Being diagnosed with mesothelioma can be a terrifying experience for many patients. The diagnosis is often associated with a high mortality rate and patients are often confused at the diagnosis, as well as the prognosis that has been made once the patient hears the words mesothelioma spoken by the health care professional.
Patient Rights after Being Diagnosed
What should you consider when it comes to the diagnosis that has been made? The first thing that the patient should consider is the type of mesothelioma that they have been diagnosed with. There are three types of mesothelioma and various treatment options that are available for each of these types of the cancer. The patient has many options that are available once they have been diagnosed with the disease. The patient should consider the various treatment options that are available to them, including treatments that can be chosen from.
For patients that are seeking alternative and cutting edge treatments, there are many options that are available. Patients can choose to research and enroll in studies that can include various research and medications that are currently being tested, to give the patient hope about any off label medication uses or various procedures that can be completed to help eradicate the cancer from the body. Researching these various courses of treatment can be an effective way to ensure that the best treatment plan has been established. This way, you can ensure that you are going to get the best standard of care in the case that traditional therapies have not worked to cure the mesothelioma.
Before taking part in these courses of asbestos cancer treatment that is found in medical research studies however, the patient should understand that there is a chance that the patient is going to not receive the treatment and rather, receive a placebo through the course of the treatment. In addition, there are many studies that require the patient to only undergo the course of treatment that has been completed in the research study and foregoing all other courses of treatment that are being completed. This means that the patient must make some tough decisions when it comes to their treatment plan and how they are going to continue with their rights as a patient.
Legal Rights for Asbestos Exposure
Once the Mesothelioma diagnosis has been made and the treatment plan has been established, the patient should begin to consider their legal rights that are associated with the diagnosis that has been made. The legal rights of the patient include the ability to file a claim against the company that had been responsible for the exposure in the first place.
What should be considered when deciding the amount of the claim that is going to be made against the company? First, the patient should consider the type of mesothelioma that they have been diagnosed with. Once they have considered the type of mesothelioma, the patient can consider the impact that the diagnosis has had on their life and the cost of the medical procedures and treatments that are going to be made.
Considering this information can help the patient to determine the amount of the claim that can be made against the company that is responsible for the exposure to the asbestos that has caused the diagnosis in the first place. Using this information, combined with the amount of earnings that have been lost because of the diagnosis and the amount earnings that are going to be lost in the future can help the patient to consider the amount of the claim that is going to be made against the company.
The first step to learning about the legal options that are available to you is to hire an attorney. The attorney is going to be able to provide advice and information through the session that can be arranged where the client can provide the information to the attorney. At this time, the attorney can relay to the client whether they have a case or not and determine how they would proceed in the instance that there is a case that can be developed from the diagnosis that has been made.
Once the attorney has been chosen, the client has a number of options that are available when it comes time to pay the legal fees. The client can choose to pay the attorney on an hourly basis in the case that the funds are available in the budget, or the client can work with a personal injury attorney that will provide the services for the client on a retainer, using the retainer and a combination of a percentage of the settlement that has been agreed upon by the attorney and the client to settle the deal when it comes to the cost of representation.
Since there are many choices that are available for the client, the client does not have to worry about being unable to afford the representation that is required in the case.