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The Facts Of Mesothelioma and Legal Rights

September 23, 2017

is a deadly cancer that is diagnosed in approximately 2,000 to 3,000 persons per year in the United States. Mostly identified by cancerous cells found in the linings of the chest, abdominal cavity and heart, Mesothelioma is almost exclusively tied to asbestos exposure.

The Mesothelioma Guide is a free resource for you with the advice you need and links to many more information sites.

Mesothelioma – Its Symptoms and Treatments

Workers or Military personnel who came into heavy, prolonged contact with asbestos are the most likely to develop malignant Mesothelioma, but there have been types of Mesothelioma detected in persons with short, household exposure.

Malignant Mesothelioma can lie dormant for decades before symptoms appear. In fact, it is not uncommon for persons exposed in the 1940’s to be diagnosed with this malignant disease by doctors today.

  • Symptoms of Mesothelioma cancer include:
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain
  • Persistent cough
  • Fever
  • Night sweats
  • Weight loss
  • Abdominal swelling
  • Bowel obstruction
  • Anemia

Conventionally Mesothelioma cancer is treated in much the same way as other cancers with surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. In addition to these conventional methods, other treatment options have gained increased attention of late. They include immunotherapy, gene therapy and alternative therapy options.

Because malignant mesothelioma is related to asbestos exposure, many people with the disease have questions about whether or not they can be compensated. There are several potential sources of financial assistance and/or compensation for people with mesothelioma.

Financial Assistance, Compensation, and Legal Rights

Asbestos Industry

People are often surprised to find out that the largest amounts of compensation typically available can be recovered from the asbestos industry. These awards are often large enough to provide financial security for families. There are law firms who handle such cases on a contingency fee basis which does not require out of pocket cost.

Social Security Disability

Patients can also file a disability claim with social security. (It’s advisable to consult with an attorney that specializes in such claims.)

Disability Insurance

Many people can also file a disability claim if they have disability insurance either privately, through their employer, or as part of a life insurance policy.

Worker’s Compensation

If asbestos exposure occurred on the job, in addition to claims against the asbestos industry, a worker’s compensation claim or other types of legal action may be filed against an employer. Again, it is advisable to consult with an attorney handling worker’s compensation claims. It is prudent to consult also with an attorney handling claims against the asbestos industry to make sure the various claims do not conflict with your optimal strategy.

For More Legal Information

To find out more information or to see some questions commonly asked about mesothelioma legal issues.

Health Insurance

For people facing large medical bills and hospital stays, most hospitals have Discharge Planners or other personnel who can assist with issues of medical coverage and hospice. There are also laws that allow patients to take legal action against their insurance company for unfairly denying them coverage for medical treatment.