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Compensation options for work-related asbestos exposure diseases

Mesothelioma  and other pleural diseases associated with occupational asbestos-exposure often takes years to develop. Once diagnosed, individuals are often left scrambling for help; the average life expectancy for individuals with mesothelioma is twelve months.

Fortunately there are compensation options available, but individuals need to act quickly. Attorneys representing these individuals should make sure they are aware that they can pursue both workers’ compensation and third-party asbestos injury claims at the same time. 

Benefits of pursuing a workers’ compensation claim for occupational asbestos exposure

Individuals who can demonstrate that they were exposed to asbestos at work may be able to recover workers’ compensation benefits. This is an excellent place for people to start because no proof of negligence is required. Workers’ compensation benefits will provide them with weekly benefits up to two-thirds of their pay as well as compensation for medical bills and expenses related to treating the disease.

If a surviving spouse can show that an individual’s life was shortened because of the asbestos exposure, then he/she may also pursue compensation to obtain the maximum weekly benefit.

Advantages of pursuing an asbestos injury claim

A downside of workers’ compensation benefits is that there are limits to what can be recovered. For families who are looking at life without a loved one, workers’ compensation may not be enough. There are several reasons whey an individual should investigate an asbestos injury claim.

• Special damages — Individuals may recover additional damages for pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of life.

• Fast-track resolution — Unlike other civil lawsuits, there is a special court to fast-track asbestos-injury lawsuits to ensure that people with mesothelioma and other related diseases have their day in court.

• Additional compensation — The attorneys in Minnesota who handle mesothelioma claims are extremely knowledgeable about these types of claims. They use their knowledge of asbestos exposure sites and evidence gathered over the years to help individuals maximize their compensation. While nothing can undo to the damage that has been done, ensuring the individuals are adequately compensated can bring needed security and comfort.

Individuals diagnosed with mesothelioma should consult with an attorney as soon as possible about their options. Workers’ compensation attorneys should assist their clients to ensure they are pursuing all available options.

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