Families Affected by Asbestos and Benzene Exposure
Diseases contracted from asbestos and benzene exposure are some of the worst diagnoses a patient can receive. By the time that symptoms are apparent and a diagnosis is delivered, there is little that can be done for the patient other than try to alleviate pain and the debilitating physical effects of the disease. Coping with these diseases is both physically and emotionally taxing, not just for the patient, but for the family as well. Reactions of shock and disbelief often give way to anger at the employer whose negligence allowed the exposure that caused the disease.
The cost of treatment can be devastating to a family's finances. Even the best insurance plans can fail to cover certain treatment costs, and the overall cost of treatment for mesothelioma can range from $150,000 to over $1 million dollars. The most reliable way to prevent your family from being unduly burdened by expensive medical bills is to seek compensation from the company that put their profits ahead of the lives and safety of their employees.
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Family members are also at risk of contracting these diseases. Workers bring asbestos dust and fibers home on their clothes, skin, and hair, exposing the members of their household to risk. Their clothing is often washed in the same machine with the rest of the family's laundry, further contaminating other family members. As a result of this risk it is estimated that 1 in 100 household contacts of asbestos workers may develop mesothelioma within their lifetime.