Assistance for Mesothelioma Patients

Mesothelioma is a fight for your life that brings physical, mental, emotional, and financial challenges. You are not alone in your struggle against mesothelioma. We’re here to help during this difficult time. Many forms of assistance are available for mesothelioma patients. These resources can improve your treatment and prognosis.

Mesothelioma Help Center provides information about mesothelioma diagnosis, treatment, and financial and legal assistance. On this site you can learn about asbestos exposure and the different types of mesothelioma, connect with local mesothelioma medical experts, and find ways to pay for treatment.

A mesothelioma diagnosis changes your life forever. In the early stages, you will probably spend much of your time and energy undergoing medical treatment and dealing with the sometimes-unpleasant side effects. As your body and mind adjust to the hardships of the disease, you may find the financial cost of treatment to be an increasing burden. There are many resources available for mesothelioma patients and their families. Knowing how to access them will ensure that you receive the best care possible.

Veteran Assistance

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) offers a number of benefits to veterans who were exposed to asbestos during their service and developed mesothelioma. Veteran benefits include mesothelioma treatment at VA facilities, disability compensation, an increased monthly pension amount for aid and attendance, housing benefits, transportation assistance, and survivor benefits for loved ones. An extension of the Veterans Choice Program allows veterans to access mesothelioma treatment in the private sector.

If you served in the military and developed mesothelioma, and you were not dishonorably discharged, you have the right to VA benefits. Mesothelioma Help Center can connect you with claims experts who will explain what veteran benefits are available to you, help you successfully navigate the claims process, and make sure you receive the best treatment possible.

Financial Assistance

The cost of mesothelioma is one of the disease’s most stressful aspects. While health insurance should cover a portion of your bills, you might have to pay out of pocket for some treatments. Mesothelioma costs also include travel, loss of income, living expenses, medication, special food, home care, and other professional services.

These costs can quickly add up and in the long term, they might make it necessary to look for financial assistance. Fortunately, there are public and private organizations and programs that help to cover patient costs such as treatment and medication, travel, lodging, and meals, and counseling. Patients may also be eligible for financial assistance through programs such as Medicaid, Social Security, the Hill-Burton program, and private disability.

Legal Assistance

The asbestos industry knew for decades that their products had deadly side effects, but they failed to warn the public. By the time asbestos was officially named a human carcinogen, countless people had been exposed and died as a result.

Since the 1980s, however, asbestos companies have paid billions of dollars to compensate victims of mesothelioma and other asbestos diseases. Government programs also now recognize occupational asbestos exposure and provide compensation to victims.

But even if you quality for money from asbestos companies and government benefit programs, the claims processes are complex and errors can lead to a claim being denied. One of the most difficult issues is proving that your mesothelioma is linked to asbestos exposure that may have occurred 20-30 or more years ago. Working with an experienced mesothelioma attorney ensures that you receive the money you deserve for the treatment you need.

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