Monday, July 4, 2011

Can you claim Mesothelioma compensation?

Mesothelioma used to be a very rare disease until recently. Though little is known about the condition and it is still very difficult to diagnose in its early stages, the rate of the disease occurring has increased. The rise in the number of mesothelioma cases has also led to the rise of the number of mesothelioma compensation claims.

Mesothelioma compensation -What is Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma is a cancer that is almost certainly caused by the exposure to asbestos. Even an insignificant amount of exposure to asbestos is known to lead to mesothelioma. Exposure to the naturally occurring toxic mineral is commonly reported in work environments as asbestos mines, asbestos mills, old ship yards, some of the old Navy ships, and the homes of the patients or those homes that surrounded areas near the mentioned industries. The cancer occurs decades after the initial exposure. It is also now accepted that the worker’s family members who were exposed to the asbestos dust that clung to the worker’s clothes and things, have also contracted the disease. The disease is not linked to race although it is more common in men. Most of the cases of mesothelioma occur after 30 to 45 years after the initial asbestos exposure.

People who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma have every right to file for mesothelioma compensation claims. This is because a vast number of the companies that exposed their workers to the toxic substance were well aware of the hazards of asbestos, but did nothing to ensure the safety of their workers. Today, many decades later, the effects of exposure to asbestos is taking its toll on the workers as they reach their senior years. These workers and their family members who have suffered are entitled to mesothelioma compensation and to justice for all the pain and suffering.

There are numerous lawyers that have experience in handling mesothelioma compensation claims. There are even law firms that take on nothing else. However, for someone who is looking for a lawyer to help in the filing of the mesothelioma compensation claims, it is very important to find one that has extensive experience handling such claims.

Finding a good, experienced lawyer is necessary right after being diagnosed with mesothelioma as most states have time limits as to how much time you have to file the mesothelioma compensation claim. Once the statute of limitations has been reached, the patient will not be able to file any mesothelioma compensation claim.

There are a number of people who have concerns about filing claims for mesothelioma compensation as they are unaware of exactly when and where they were exposed to asbestos dust. There are still a number of people who may have been exposed to asbestos with more than one employer and on numerous occasions. Only an experienced mesothelioma lawyer can be of help in such cases as intensive investigation is required in order to get the facts and all the evidence required.

Filing a claim can take time so it is critical that the patient find an experienced lawyer right after the diagnosis of the disease. It is understandable that, for someone who has just been diagnosed with a lethal form of cancer, finding a lawyer is furthest among their priorities. But, the sooner a lawyer is found, the better are the chances that the mesothelioma compensation claim will be successful