Mesothelioma, lung cancer and asbestosis are serious diseases caused by the inhalation of asbestos dust, particles and fibers, usually during construction, maritime, commercial or industrial work prior to the 1980’s. Generally, it takes decades for the symptoms of these diseases to begin to develop, and patients and their families are left blindsided by the diagnosis. While obtaining adequate medical care is the number one priority for individuals with these conditions, exploring all potential avenues of compensation is also key to ensuring that the funds for medical care, lost wages, and other damages are available.
Individuals who worked for a company that used asbestos are at a high risk for developing asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma, and may be eligible for workers’ compensation if they do.
What Benefits Does Workers’ Compensation Provide?
For patients who developed asbestosis or mesothelioma through their employment with a company that used asbestos, workers’ compensation may be a viable option to obtain benefits like medical care and financial assistance. Medical care for asbestos-related diseases, including surgical procedures and medications, may be completely covered if the individual can provide proof that their original exposure to asbestos came from the company in question. In cases of mesothelioma, workers’ compensation may cover disability assistance, and may even provide benefits to the family of a deceased employee.
The Challenges of Filing For Workers’ Compensation
Filing for workers’ compensation can be a difficult process, and often, the benefits received only provide a partial replacement for lost income. Certain medical treatments may not be available through workers’ compensation, and in some cases, an individual waives his or her right to file a lawsuit against the company if a workers’ compensation claim is made.
Knowing when and how to file for workers’ compensation is critical to obtaining the maximum amount of benefits possible from various sources. By working with an experienced mesothelioma attorney, you can learn more about what workers’ compensation can provide your family, and if filing is right for you.
Contact an Experienced California Asbestos Attorney Today
If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or asbestosis, it is important that you take action right away. Contact a skilled Sacramento asbestos lawyer as soon as possible to discuss your case and to begin the process of obtaining medical care, compensation for lost wages, and benefits for your family.
Attorney Stephen Healy is an experienced lawyer who has spent years successfully advocating for the rights of individuals and families affected by asbestos exposure. He is dedicated to providing each of his clients with comprehensive, aggressive legal representation, and will work hard to see that your case reaches a positive conclusion. When you need step by step guidance through the obstacles that asbestos-related diseases present, don’t hesitate to reach out to someone who knows what you’re going through and has the expertise and resources to help you.
Contact Attorney Healy today for a consultation by calling (707) 772-5496.