My dad was exposed to asbestos while at work which lead to him contracting the deadly disease, eventually leading to his untimely death. The symptoms of Mesothelioma were non-specific and it took more than 30 years to appear from the time he was exposed to asbestos at his workplace. The symptoms included shortness of breath and severe pain in his chest due to accumulation of fluid around his lungs. It also led to him losing weight.
Now my mother has developed Mesothelioma because she handled his clothing. In spite of this disease being quite rare, it can be developed even if one member of the family is exposed to asbestos and brings it home on the clothes. It can affect family members through secondary exposure, just as it happened in my family. Though it occurs more among men than women and the risk of developing it is more for older people, there are chances that it can appear among either gender at any age.
As my mother has also developed this disease, there are only a few options for me to be able to take care of the family financially. One option is to file lawsuits against the company where my father was exposed to asbestos. Now, many states have enacted laws which enable family members to claim compensation from the employer of the victim. The lawsuit must be filed within a particular timeframe. I can make a claim for various consequences like:
After filing lawsuit against the company, it will be necessary to prove the following:
When both my parents developed this deadly disease, I thought of the option of filing for bankruptcy. However, I checked out the option of compensation prior to going for bankruptcy. I would not have been eligible for compensation for following reasons:
Choosing a capable lawyer to fight your case will help in getting thousands of dollars. Thus, it is better to go for the option of claiming compensation where there is the chance of settlement rather than looking at the option of filing bankruptcy.