My husband worked in the steel mills for over 30 years. He usually worked with a skeleton crew because of his specialty in the mill. Because of his particular job, he made good money over the years, but we would have given it all back if we knew what would happen, eventually ending with a mesothelioma compensation. It all started with a dry cough that was persistent. After a few weeks, I took him to the doctor, figuring it would be something minor. Never in our wildest dreams would we have imagined the doctor finally diagnosing him with mesothelioma.
Life as we knew it ended that day. The prognosis was very grim. The doctor had told me that I might have two years at most with my husband. We had so many dreams for our golden years, and those were robbed of us. The doctor had told us that it was a near certainty that it was his work place that had caused this condition to happen. We did not even consider hiring a lawyer at that point because we were still reeling from the awful news we had just been given.
As my husband got sicker though, he wanted to make sure that I was taken care of for the rest of my life. He also wanted to make sure the world knew what had happened to him, because it could have been preventable. This story does not have a happy ending. My husband lasted for 17 months, and the last few were painful ones for him. I did go ahead and hire a lawyer while my husband was still alive, and the settlement we were given was very generous. It is impossible to take any satisfaction in the money though because the price we paid for it was impossibly high. I am thankful that our children are taken care of though.