Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that develops in the lining of organs. The disease most commonly affects the lungs, and it is believed that mesothelioma of the lungs is caused primarily by environmental factors.
If you are suffering from mesothelioma, you may be entitled to compensation of some sort. This is because it is possible that you developed the disease as a result of your working environment. When the probable cause of mesothelioma is strongly linked to the working environment, you may be able to make a legal claim.
What are the causes of mesothelioma?
As with all types of cancer, pinning the exact cause of the disease is very difficult to do. However, by assessing your past work environments and lifestyle habits, you can gain some degree of accuracy.
Asbestos remains the strongest link between environmental toxins and mesothelioma. Studies have shown that prolonged exposure to asbestos can cause cell damage to the lungs. This can lead to mesothelioma.
If you have worked in an industry where asbestos was present, it is likely that you will be able to collect benefits. For example, asbestos was used in the military until the end of the 1970s. Many veterans are, unfortunately, suffering from mesothelioma today, as a result of this prolonged exposure.
Asbestos was also used in buildings and to insulate factories. Construction workers, factory workers and particularly those working on demolition projects have a high risk for asbestos exposure.
Am I eligible for compassionate allowances?
Social security benefits are provided by the government, and they provide allowances for those suffering with certain conditions. It is currently possible for allowances to be made to those diagnosed with mesothelioma. In order to qualify, you must have paid into Social Security when you were working, but you do not receive Social Security retirement pay.
If you are suffering from mesothelioma and you believe that you were exposed to asbestos in the past, it is important that you take action. You may be entitled to benefits that can help improve the quality of your life.