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Posted on December 15th, 2018
The compensation a lawyer can easily recover for you will not only help you afford the medical care you need but also grant you access to higher-quality treatment, as well as to clinical trials, which may substantially improve your prognosis. Currently, over $18 billion have been paid out from asbestos trust funds.
Although the use of asbestos is nowhere near as widespread today as it was in 1973, when the peak of asbestos use in the U.S. was reached at 801,000 metric tons, the annual number of people who develop terrible diseases as a result of occupational asbestos exposure has been steady for the past three decades with approximately 4,800 Americans being diagnosed with a type of cancer that can be traced to asbestos exposure. It is estimated that by 2030, over 10 million individuals will have lost their lives to asbestos-related diseases worldwide.
Shortly after the dangers of asbestos came to light, more and more people began seeking financial compensation for the diseases they had developed as a consequence of on-the-job exposure. Throughout the last thirty years, over $18 billion have been recovered by former employees from asbestos trust funds, which were set up when companies could no longer afford to pay liabilities to injured individuals.
Since lung cancer and other asbestos-related cancers respond poorly to treatment and are almost always fatal, many people, often older folks, worry that it's just not worth making a claim or that it won't be finalized before they die. We understand that it's important to focus on your health and your family, yet, filing an asbestos claim is not an intensive process. An initial meeting is indeed required for us to get to know your work history and the details of your case. But after that, the work is hands-off. We handle everything related to the legal claim, so you can focus on what matters.
The cost of cancer treatment has always been incredibly high in the U.S. However, to make matters worse, it has doubled within the past 20 years. According to the American Cancer Society, the average cost of lung cancer treatment is $48,000 per year making cancer victims have to pay approximately $84,796 to receive medical care. The compensation a lawyer can easily recover for you will not only help you afford the medical care you need, but it will also grant you access to higher-quality treatment, as well as to clinical trials, which may substantially improve your prognosis.
As cancer treatment is very expensive, it is bound to affect the budget of your family in the long run. The sum of money you will recover from asbestos trust funds will undoubtedly ease the financial burden of your loved ones since claims often result in substantial compensation. Moreover, compensation could be invaluable to your family in the unfortunate event of your passing away, as it will provide them with a reliable financial resource during those dire moments.
Last but certainly not least, your taking legal action ultimately means that the asbestos company responsible for your suffering will be held accountable for having knowingly put your health at risk. Up to 11 million workers were exposed to asbestos in the workplace between 1940 and 1978, according to the U.S. National Institutes of Health, many of whom have subsequently been diagnosed with serious diseases. Every year, past asbestos exposure claims the lives of up to 15,000 people in the country. Holding wrongdoers accountable for their appalling actions and careless attitude may help prevent future similar situations by discouraging companies from avoiding responsibility.
A thought pattern we have noticed in our older clients is the belief that they betray their employer if they bring a claim. However, that is not how compensation claims work. You will be bringing a claim against the manufacturers that produced the asbestos-containing products you were exposed to. You won't be taking money from your employer, so you shouldn't hesitate to file a claim. Today, previous manufacturers of asbestos-containing products are well aware they will be subject to asbestos claims and many have funds set aside to pay out victims.