Mesothelioma: The Background and The Compensation

By | February 8, 2016
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Nowadays, the use of asbestos for many buildings and companies has affected the people health because it leads to certain disease called as Mesothelioma. Asbestos is suspected as a main cause because it has a particular carcinogen which can attack your lungs. Asbestos creates mesothelioma and it causes some cancerous cells that can spread to. The worst effect is that the cells will damage your lungs. In fact, mesothelioma does not only attack the lungs, but it also attacks your heart and abdomen. Mesothelioma at lungs is called pleura, at heart is called pericardium, and at abdomen is called peritoneum mesothelioma. Although this disease is difficult to diagnose at the early stage, you can pay attention to the following symptoms:

  • You easily get fatigue in some moment
  • You get some fever
  • You are easily sweaty
  • You loose your weight unreasonably
  • You feel discomfort in your chest (for pleura mesothelioma)
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The above symptoms occur 60 to 90% to the patients for mesothelioma, however; some patients are asymptomatic which means there is no initial symptoms to be diagnosed. Unfortunately, there is no standard therapy for this disease. The experts just suggest some treatment options for the patients such as chemotherapy, radiaton, surgery and multimodality treatment. Somehow, some patients could not be cured by those treatments and they will end with death.

Due to the miserable effect of mesothelioma, certain companies dealing with mesothelioma give some compensations to the victims. They give mesothelioma compensation in the form of trial verdicts, bankruptcy funds and settlements. The amounts they get are various based on the emotional distress, funeral expenses and lost salary. Those specific compensations are usually given to the workers who expose to asbestos too much thus leading them to mesothelioma. In detail, the compensation covers the medication bills and loss of wages. It is not easy to adjust the level of mesothelioma compensation amount because it deals with the diagnosis. Usually the company will have a deal with the asbestos specialized attorney to discuss about this. The attorney will investigate the company whether or not it realizes the impact of asbestos exposure to the workers so it does not mind to give compensation to the workers, not just think about profit. After the attorney ‘opens’ the way, the mesothelioma victims can claim the bills related to mesothelioma. Basically, there are some general financial types that they can have for the compensation which have been mentioned above. The detailed explanations are as follows:

1. Trial verdicts.

This compensation type is for the case between the company and mesothelioma victims which have been issued in the court. If the company is guilty, the victims will get some money as compensation from asbestos exposure. The amount is based on the medical costs and loss of income.

2. Bankruptcy trust funds

The funds here is meant for the company which has no longer existed. It is because generally companies which manufacture asbestos are quickly closed or are bought by other companies. The fact happens because many asbestos lawsuits ‘fight’ against them and lead them to bankruptcy. The fund is set within the bankruptcy for compensating the asbestos victims.

3. Settlement

The victims can ask for the budget for settlement to the asbestos lawsuit if they think the case helps them very much. Most of the attorneys will be paid if the claims of the clients are successful.

The mesothelioma compensation will be given to the victims after the trial reaches the settlement. In other words, the victims should win the trial. It could take months or years, while waiting for it the victims may file the claim especially for the bankruptcy trust fund. Also keep it mind, during the time you wait for the payment, you are still responsible to pay the hospital, prescription and the doctor bills. Oftentimes, you will find some unexpected expenses dealing with the disease which is not covered by the health insurance. Therefore, it is important to record all of your medical expenses. This information will help the attorney to get your claim for the good compensation.

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