There are more than 100 types of cancer in the world, and any one of them can be devastating to not only the patient but their family and loved ones.
Not only do families and friends struggle with seeing their loved ones fighting a potentially deadly disease, but there are often financial ramifications as well. According to the American Cancer Society, the financial burden of a cancer diagnosis can last for years in the form of paying medical bills. The organization reports that cancer-related costs continue to rise with the average price of new drugs now at $10,000 per month, compared to $1,000 20 years ago. This high price tag for care forces some patients to skip or delay medical care because of the cost.
The Cost of Mesothelioma
While mesothelioma is not the most common form of cancer — with just 3,000 patients diagnosed annually on average — it is amongst the deadliest. Mesothelioma is caused by exposure to asbestos, which commonly happens on the job or even in homes, especially if they were built before 1980.
Like many cancers, there is no cure for the disease. And according to the Mayo Clinic, cancer acts aggressively and has a life expectancy of just about 12 to 22 months from the time of diagnosis.
The fact that this disease often progresses so quickly can not only present emotional strain on a family but financial strain as well. These families often struggle to treat their loved ones and keep them comfortable while making up for the lost income that keeps them out of work when they are diagnosed.
Have You Lost a Loved One to Mesothelioma?
If you have lost a loved one due to mesothelioma you may be able to file a lawsuit to receive compensation. This process, however, can be time-sensitive so your estate representative will need to start the process as quickly as possible.
The value of your case may depend on a variety of factors, including:
- Degree of asbestos exposure
- Proof of exposure and company negligence
- Company at fault
- Costs of related medical bills
- Age and health of the person at the time of diagnosis
- Number of dependents
- Funeral expenses
If you have recently lost a loved one to mesothelioma and believe you have a mesothelioma case, a qualified and experienced attorney can help navigate you through the process of filing a claim and determine whether you have a case or not.