A mesothelioma diagnosis changes a person’s life, as well as the lives of their family. There can be countless difficult personal, financial and medical decisions that they must make, and everyone can be struggling to make sense of what happens next.
In the midst of all this, pursuing legal action may not always be top of mind. However, for the reasons we discuss below, filing a lawsuit can help victims and their families in several ways.
Economic and non-economic damages
Financial remedies can be the most apparent reason to pursue a legal claim after being diagnosed with mesothelioma. Depending on the type of action a person takes, a settlement or ruling could result in compensation for:
- Lost wages
- Medical bills
- Funeral expenses
- Lifestyle changes
- Loss of support or consortium
- Emotional distress
In addition, some courts award punitive damages on top of these specifically to punish wrongdoing.
However, it is crucial to note that initial settlements or insurance payments rarely reflect the total amount a person deserves. Thus, working with an attorney to maximize compensation is typically wise.
Holding a party accountable for wrongdoing or negligence can be crucial in helping injured parties and their families seek justice. When parties are not held liable for their actions, they could be more likely to continue with unsafe practices.
Holding the responsible party liable can also pave the way for other people affected by the same dangerous behavior to pursue legal action. Often, asbestos-related misconduct has far-reaching consequences when an employer failed to enforce safety protocols for employees working with asbestos.
Peace of mind
A legal claim cannot undo damage or bring a loved one back, but it can help victims and their families find a satisfactory resolution and peace of mind. In addition to damages and accountability, a lawsuit can connect parties with support resources and help them seek some closure.
If you are considering your options for legal action following a mesothelioma diagnosis, take these benefits into account to determine what is best for you and your family.