Posted on | August 17, 2012 | 9 Comments
My father is recovering from prostate surgery. He served as an engineer, mostly on amphibious assault ships, back before the dangers of materials like asbestos was widely known. Thus, I amy sympathetic to the need to take care of old duffers wherever you find them, and present this post as a public service announcement:
The Financial Hardships of a Veteran with Mesothelioma
by Douglas Karr
Veterans are people who have served our country and put their lives on the line for other people. This is why it is unfortunate that veterans are the most likely to get mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is a very fatal cancer that happens if a person is overly exposed to asbestos. Asbestos can be found in old walls and construction materials, and being exposed to it for a very long time can be a major problem. Mesothelioma is often deadly because it is not normally caught until it is in its late stages.
The reason veterans are at greater risk for developing this cancer is simply because of all of the areas they may have traveled to. For example, you might have been stationed in an old and abandoned building for months or even years at a time. The old building may have had walls with asbestos or you may have even been told to renovate the building while there. Being exposed to asbestos is a major problem because it can cause mesothelioma over time. As stated before, this cancer is often not detected until it is simply too late.
One of the major things that every veteran should be aware of is that they can and should be compensated for their suffering. If you can prove that you acquired mesothelioma while in the military, you can definitely get money for your problems. While this cancer is often deadly, the money you receive can help your loved ones and the medical bills that you incur. When it comes to dealing with mesothelioma, it is best that you take the steps to speak with a financial adviser and attorney whom will both be able to help you out further on your quest to being fully compensated.
The first step on your journey is to speak with an attorney. The attorney you choose should be knowledgeable when it comes to mesothelioma and dealing with cases of this nature. The more experience your attorney has, the better outcome you can expect with your own case. Your new lawyer will be able to discuss everything with you and tell you how to go about setting up a case. Most mesothelioma cases will win in court, especially if you are a veteran and contracted the cancer while working for the government. You could get a lot of compensation in return for your suffering when you go to court.
Many veterans with mesothelioma do not think about being compensated in any way, but the truth is that you deserve it. Your family will also benefit from this type of compensation so that they will be financially stable. A reputable financial adviser will also be able to let you know what you should expect when it comes to going to court with this type of case. It is a good idea to get as much financial and professional advice as possible so that you can be sure you are doing what is right when it comes to receiving any form of compensation.
The amount of money you receive as compensation is relatively personal, since every veteran cancer patient will receive a different amount depending on their specific case. You will be able to work with an attorney to decipher how much you should ask for before going to court. The entire process of going to court may take some time, but it is definitely worth it in the end when you get money for your suffering. You should expect the case to be open for several weeks or even months before it is fully resolved by your attorney and the judge who is hearing the case.
As a veteran, you deserve the utmost respect and help for you ability to protect the country. Even with mesothelioma, you will be able to protect your family and keep them financially stable. It is important to get your financial life together and visit your doctor regularly if you have recently been diagnosed with this condition. This will help to put your mind at ease when it comes to leaving your loved ones behind to fend for themselves. Be sure to speak with a professional attorney in your area to find out more about the financial aspect to mesothelioma.