LEGALLY REVIEWED BY:
Stephen R. Hasner
Managing Partner at Hasner Law PC
July 5, 2024

Mesothelioma is a rare and aggressive form of cancer primarily caused by exposure to asbestos. While mesothelioma can develop as a result of various types of asbestos exposure, it is commonly associated with occupational exposure in industries such as construction, manufacturing, and shipbuilding. Given the link between mesothelioma and workplace exposure to asbestos, many individuals diagnosed with this devastating disease wonder whether they are eligible for workers’ compensation benefits to help cover the costs associated with their diagnosis and treatment.

A mesothelioma diagnosis is a life-altering event that typically leaves individuals and their families grappling with uncertainty and financial strain. At Hasner Law, we understand the profound impact a mesothelioma diagnosis has on individuals and their loved ones. With over eight decades of experience in workers’ compensation and personal injury law, our dedicated team provides compassionate and effective legal representation to those affected by mesothelioma.

Can You Get Workers’ Compensation for Mesothelioma?

Workers’ compensation is a form of insurance that provides benefits to employees who suffer work-related injuries or illnesses. In order to qualify for workers’ compensation benefits for mesothelioma, individuals must meet certain eligibility criteria. These criteria generally include factors such as:

  • Proof of asbestos exposure in the workplace
  • Diagnosis of mesothelioma by a qualified medical professional
  • Evidence linking the mesothelioma diagnosis to workplace asbestos exposure
  • Compliance with statutory deadlines for filing a workers’ compensation claim

Obtaining workers’ compensation for mesothelioma can be complex. Mesothelioma has a long latency period, often developing decades after initial asbestos exposure. This can make it challenging to pinpoint the exact time and source of exposure. Workers with multiple jobs over their careers may also need to demonstrate that their mesothelioma is linked to a specific employer, complicating the claim process.

Legal Options for Mesothelioma Patients

Workers’ compensation benefits for mesothelioma may cover various costs associated with the disease, including medical expenses, lost wages, vocational rehabilitation, and disability benefits. These benefits are intended to provide financial support to mesothelioma patients and their families during a difficult and challenging time. Additionally, workers’ compensation benefits may also provide coverage for funeral expenses and death benefits for surviving family members in the event of a mesothelioma-related death.

In addition to workers’ compensation, mesothelioma patients may have other legal avenues to pursue compensation, including:

  • Asbestos Trust Funds: Established by bankrupt asbestos manufacturers, these trust funds compensate individuals exposed to asbestos products.
  • Personal Injury Lawsuits: You may file a lawsuit against manufacturers, suppliers, or other parties responsible for your asbestos exposure.
  • Veterans’ Benefits: Veterans exposed to asbestos during military service may be eligible for benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

Navigating the workers’ compensation system can be overwhelming, especially when dealing with a serious illness like mesothelioma. As such, individuals diagnosed with mesothelioma are encouraged to seek the guidance of an experienced attorney who can help them understand their rights and guide them through the benefits recovery process. An attorney can assist with claims, gather evidence to support the claim, and advocate for maximum benefits.

Recover Workers’ Compensation Benefits in Georgia After a Mesothelioma Diagnosis

If you or someone you care about has been diagnosed with mesothelioma in Georgia, don’t hesitate to reach out to a knowledgeable workers’ compensation attorney with Hasner Law for assistance. Our dedicated attorneys will provide personalized attention to your case and fight tirelessly on your behalf.

Mesothelioma is a devastating diagnosis, but understanding your rights and options for compensation can provide financial relief and support during this challenging time. Contact Hasner Law today to schedule a free consultation and take the first step towards securing the benefits and compensation you deserve by calling (678) 928-8784 or filling out our contact form.

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Stephen Hasner is the founder and managing partner of Hasner Law PC. Since being licensed in Florida in 1997 and in Georgia in 1999, Stephen has worked tirelessly to help Georgia residents navigate the legal process following a serious injury. This includes injuries sustained at work, in motor vehicle accidents, and in cases of personal injury. The team at Hasner Law is dedicated to securing compensation for their clients who have been injured through no fault of their own.