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Mesothelioma Compensation

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Many mesothelioma patients are entitled to financial compensation. Veterans can receive compensation from VA claims, trust funds, settlements, and jury verdicts. Those with mesothelioma should work with a lawyer to get as much compensation as possible.

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Financial Compensation for Mesothelioma Patients

Mesothelioma is a rare cancer that requires specialized treatment. From chemotherapy rounds to surgery, medical bills can start adding up.

Deductibles, co-pays and out-of-pocket expenses can build up quickly with frequent doctor appointments even with great insurance. Compensation can help you afford treatment and stay out of debt.

Compensation can help:

  • Pay for treatment expenses: Compensation can cover your medical and treatment expenses your health insurance does not cover. It can also help pay for aggressive, life-extending surgery.
  • Cover lost wages: Many patients can’t work or end up losing their jobs during treatment. Surgical recovery time can take months in some cases. Compensation ensures you don’t have to worry about your lost wages.
  • Compensate for disability: Some patients aren’t able to return to work. There are several ways to receive disability compensation to help cover the cost of living.
  • Secure your estate: Payouts from Asbestos Trust Funds and litigation can secure your family’s future. Regardless of your prognosis, compensation gives you peace of mind that your family will be financially secure.
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While financial compensation is meant to offset medical costs, it also pays for pain and suffering. In nearly all cases of mesothelioma, companies hid the dangers from employees and customers.

Don’t miss out on the compensation you and your family deserve. We can help connect you with a firm who will fight for you and your family and be with you each step of the way.

A memo circulated through the asbestos industry in 1988, with documents that were more than 50 years old. These documents contained “evidence of corporate conspiracy to prevent asbestos workers from learning that their exposure to asbestos could kill them.”

This memo shows that many companies were aware of the risks of asbestos before World War II.

Mesothelioma Compensation Explained

The amount of compensation you receive can be based on several factors. These factors may include lost wages, emotional distress, physical pain and the cost of health care. Compensation also comes from many different sources.

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  • Asbestos Trust Funds
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You may receive different amounts of compensation depending on your situation. Each case is unique. For example, a person in a high-paying career who can no longer work may be compensated for a loss in earning potential.

A lower-income veteran with mesothelioma may get a pension from the U.S. government. Patients with a more extensive asbestos exposure history are also likely to get more compensation.

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Most of the time, professionals can determine exactly when, where and for how long you had been exposed to asbestos. Exposure history is necessary to know where to turn for compensation.

If an employer exposed you to asbestos, they could be legally liable for your illness. Employers often settle these cases by paying for lost wages, medical bills and other costs.

You should never have to determine your own asbestos exposure history. Depending on the type of compensation you’re looking for, someone will help you.

If you are applying for VA benefits, claims agents can help uncover your exposure history. If you are filing a lawsuit, an experienced lawyer has many tools to find out where you were exposed.

Fortunately, the Mesothelioma Veterans Center can help with both VA claims and can discuss your eligibility for filing asbestos trusts claims. Contact our VA-accredited claims agents today.

A Quick Look at VA Benefits

VA benefits come in different shapes and sizes. If you have mesothelioma as a result of your military service, you qualify for disability compensation. There are also other types of benefits available. These are based on factors like your income, marital status and whether you have dependents.

Common benefits for mesothelioma patients or their family members include:

Applying for VA benefits can be difficult. There are many documents and pieces of evidence to submit. Luckily, there are VA claims agents who can help you for free. Many of these agents are accredited by the VA to help veterans receive benefits.

Determining the Value of a Claim

Evaluating how much money you are entitled to is complicated, which is why you should hire a mesothelioma attorney who specializes in asbestos claims. The attorney will add up the various costs associated with having the disease and attempt to get you compensation as soon as possible.

They will also look at your medical records, your asbestos exposure history, the costs of care, loss of wages and emotional distress. These are common variables attorneys use to find a monetary figure that makes up for your losses.

A mesothelioma attorney will ask you about your work history and the potential for future lost wages. The stage of your cancer and the prognosis of your disease are also important in deciding the value of your claim.

Your attorney will also help you find out which company exposed you to asbestos if you don’t already know.

Some companies have already set up a trust fund. Trust funds have baseline payout amounts set aside for all victims of mesothelioma. If your situation is unique, you can ask your attorney to settle for a higher amount than the baseline complication.

Factors that could affect the amount of compensation you receive include:

  • The type of asbestos you were exposed to
  • Where the exposure took place
  • How much physical and emotional distress you are experiencing
  • How long you were in the service and were exposed to asbestos
  • Where you live
  • Your age and gender
  • Your work history and potential for future wages
  • Your medical expenses not covered by your health insurance
  • The costs of travel to see a mesothelioma specialist
  • Any dependents you support
  • The cost of future medical care
  • Funeral expenses

General Assistance

Some people make use of general assistance because it’s faster than mesothelioma claims. General assistance is provided for any person with a serious medical illness that prevents them from working.

You can get general assistance from a variety of sources, including the following:

  • Private insurance: An insurance company should be able to pay for medical care regardless of your diagnosis.
  • Medicaid and Medicare: This also pays for medical care regardless of your diagnosis.
  • Social Security Disability: You can file for this benefit if you can’t work.
  • Long-term disability insurance: This may be provided to you by your employer.
  • Community assistance: There are volunteer and nonprofit organizations that help with incidental expenses.

General assistance usually does not have much of a delay. You can use these sources while you pursue a mesothelioma compensation claim.

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  • Asbestos Trust Funds
  • Access Over $30 Billion
  • Financial Assistance

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Getting the Compensation You Deserve

Virtually every mesothelioma patient has the right to some level of compensation. Many victims of mesothelioma look toward trust funds or lawsuits for compensation. Veterans with mesothelioma have total access to the VA. All mesothelioma veterans can receive benefits.

Key avenues of compensation for veterans:

  • Your former employer may pay into an asbestos trust fund that you can access
  • People seeking litigation often receive million-dollar settlements
  • Talk to a VA claims agent to learn about your Veteran Benefits

Once you’ve been diagnosed by a mesothelioma specialist, it’s up to you to seek compensation. But you’re not alone.

There are people who can help with a range of issues that you may be facing right now, from financial aid and legal advisors to VA claims agents. Let us help you get started now.

Veterans Support Team
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Contributing Author

Christopher Dryfoos is a journalist and member of the American Medical Writers Association (AMWA). As the grandson of the U.S. Navy’s first forensic pathologist, he aims to help veterans with mesothelioma access needed care.

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