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Posted on February 27th, 2018
Financial compensation can be useful not only to people injured by asbestos but also to their spouses and dependents. Thus, legal remedies may be available for family members. In all cases, filing asbestos claims is a complicated and time-sensitive process and the help of an asbestos lawyer is crucial.
Throughout the last century, over 11 million people were exposed to asbestos in the workplace across the United States. The business executives responsible for running companies that produced asbestos-containing products were preoccupied with their own financial gain, completely disregarding the wellbeing of workers. Consequently, despite being aware of the health problems exposure could cause, they refused to stop the use of this highly carcinogenic mineral until they no longer had a choice.
As should have been expected, an important number of workers have later developed harrowing diseases such as asbestosis or lung cancer, which often ended up claiming their lives. Since it may take up to 50 years from the time the first asbestos exposure took place for a disease to develop, more than 12,000 victims are still diagnosed with asbestos-related diseases every year in the U.S.
Over recent decades, asbestos trust funds have been the primary source of compensation for victims of occupational exposure, as the majority of liable companies were forced to establish trust funds upon entering bankruptcy protection. Thus, victims of workplace asbestos exposure can benefit from the compensation they are entitled to in a considerably easier way compared to filing a lawsuit. With the assistance of a lawyer who specializes in asbestos cases, a person whose health is affected by asbestos can recover the maximum compensation he or she is eligible for within one month to one year.
In many families affected by asbestos cancers, spouses or children often take on the role of caregivers when their partners or parents become sick. The payouts from asbestos trust funds can help cover not only the ongoing medical bills, other expenses, and the patient's emotional distress but also can support spouses and dependents help better face the challenges of:
Veterans who suffer from asbestos-related cancer are entitled to VA disability benefits once they prove they were exposed to asbestos primarily during military service. Family members can also apply for dependency and indemnity compensation.
Spouses and dependents that are caring for a Veteran with asbestos-related disabilities may also qualify for:
The spouse or dependent child of a Veteran or service member may qualify for certain benefits like:
Survivors of a Veteran or service member may qualify for added benefits, including:
There are numerous reasons why people injured by asbestos exposure may be reluctant to claim the money they deserve, such as fear of a tiring, endless legal process or very poor health. Regrettably, many asbestos victims never take legal action during their lifetime, which could have granted them access to higher-quality treatment and healthcare.
It is worthy of note that, in such cases, the dependents of asbestos victims can recover compensation on their behalf by filing a wrongful death claim. The help of a lawyer with vast experience in asbestos cases is also crucial when it comes to wrongful death claims, as resources and skills are necessary to obtain the largest amount of money you qualify for.
If you lost a family member to a disease caused by occupational asbestos exposure, we strongly encourage you to seek compensation at your earliest convenience, as, similarly to regular asbestos claims, wrongful death cases have a statute of limitations, which ranges between one and three years, depending on the state.
The following people have the right to file a wrongful death claim on behalf of a victim of workplace asbestos exposure:
For instance, a son who lost his father to lung cancer which resulted from occupational asbestos exposure has the legal right to file a wrongful death claim. With the assistance of a lawyer specialized in asbestos-related lawsuits, the process will be relatively easy. Along with a resourceful legal team, our asbestos lawyers will attend to the complex aspects of the claim, including gathering the evidence required to bring the claim. Since there are multiple options when it comes to filing a claim, only a lawyer with vast experience in asbestos litigation will have the required knowledge to help family members recover the maximum financial compensation he is eligible for.
Similarly, a wife who lost her husband to asbestosis as a consequence of asbestos exposure should contact a lawyer as soon as possible after her spouse passes away. A lawyer with relevant experience in this practice area will be able to help her navigate the legal process and help with her case, which will eventually grant her the money she is entitled to. Wrongful death claims can help cover damages such as: