Turning to workers compensation is one legal option available after asbestos exposure, but it does have drawbacks. Workers compensation systems can be difficult to navigate, and some result in only modest amounts of financial help.
In some states, claiming workers compensation can result in the loss of your right to file a lawsuit against your employer. This is an important factor for you to consider.
Workers compensation may provide benefits including medical care, replacement income in the form of temporary or permanent disability payments and assistance finding another job. Benefits like medical payments and replacement income will have limits set by your state, and there is no guarantee the amount will be sufficient to meet your needs.
Filing a lawsuit over your asbestos exposure could lead to significantly higher awards than workers compensation can provide, helping both you and your family pay for your treatments and the loss of your ability to work.
If you are diagnosed with mesothelioma or an asbestos-related disease, contact an attorney as soon as possible to determine which option is best for you.
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