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I've Been Diagnosed with an Asbestos-Related Disease. What Do I Do Now?

If you have just found out you are suffering from mesothelioma, lung cancer or asbestosis, you should primarily focus on your health. However, you might also want to attend to certain legal aspects.

answered by Gary Anderson

While your health should be your number one priority, legal matters are also important

Asbestos-related diseases are undoubtedly devastating. Nearly 3,000 people are annually diagnosed with mesothelioma in the U.S., while approximately 4,800 Americans lose their lives to lung cancer caused by occupational asbestos exposure every year. Receiving a cancer diagnosis has a profound impact on both the patient and their family, as this disease is often thought of as a death sentence. However, by choosing a highly experienced medical specialist, you will benefit from effective treatment which can improve your condition to a great extent, as well as extend your life expectancy. As far as the legal aspect is concerned, there are some essential matters it is highly recommended to take care of in order to receive the compensation you deserve and secure the future of your family.

If you struggle with asbestosis, mesothelioma or lung cancer, you are be eligible for financial compensation. Filing a claim with one or more asbestos trust funds under the guidance of a lawyer specializing in toxic tort litigation is almost guaranteed to provide you with a considerable amount of money if you were affected by occupational asbestos exposure. Legal representation is crucial and you should only choose the most competent professional. Our law firm has been helping thousands of clients obtain compensation for their injuries throughout the past 20 years. So far, we have recovered $1.4 billion for asbestos victims and we are bound to dedicate our endeavors to achieving the best outcome for you as well.

The compensation you will receive following the submission of an asbestos claim will help you cover your medical expenses and will also allow you to participate in clinical trials which might benefit your condition tremendously. Nevertheless, in addition to recovering compensation, there are other important legal aspects you should timely take care of for the wellbeing of your family, such as:

  • writing a will
  • naming a power of attorney
  • organizing your finances

Do you or a family member struggle with an asbestos-related disease? Environmental Litigation Group, P.C. has been providing quality legal assistance and representation to asbestos victims since 1990. If you would like to take legal recourse, please feel free to contact our office at (205) 328-9200 and we will thoroughly answer all your questions.

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