There is new hope for the treatment of mesothelioma — an aggressive and often deadly form of cancer that affects more than 3,000 people per year.
Research using artificial intelligence by the Leicester Mesothelioma Research Programme has shown that the paths of DNA-sequenced mesotheliomas evolve along similar or repeated paths between individuals.
This research could help to predict how aggressive the cancer will be in a person and what a possible effective treatment plan could be.
For future mesothelioma patients, this is a big step. The disease currently has a five-year survival rate of just 7%, with most patients passing after 12 to 18 months.
Of course, the best way to avoid developing mesothelioma is to limit exposure to the cause: asbestos. Asbestos is a toxic mineral that in the past was often used in the fireproofing of various materials. Prevention of exposure to asbestos that can lead to mesothelioma involves taking safety measures such as wearing respiratory protection, washing clothing after possible exposure, and testing potentially dangerous items (such as flooring in an old home) before disturbing it to see if there is a danger. The best form of prevention is altogether avoidance, though, which is not always possible for workers who are expected to do a job.
Today, its use has been mostly eliminated or even outlawed in some countries. But exposure still happens, and often it is because organizations are negligent about informing their employees they are running the risk of being exposed to asbestos.
If this happens to you, you deserve compensation that will help to pay for your medical bills and help to ensure the financial security of your family as you receive care or after you pass.
The average age for those who are diagnosed with mesothelioma is 50 and above. These patients often include asbestos plant workers, military veterans, industrial workers, boiler workers, firefighters, construction workers, insulators, and factory workers.
For these individuals, the amount of compensation you receive will be determined by mesothelioma case values. The case value is determined by several factors, including:
- Degree of asbestos exposure
- Proof of exposure and company negligence
- Costs created by your illness
- Medical bills (for mesothelioma treatments)
- Age/health of the person at the time of diagnosis
- Loss of income
- The number of dependents you have
- In which state(s) your case can be filed
- Pain and suffering
- Funeral expenses
Working with an experienced mesothelioma attorney can help you determine and maximize your mesothelioma case value. With that being said, the average settlement for a mesothelioma case is between $1 million and $1.4 million.
Mesothelioma is a devastating form of cancer that affects not just the patient, but their friends and loved ones. Researchers, however, continue to look for better treatments and even cures for this currently incurable disease.
If you are diagnosed with mesothelioma, the first thing you should do is ensure you are getting the medical treatment you need. From there, however, you should find an attorney that can help you get the compensation you deserve.