Communication can be a crucial part of healing

These days, people are constantly communicating with each other. We can text, email, call or video chat with a few clicks on our phones. Answers to pretty much any question can be found online; sharing information is as easy as posting a news story on Facebook. The speed with which we can send and receive information is faster than ever.

Unfortunately, communication — or rather, the lack of communication — is often to blame for asbestos-related illnesses. Too many people have developed deadly conditions because they were never told about asbestos and information about how to protect against the toxic fiber was not made as available as it should have been. But after being diagnosed with a mesothelioma, asbestosis or lung cancer, it can be crucial to re-focus on communication.

Speaking with your doctor will be critical. If you are suffering with lung or chest problems, you need to be sure that you discuss any potential asbestos exposure events with your physician. This can help them make a well-informed diagnosis that can result in faster, more effective treatment.

You can also reach out to an attorney who can make sure you understand the rights and options you have to hold the party or parties responsible for your illness liable. With your attorney, you can discuss what conditions may have led to exposure as well as how your illness has affected you, your family and your future.

Communication can be essential when it comes to pursuing benefits for asbestos-related diseases. Even though you may be the victim of absent or lacking communication, you can use it to your advantage to get the medical and legal help you need to hold accountable those who hid or withheld information from you.

Speaking with your doctor and an attorney can open important lines of communication and help you seek the support — both medical and legal — you may need and deserve. For more information on you can contact one of our attorneys to discuss your case, please visit our asbestos litigation website.