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What to Do If You Have a Family Member with a Terminal Lung Disease Caused by Asbestos Exposure

Posted on 23rd June, 2021

by Legal Staff

By virtue of the numerous convenient properties it has, such as extreme heat resistance, durability, and inability to conduct electricity, asbestos was extremely popular during the last century.

However, while asbestos companies had been aware of the dangers of exposure since the 1920s, they chose to keep the harrowing diseases exposure to it can result in a secret from workers and the general public until the 1980s, when more and more reputable medical studies highlighting this issue came to light.

As a consequence of the greediness of the asbestos companies, millions of workers and veterans were heavily exposed to this carcinogenic mineral. Nevertheless, because diseases that stem from asbestos exposure take between 20 and 50 years to develop, it was only recently that people with a history of asbestos exposure began receiving terrible diagnoses. Unfortunately, many individuals who come to struggle with diseases caused by occupational or military asbestos exposure find out about their afflictions when it is too late.

The reasons why so many people are diagnosed with terminal lung cancer or mesothelioma as a result of asbestos exposure are numerous and they include the following:

  • medical professionals overlook diseases caused by asbestos exposure due to their rareness
  • these diseases are not sufficiently documented in the medical literature
  • the prevalence of misdiagnosis among victims of asbestos exposure is very high
  • both medical specialists and patients fail to bring up the issue of asbestos exposure during the appointment

Regardless of the reason why your family member was diagnosed with a late-stage lung disease caused by asbestos exposure, it is important to know that we can help you recover financial compensation on their behalf so that they can afford treatment or palliative care. One of the most essential aspects you should keep in mind if you have a loved one who struggles with a terminal lung disease stemming from asbestos exposure is that you have to seek compensation as soon as possible, as the process of filing a toxic exposure claim is very complex and challenging even for the most experienced attorney.

What Are the Steps I Need to Follow If I Have a Very Sick Family Member?

The first step you have to take if your family member suffers from a terminal lung disease caused by asbestos exposure is to contact our expert team. We will make the process of filing a claim for asbestos exposure considerably easier for you, as our professionals will thoroughly assess your situation to determine whether you are eligible for compensation. The only documents we need from you are the employment or military records of your sick family member, as well as their medical records.

If we come to the conclusion that you are entitled to financial compensation, we will promptly guide you to a lawyer whose primary area of practice is toxic exposure so that they can further aid you with the legal process. The following are usually the next steps of the process of recovering compensation for your loved one:

  • you will have to provide your attorney with the same documents you sent our team
  • your lawyer will carefully prepare your asbestos claim for submission
  • in the meantime, their legal team will gather additional evidence to support your asbestos claim
  • by using their vast database, the legal team will help you and your family member identify the exact asbestos products they were exposed to, as well as the companies responsible for their toxic exposure
  • your attorney and their legal team will take care of the rest of the paperwork that must accompany your asbestos claim
  • the asbestos claim is filed with the asbestos trust funds of the companies that filed for bankruptcy, the former asbestos companies that are still in business, and, if your family member is a veteran, with the VA as well
  • it is important to know that, if your loved one is terminally ill, their asbestos claim will be expedited by your attorney so that you can obtain the money you need as soon as possible
  • eventually, within several months following claim submission, you and your family member will receive the maximum compensation available from all the sources

We cannot stress enough the importance of starting the legal process immediately after your loved one receives their diagnosis, as, regrettably, there is a high chance that they may lose their life in the meantime. Nonetheless, you should know that, if your family member who was injured by asbestos exposure passes away during the legal process, you can step in and continue it on their behalf.

While the sum of money you will receive will be smaller, as you will no longer have to attend to matters such as healthcare and treatment, we strongly encourage you to carry on the legal process, as the compensation you will eventually obtain may help you with the cost of the funeral.

File a Claim for Asbestos Exposure on Behalf of a Family Member with the Help of Atraxia Law

In the regrettable case that you have a family member whose health was severely affected by asbestos exposure, we are here to provide you with quality assistance.

Our team of professionals will carefully assess your case, as we have over 35 years of experience in evaluating personal injury claims, and eventually, let you know with certainty whether you are eligible for compensation.

Because we know how difficult it is to have a very sick family member and to be in urgent need of money, we will strive to make the process as easy as possible for you. Accordingly, we will only need the employment or military records of your loved one and their medical records. Our team will take into account factors such as the severity of their asbestos exposure, the number of companies that exposed them to asbestos, and the severity of their diagnosis.