Mesothelioma a very deadly form of cancer which has been linked to asbestos exposure. The mesothelioma prognosis is often a very frightening one, with just 4 in 10 people who are diagnosed surviving for one year after diagnosis; just 8% are still alive within five years.
But there is help in the form of mesothelioma trust funds and other funds which have been established to help people who have been affected by this aggressive form of cancer. Mesothelioma compensation eligibility varies according to the precise trust fund or the organization/agency that’s offering the funds.
Mesothelioma life expectancy is often just a matter of months, which makes it impractical for many patients to file a lawsuit – a process that can take months or even years. Due to the fast-moving nature of this type of cancer and its high prevalence rate in people with a history of asbestos exposure, mesothelioma trust funds and other resources have been established to provide immediate financial assistance and services.
Generally speaking, mesothelioma compensation is provided to three groups of people.
Individuals who’ve received a mesothelioma diagnosis as the result of past asbestos exposure are virtually always eligible for mesothelioma compensation.
In many cases, it’s not necessary to file a lawsuit or other legal claim; the patient typically just needs to provide documentation. The required documentation will vary according to the organization, but generally speaking, the individual will be asked to provide proof that they worked in a profession that left them prone to asbestos exposure.
The individual will also need to provide a letter from a physician or other medical documentation verifying their mesothelioma diagnosis.
Sadly, the mesothelioma prognosis is often quite poor and some pass away in a matter of weeks or months after diagnosis. Mesothelioma victims may not be alive to file a legal claim, but family members can still seek compensation if they’ve lost a loved one to this aggressive disease.
Each fund, agency or organization is slightly different, but generally, the family members must submit a death certificate with documentation that the loved one died of mesothelioma or a related complication. In some cases, the family member may need to provide some sort of evidence that the decedent worked in a field where they were exposed to asbestos.
Many mesothelioma compensation funds that provide assistance to families have a time limit, which is typically related to the statute of limitations in the state where the asbestos exposure occurred. So it’s important to seek help as soon as possible to ensure you fall within the required timeframe.
Many men and women with a mesothelioma diagnosis are veterans who endured asbestos exposure in the military. The Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA) oversees mesothelioma compensation for military veterans.
Military veterans with a mesothelioma diagnosis are typically eligible for special VA benefits. To obtain assistance, benefits and other support, the individual must provide proof and documentation that their asbestos exposure was a direct result of their military service.
Assistance is also available to veterans with other asbestos-related injuries, such as asbestosis and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
The VA oversees mesothelioma compensation and services for injured veterans who were exposed to asbestos.
Mesowatch is committed to helping mesothelioma patients and others who’ve been impacted by this disease to get the compensation they deserve. Let the experienced team guide you through the process of getting the funds and services you and your family need to get through this difficult experience.
Contact Mesowatch today and let our experienced attorneys help you get the mesothelioma funds you need to live the quality of life you deserve. Funds are available to cover medical expenses, lost wages, burial costs and other financial losses.