Many of the people who are diagnosed with illnesses like mesothelioma and asbestosis are victims of asbestos exposure on the job. In some cases, these conditions are automatically considered to be a workplace illness, which means that victims are eligible to collect workers’ compensation.
But there is a big difference between knowing these benefits are available and actually taking steps to collect them. Workers’ compensation is a complicated and robust system that can be very difficult to navigate, especially when a person is already dealing with the stress of a serious and life-threatening illness.
It is for this reason that legal representation and support can be critical for people who are suffering from a workplace-related illness and their families.
Applying for benefits can present some significant challenges. There is a lot of information that must be submitted with an application, from medical records to employment history. There is also a real chance that an initial application could be denied and a person will have to go through the process of filing an appeal. This can all prove to be very overwhelming.
However, securing workers’ compensation can be crucial for victims of mesothelioma and asbestosis. As slow-moving as this system can be, it generally helps people start collecting money sooner than other sources of compensation, including negligence claims or product liability claims.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with an asbestos-related illness or believe you have been exposed to the toxic mineral on the job, it can be essential to consider your legal options sooner, rather than later. The attorneys at Wallace & Graham can help you identify the medical and legal resources that are in place in order to get you the help you need. Your individual case could involve a number of potential claims, including workers’ compensation, and pursuing each claim can be crucial in getting you and your family the financial support you need and deserve.