Mesothelioma is a form of cancer in the lungs that develops because of exposure to asbestos. A mesothelioma diagnosis can be devastating to the person receiving the diagnosis, and to the family and friends who surround them. If you were exposed to asbestos because of a mistake by a manufacturer or your work, you may be entitled to compensation. A serious diagnosis like this can cause the person with the diagnosis to reevaluate the relationships with most people in their life.
Communication with your friends may change. Certain people may want to know all the details of what is happening with your medical care, while others may not want to know the details of the medical issues but may want to help you in other ways or check in with you more often. Some people may also inevitably pull away from you. For those family and friends who you can count on to stay by your side, they may offer to help, but may not know how.
After a serious diagnosis, provide concrete ideas for ways family, friends, and neighbors can help when they are not sure how to contribute. A friend can help organize a calendar for when others can be responsible for cooking or bringing meals on a certain day or time. If you need groceries or supplies, a handy list of the items you need can be helpful. Certain grocery stores even offer on-line checklists by isle, which you can utilize. Another person may be able to help arrange a cleaning service that can clean your home if you are unable. A list of chores that you need help with is also helpful.
After a serious cancer diagnosis, you or your family may need assistance with outdoor chores. If you need rides to and from treatment, you may need assistance in coordinating those rides. If you live alone or have a spouse who is not home during the day, you may want to see if neighbors or others can check in on you periodically. If you were the person who was the primary caretaker at the home, it may feel difficult to ask for help with your everyday tasks. Receiving a serious diagnosis and undergoing treatment is enough to bring even the strongest person to a point where needing help is inevitable.
After a mesothelioma diagnosis, contact the Philadelphia mesothelioma lawyers at Brookman, Rosenberg, Brown & Sandler to look further at your situation to determine if you are entitled to compensation. We serve people with mesothelioma throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Call us at 215-569-4000 or contact us online for an initial consultation today.