlement amount without more detailed information, but previous settlements have shown that the cases typically cover medical expenses, lost wages, future earnings and physical and mental distress caused by the disease. Some estimate that the average mesothelioma trial award is $2.4 million. If you want to know more about your legal options, contact our patient advocates now .
VA Claims & Other Benefits
If you are a veteran and developed mesothelioma, you likely came in contact with asbestos while serving our country. The U.S. government has set aside special benefits and services for those who have “service-related” injuries, including mesothelioma and asbestosis. However, accessing these benefits can be difficult. Our Veteran Service Officers (VSOs) are fully accredited by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and understand the intricacies of working with the VA. Their goal is to make veterans benefits easy to access. Contact them today.
We have exclusive access to travel, housing and treatment grants that can provide free and reduced travel expenses, housing costs and, in some cases, treatment. Contact us today at 800-769-7314 or fill out our form for more information.