Asbestos is a naturally occurring fibrous mineral form of magnesium silicate that is naturally resistant to fire, electricity and most corrosive chemicals. In the past it was used extensively for fireproofing in construction materials such as building materials, electrical insulation, brake linings, and chemical filters. Unfortunately, tens of thousands of unknowing workers were exposed to the deadly asbestos in the workplace during the 20th century before the fibers were known to cause the deadly disease called mesothelioma.
Who is at Risk of Developing Mesothelioma?
Of course, not only were the workers exposed to asbestos, but their family members were exposed too. Exposure came in the home on the clothing and shoes of the asbestos workers and then inhaled or ingested by their family members and loved ones. In addition to the workers and their families, whole communities were exposed as a result of their close proximity to the asbestos mines and processing plants.
In the late 1970's, when the government finally recognized the dangers of asbestos publicly, thousands of asbestos victims filed lawsuits against dozens of companies that were mining or producing asbestos products. The sheer volume of the lawsuits caused all of the asbestos producing companies to eventually file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The government mandated that a trust fund be set up by the companies and then required each to fund it. The costs were so found to be so high and the damage so vast, it was the only way to make certain that all of the victims would be compensated fairly for the damage to their health. The fund for mesothelioma and other related diseases currently holds more than $30 billion in funds ready to compensate the victims for losses.
Medical Care for the Victims of Mesothelioma
At this point in time, there is no known cure for mesothelioma; the disease is always fatal. Management of symptoms is currently the only treatment available to victims. There are three primary treatment options used to alleviate symptoms and slow the progression including chemotherapy, radiation therapy and surgery. These are not the greatest options and they have many side-effects, and the outcome is always death - never a cure. In fact, the average lifespan upon diagnosis is typically less than 18 months. Early detection can improve the prognosis if treatment is aggressive, but again, the side-effects can be brutal and there is no cure for the disease.
File a Claim with the Trust Fund
Treatment is very costly and palliative in nature and it is only right that the victims be compensated for their diminished life. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, or a mesothelioma-related disease, there is an established trust fund currently holding in excess of $30 billion to help you get the treatment you need to ease your symptoms and leave your family with some economic security. Settlements have historically been in the $1-$1.4 million range.
Filing a claim for compensation can be fraught with complications and hiring an experienced attorney that is well versed in the area of mesothelioma and mesothelioma-related diseases can prove to be the difference between a modest settlement versus financial security for you and your loved ones. The attorneys at Zinda Law Group can help you get your claim filed and we can negotiate a fair settlement too. Call us at (800) 863-5312 and speak with an attorney. We have the experience you need. The call and the consultation are free, so call today and let us help you.