Getting a mesothelioma diagnosis is life-changing, to say the least. You may have feared it was the cause of your symptoms after learning about the risks of asbestos, as well as how commonplace the substance was in the past.
According to the Minnesota Department of Health, mesothelioma cases predominantly result from exposure to asbestos in the workplace. If you suspect your former work responsibilities or workplace exposed you to asbestos – and, in turn, led to your diagnosis – then what should you do?
There are two important steps you should take.
1. Get the information you need
First, you should get all of the details about your diagnosis in order. Learning more from doctors and conducting your own research about your diagnosis can provide you with helpful information about your care options.
However, there are some other important pieces of information you should take time to collect and evaluate if you suspect your diagnosis is connected to a former job. You should procure:
- Copies of your medical records, especially about your diagnosis
- Documentation of your job history
- A collection of your own notes detailing symptoms, memories from work and potential exposure
As we have discussed in previous blog posts, collecting this information can be critical to link your diagnosis to your former work.
2. Seek knowledgeable guidance
Minnesotans exposed to asbestos and diagnosed with mesothelioma have the right to pursue financial compensation. However, moving forward with a lawsuit and dealing with big companies can be overwhelming, especially on top of health concerns and treatment.
That is why it is often beneficial to speak with legal advocates who have experience handling mesothelioma claims. Local firms who focus on helping individuals with mesothelioma claims understand how to effectively:
- Manage these complex cases, and ensure everything is in order in the claim
- Handle big companies – or former employers – across Minnesota
- Help collect the evidence necessary to connect the diagnosis to occupational exposure
Obtaining guidance can not only help individuals secure compensation after a mesothelioma diagnosis, but also take a weight off of their shoulders while they focus on their treatment, health and family.