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March 10, 2020 By Melissa Soria

Resources Available for Mesothelioma Victims

Whether you or a loved one has become sick as a result of mesothelioma it is important to know all the resources available at your disposal. From commonly and well-known resources, such support groups, to lesser known resources like transportation savings we will go through the most important assets you should know about.

The most common resource available to mesothelioma patients are the counseling and community support groups. A great aspect of support groups is the sense of belonging, which provides hope and inspiration to those who have fallen sick from mesothelioma. It also provides an opportunity to hear from others who are experiencing similar difficulties. Raising awareness about mesothelioma through activities and events is also very common. Each year in cities across the country 5K races take place to raise money and support for mesothelioma patients with the hopes to find a cure.

From legal compensation to government programs there are several financial resources that you and your family can benefit from. Since mesothelioma is developed through asbestos exposure legal compensation would typically include holding companies that manufactured the asbestos responsible through the courts and litigation. Mesothelioma patients can also utilize resources from the government, such as Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. If you were exposed to asbestos in the military the Veterans Affairs (VA) has pension compensation packages. The VA also provides benefits and support to your caregivers.

As a result of frequently traveling for treatments, transportation resources are regularly available as well. There are organizations that provide free flights for mesothelioma patients and caregivers. Angel Flights Inc. is an example of those organizations, and they specifically provide flights throughout the Midwest. Additionally, mesothelioma patients getting assistance in hospitals will often receive reduced rates for housing at nearby hotels.  In some parts of the country there are foundations that have built cancer centers dedicated to housing caregivers and family relatives of cancer patients.

Here at Vogelzang Law, we are always willing to help in any capacity and we hope this has provided useful to you or your loved ones. Do not hesitate to reach out, our office is here for you. Call us at 312-466-1669 Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. CST.