Each year, 3,000 people in Kentucky and across the United States are diagnosed with mesothelioma, a rare type of lung cancer that forms due to asbestos exposure. Most people who have mesothelioma were exposed to the asbestos while working. Mesothelioma has approximately a 40 percent survival rate if it is caught and treated while in its early stages, so getting a proper diagnosis and prompt medical treatment is crucial. Because most cancer cases are work-related, people with the disease may be able to receive compensation.
The average date of exposure to asbestos and the time when cancer forms is typically 40 years. This means that many people who are diagnosed with mesothelioma were exposed to it many years ago and may not realize that they can receive medical compensation. In order to receive compensation, it must be shown that a business acted negligently. Businesses have the responsibility to provide a safe work environment for their employees. Many businesses whose employees were exposed to asbestos knew about the dangers of the asbestos prior to hiring employees; this indicates negligence on the business' part.
The financial cost of having mesothelioma can be high. Surgery, medications, continual doctor visits and home health nurses are often necessary for proper treatment. Additionally, people who have mesothelioma may have to stop working while receiving treatment. This can harm a family financially. Mesothelioma compensation is available to help those who have the disease get the help they need.
Though compensation laws vary by state, in Kentucky, people who suffer from mesothelioma may be able to receive compensation for the cost of medical care and loss of wages. Families of individuals who have died from mesothelioma may be able to file a wrongful death suit against the business who was responsible for the asbestos exposure. If a person worked at a large commercial site or military site known to have had asbestos, a lawyer may be able to file a civil suit against the business on the sufferer's behalf in order to help him or her receive compensation.