Every year, nearly 30,000 new cases of cancer are diagnosed, and 9,100 Minnesotans die from cancer. There are over 263,330 cancer survivors living in the state.
The financial toll cancer takes on these families is daunting, and has its own term—
Financial toxicity is defined as "the detrimental effects of the excess financial strain caused by the diagnosis of cancer on the well-being of patients, their families, and society."
Cancer’s financial toxicity remains the driving force behind our clients’ need for legal care—
They don’t have the financial ability to pay for a lawyer’s help, especially in estate planning at end-of-life,
The financial spiral they're facing as a result of their cancer is something a lawyer can help with by preserving employment or securing disability benefits, and;
Sometimes legal care makes medical care possible by overturning insurance denials.
In light of the following statistics, it's easy to understand how many Minnesotans are unable to afford to pay for a lawyer for the legal issues that arise because of their diagnosis, and that threaten their well-being and peace of mind—
The health impact of financial toxicity is real—
79% of oncology care providers are concerned with their cancer patients refusing treatment because of financial worries, and 49% have had a cancer patient refuse treatment because of financial concerns