May 31st marks the 24th annual Senior Health and Fitness Day. Everyone is aware of the benefits that come from regular exercise, but unfortunately many of our clients who have mesothelioma, lung cancer, asbestosis, or other diseases are unable to participate. These illnesses cause chest pains, breathing difficulties, and other symptoms that often weaken the individual to a point of immobility.
What is Mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma is an incurable form of cancer caused by asbestos exposure. Asbestos is a naturally-occurring, fibrous mineral once used in many products due to its strength and ability to resist heat. If asbestos is disturbed, the fibers become airborne resulting in inhalation or ingestion, which causes mesothelioma or other cancers. For many, asbestos exposure occurred while working in industries that employed tradesmen, Navy vets, and construction crewmembers.
Mesothelioma Patients Often Lose Independence
Due to the fact that so many with asbestos-related diseases are bed-ridden, they often require full-time caregivers. This is especially true of older patients who may suffer from other medical problems and have a lower survivability rate. A caregiver’s responsibilities include keeping the patient comfortable, taking them to doctor or hospital appointments, and ensuring they take any necessary medications. The caregiver role often falls to the spouse, parent, or child of the patient. This can be daunting due to the heavy emotions involved and the fact that he or she will likely be needed for any financial and legal decisions as well.
Asbestos Lawsuits and Estate Planning Assistance
Our experienced attorneys have been working with families affected by asbestos for more than 30 years. We are dedicated to fighting for the rights of victims of exposure and can guide you through the financial and legal processes following the diagnosis of an asbestos-related disease.