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Mesothelioma and Litigation: How to get Cash for Asbestos Lung Cancer Palliative Care

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July 1, 2008

Mesothelioma and Litigation: How to get Cash for Asbestos Lung Cancer Palliative Care

Author: Peter Nisbet

Mesothelioma is a particularly nasty form of lung cancer, and
mesothelioma litigation is increasingly being used as a means of
getting cash for asbestos lung cancer palliative care. Without
it, many families would not be able to afford professional care
for their loved ones, and would have to tend for them themselves
at the worst possible time for them and for the patient.

Incidences of mesothelioma asbestos lung cancer are steadily
increasing, which indicates just how insidious this disease is.
Caused by inhalation of asbestos fibers, the symptoms can take
upwards of 40 years after exposure to appear, and may people who
suffer do not even remember being exposed to the substance. It
does not take much exposure, and many cannot understand the
diagnosis when it is available because they cannot remember ever
being exposed to asbestos.

There are no known 100% effective conventional medical
treatments for mesothelioma, and the prognosis is generally bad.
However, there are several things that can be done to alleviate
pain and make the patient’s life more comfortable. While drugs
can help, hospice care is an option that takes pressure of the
family and provides a comfortable environment for the patient.
However, these alternatives can be expensive and if
responsibility can be placed on an employer for the exposure
that ultimately led to the disease, then compensation can pay
for the palliative care.

This is not seeking charity, but rather making those responsible
pay for the treatment. A high level of compensation will be
needed to pay for the treatment and care needed, and in order to
achieve this result you will require the services of a good
mesothelioma attorney. Any lawyer will not do due to the
specialized knowledge needed to persuade judges and juries that
there very few causes of asbestos lung cancer other than
exposure to the fibrous silicates that make up asbestos.

The compensation awarded can be very large, although smokers
will receive less since their habit can be construed as
contributing to the disease. Mesothelioma is not just another
word for asbestos cancer, but is in fact a cancer of the
mesothelium, a membrane that lines many body cavities, including
the thoracic, or chest cavity. The lining of the lungs is called
the pleura, so mesothelioma refers to any form of lung cancer
involving that membrane. In fact 80% of mesothelioma cases are
caused by smoking.

It is therefore very difficult for smokers to blame asbestos
exposure for mesothelioma unless they have been working with
asbestos. However, a good asbestos attorney should be able to
secure a reasonable level of compensation, even for a smoker. It
will be a fight though, since the asbestos companies and
employers that required employees to work with the substance are
aware of the high levels of compensation being awarded, and now
actively fight such cases.

When you consult a law firm with a view to instructing them to
fight your mesothelioma case, you should insist on talking with
the attorney that will be handling your case. You can then
discuss your strategy, and you can make sure that your attorney
has had previous success with such cases. You don’t want to
retain a loser!

Ask questions, and determine the success rate of your
prospective attorney in such cases. He or she must also
appreciate your condition and understand how you feel, so that
they can fight your case properly. Nothing can beat experience
in a mesothelioma asbestos cancer lawsuit, so make sure that you
get the best you can afford. Better still: tell them their fee
depends upon them winning!

About the author:
For more information on mesothelioma litigation, and asbestos
lung cancer palliative care, check out Pete’s website on <a
ey.html"><b>Welsh health</b></a> where you will find lots of
good advice on choosing the right attorney.

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