Any cancer diagnosis is an unspeakably difficult experience, but learning that you have mesothelioma can be especially devastating. A particularly aggressive cancer, mesothelioma kills over 2,000 people each year in the United States. This terrible disease does not usually strike at random; it most often results from exposure to asbestos. Patients suffering from mesothelioma have a decreased life expectancy and must rely on various medical treatments to combat the cancer.
These medical treatments can lead to astronomically high hospital bills. They can be almost impossible to pay and are another drain on your resources and energy. The personal injury lawyers at Hankey Marks & Crider believe that brave individuals fighting mesothelioma should not also have to fight debt collectors, and our legal team can use the law to get you the monetary compensation you deserve. If a company, organization, or other party exposed you to asbestos, they are legally obligated to pay for the consequences. You may be able to receive financial compensation to help offset or even completely cover your medical bills and other costs as you battle mesothelioma.
An Overview of Mesothelioma
Mesothelioma affects the lives of thousands of US citizens each year. It is typically caused by exposure to asbestos. Asbestos is a naturally occurring substance that was once widely used in manufacturing. Asbestos was highly valued for its fire-retardant properties, particularly for home and commercial construction. Tragically, asbestos is also highly toxic. Breathing in even a small amount of asbestos can cause mesothelioma.
Mesothelioma got its name from the area of the body where it generates. The cancer lodges in the thin linings, or mesothelium, which surround many internal organs. There are three main types of mesothelioma.
- Pleural mesothelioma: Cancer in the lining around the lungs
- Peritoneal mesothelioma: Cancer in your abdomen’s lining
- Pericardial mesothelioma: Cancer in the lining around the heart cavity
Inhaled or swallowed asbestos fiber can cause terrible damage around the lungs, abdomen, and heart. Combating any of these types of mesothelioma requires intense medical intervention—and that means high hospital bills. An attorney can help guide you through the legal process to get the money you deserve for recovery.