Know Your Rights: Three Things to Consider about Mesothelioma Life Expectancy

For the thousands of innocent victims affected by asbestos exposure each year, it’s important to know that recourse is possible and legal help is available. Perhaps most importantly, asbestos exposure victims should know that they do not have to be in a financial position to afford legal representation-for valid, qualifying cases, legal fees are paid out of the settlement or trial award received, not the victim’s pocket.

Most people who are diagnosed with mesothelioma or another asbestos-related illness-including other types of cancers, asbestosis and pleural effusion-did not even realize that they were at risk. This is because most victims of asbestos exposure did not even realize that they had come into contact with what is known to be a highly toxic and dangerous carcinogen.

Fortunately, there is a silver lining of hope for those who have suffered the physical and financial consequences of negligent and/or illegal asbestos exposure. Recourse and compensation is possible via multiple avenues, including toxic tort and workers’ compensation laws as well as well as disability claims through the Social Security Administration and (for veterans) the Department of Veteran Affairs.


Mesothelioma life expectancy rates are universally low, with most patients being diagnosed in the advanced stages of cancer and given only months to live. Still, there are some important things to consider when given a mesothelioma prognosis-something sure to be a key factor in your actions towards legal recourse and other probate-related matters.

Here are three things you’ll want to consider about your mesothelioma life expectancy, from a purely logistical and practical standpoint:

  1. Your prognosis effects but does not exclusively dictate your legal options for recourse and compensation. As soon as possible, after receiving a diagnosis, you should choose an attorney to guide you and then immediately begin the process towards filing a mesothelioma claim. In the event of your death, prior to the case being settled or going to trial, a family member or another appointed executor of your estate will be able to follow through on any necessary acts to ensure your case is resolved posthumously.
  1. A short mesothelioma life expectancy necessitates imminent attention to advance directives and other medically based legal concerns. Another top priority, in the aftermath of a mesothelioma diagnosis, is getting all of your final affairs in order-meaning either drafting, adding final revisions on or taking appropriate action to make legally enforceable your living will and any advance directives.
  1. Making hospice and palliative care plans are of absolute significance, providing peace of mind for both you and your loved ones. Particularly if you have been given an especially poor prognosis, you’ll want to begin discussing and arranging plans for end-of-life care with your family and other loved ones. While this step is bound to be difficult, it is also quite necessary to ensure that your final months, weeks and days are spent as comfortably and peacefully as possible-whether that means staying at home, under the care of loved ones, or being in a hospice or other medical-type setting.