If you have been diagnosed with a cancer such as mesothelioma, no doubt your first reaction is shock and disbelief. You may be left reeling, worried what your prognosis will be, concerned about treatment options and worried what will happen to your family. You may already be consulting your health insurance to see what treatments are available, what is covered and how much it will cost. There are dozens of concerns to contend with, but here are three important actions to take if you are a victim of cancer from asbestos exposure.
#1 Take Care of Yourself First
If you don’t get started on your treatment right away, your options may be limited. There are advancements being made every day in cancer therapies that prolong life – even for the most dire of diagnoses. Your medical care should be your first priority. This may include getting a second opinion, consulting specialists who work with cutting-edge or experimental treatments and evaluating all of your palliative options for pain relief.
Take advantage of recommended treatments and follow up on any instructions from your treating physicians that will fight your illness and prolong your life. Try and be as stress free as possible, not only for your mental health, but also your physical health. Keeping your stress level as low as possible will make your life easier and be easier on your loved ones as well.
#2 Continue to Live Your Life
A diagnosis of cancer from asbestos exposure will feel like an immediate death sentence, but you may in fact have many months or even years left to live and spend with your loved ones. Giving in to defeat is one of the worst things you can do for your state of mind, for your health and for the well-being of your family. Continuing to live your life as normally as possible while you can is often the best course of action so that you can make the most of your time – however long or short that it is.
Depending on your prognosis, you may not want to continue working so you can focus instead on spending time with family. You may want to travel and see and do things you have put off, but now want to explore.
#3 Get the Answers You Deserve
If you worked in a high-risk industry for asbestos, you may already know how you were exposed. In other cases, asbestos-induced disease can occur in those who were exposed second-hand from a loved one who worked in a high-risk industry or in a variety of other ways. Working with a law firm that specializes in asbestos cases can help you get answers about how your health was endangered and who is responsible for what was done to you. Pursuing compensation for the damage done to your health and quality of life can make it financially possible for you to make the most of your time, to ensure you can afford medical care for your illness and leave a financial bequest for your loved ones.
Bergman Draper Oslund Can Help
At Bergman Draper Oslund, our expertise is asbestos law. That is all we do and we do it well. Of all the actions to take if you are a victim of mesothelioma from asbestos exposure, the most important one may be calling us to handle your compensation claim. While you focus on your health, we can get you the answers you deserve and pursue a financial settlement for the damages done to you by asbestos exposure.
Contact us as soon as possible so we can use our extensive research records on asbestos exposure to confirm how you were exposed and advise you on your options. We have won over $700 million in damages for asbestos victims and we are ready to help you today. Contact Bergman Draper Oslund today for a free consultation about your mesothelioma claim. Put our expertise to work for you today.