A mesothelioma diagnosis is devastating. Along with coping with the emotional aspects, mesothelioma victims have to evaluate their treatment options and manage their health care while dealing with treatment side effects. Another important consideration for mesothelioma victims and their families is the financial toll the disease takes on the family finances and how to regain financial stability after mesothelioma.
A father who worked for 22 years at a paper mill died at the age of 44 after years of asbestos exposure and developing mesothelioma. It was not uncommon for him to work overtime and not get paid for the hours over and above his normal eight-hour shift. However, he wisely planned for his family’s financial future (which allowed his wife to remain at home) on a meager income from his retirement and survivor benefits.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, fathers are the only wage-earners for 20% of families in the United States, and many continue working in industries that put them at a risk for asbestos exposure. Middle class families whose fathers are diagnosed with mesothelioma are more likely to face financial ruin in the aftermath of the disease. Widows often find themselves as the lone provider.
Career planning specialists offer support for those who need to return to the working world after suffering the loss of a spouse who succumbed to mesothelioma. While jumping back into the workforce may seem daunting, a person need only to consider the strength it took to see their spouse through their mesothelioma illness and the job search may become much more manageable. Having a job often provides meaningful purpose and focus to those who may be floundering after the loss of their spouse.
It is not uncommon for many women who have been removed from the workforce, due to raising their children, to realize that the work environment has drastically changed and to discover they have gaps in their employment history. It is more beneficial to create a resume that focuses career and personal accomplishments rather than listing accomplishments and employment chronologically. Higher education is also an option worth considering as it may be the path to boost employment prospects.
The VA offers help to U.S. veterans and their families affected by the death of a loved one from mesothelioma. Trust funds set aside by negligent companies to take care of the financial needs of families are sometimes available.
When suffering from losing someone to mesothelioma or any other life-threatening illness, it is not wise to make life-altering decisions during the grieving process. Widows of mesothelioma victims may think the solution to their heartache is to sell the family home and start over. However, changing locations will not ease the pain from the loss and can sometimes end up adding to a family’s financial burden.
Philadelphia mesothelioma lawyers at Brookman, Rosenberg, Brown & Sandler secure financial compensation for those who have lost a loved one to mesothelioma and for those who are faced with a mesothelioma diagnosis as a result of exposure to asbestos. We can help you to determine if you or your family members qualify for compensation for medical treatment, bills, pain and suffering or lost wages. Call our asbestos lawyers in Philadelphia at 800-369-0899 to schedule an appointment or fill out our online contact form for help in securing the financial compensation you deserve.
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