A mesothelioma diagnosis can force a person to retire early while facing expensive medical bills. As a result, many people rely on public benefit programs to pay for the high cost of treatment. However, many patients can file a lawsuit in addition to collecting public benefits, giving them the maximum amount of financial support they need.
Mesothelioma Patients May Be Eligible for Several Benefit Types
Even if you are currently receiving multiple types of benefits for your mesothelioma, you can still file a third-party lawsuit to get compensation for your disease. A successful claim can be worth much more than the amounts offered through benefit programs and can provide compensation for pain and suffering—a cost typically not covered by medical and wage replacement benefits.
You may be able to file a mesothelioma lawsuit in addition to collecting:
Most asbestos exposure occurs in the workplace, making employees eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. Workers who file these claims may recover for costs related to treatment as well as a portion of lost wages.
Social Security Disability
Mesothelioma is a recognized condition under the Social Security disability program, and claimants usually qualify for expedited payment.
If you are over age 65 or you have been approved for Social Security disability benefits, you may also qualify for Medicare. This insurance coverage can be used to pay for the medical costs of your illness.
If you were exposed to asbestos during your time in the military, you may be eligible for disability and healthcare benefits through the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). If you choose to file a mesothelioma lawsuit, you should know that these claims are filed against the manufacturers or distributors of the products containing asbestos that caused your illness, not the military or federal government.
The attorneys at Neblett, Beard & Arsenault know how overwhelming a mesothelioma diagnosis can be. That is why we offer a free consultation for all mesothelioma clients, and we do not charge for our services until after your claim is settled. Simply fill out the contact form on this page, or learn more about your options in our free eBook, Mesothelioma and Your Legal Rights.