Asbestos exposure

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The correlation between prolonged asbestos exposure and a series of different types of lung diseases has been demonstrated by multiple studies within the past four decades. Asbestos claims are currently increasing in the U.S. due to the increasing number of industrial workers and veterans diagnosed with pulmonary asbestos diseases.

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Over 75 U.S. former industrial workers and veterans exposed to high concentrations of asbestos

The use of asbestos in various industries was prevalent before the mid-1980s, although the dangers of asbestos were carefully covered up by several companies. Between the 1920s and the 1980s, people who worked in an industrial workplace, construction, maintenance, heavy industry, and military veterans were in contact with high concentrations of asbestos.

Years later many of these victims have developed serious diseases, along with their family members who also got sick, from the asbestos fibers they were bringing home on their clothes and hair.

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Veterans who are now suffering from cancer or pulmonary disease can receive compensation

If you suffered long-term exposure to asbestos while serving you may file claims for financial compensation with both asbestos trust funds and the VA. Oftentimes, veterans who were victims of asbestos exposure refuse to seek financial compensation during their lifetime or they tragically pass away before finding out whether their asbestos claim was approved. In such circumstances, family members can step in and can either file a claim with asbestos trust funds to recover compensation on behalf of their loved one or, if the injured person had already filed a claim before death, they can step in so as to bring the process to fruition. Regardless of your situation, a lawyer specialized in asbestos litigation will efficiently help you pursue financial compensation.

Who is eligible for asbestos claims?

Environmental Litigation Group works on a 40% contingency fee basis, meaning that you do not have to pay us upfront. You only owe us if we obtain compensation on your behalf. Eligibility checks and asbestos screenings are at no cost to you or your family. In order for us to file an asbestos trust fund claim, you must meet the following requirements:

  • You received a medical diagnosis in the last 3 years, could be pulmonary diseases or cancer, see a list below with eligible diseases.
  • You were a veteran or a former industrial worker, who was employed and worked in one of the high-risk asbestos exposure occupations.

Even if you have not yet developed an asbestos-related condition, your risk is high as a former industrial worker or a veteran. We can file an asbestos claim with the trust funds after an accurate diagnosis and you can then obtain compensation. In addition to the asbestos trust fund claim, we help veterans obtain an approved VA claim as well through our process.

If you developed one of the following diseases as a result of occupational exposure, you are eligible for compensation. You will not need to come to our law firm, as the entire legal process will unfold over the phone and via e-mail. Furthermore, if you are too ill, a family member can help you with the legal process. In the unfortunate event that you pass away before recovering compensation, your surviving family members will receive compensation on your behalf.

Lung Cancer Mesothelioma Throat Cancer Esophageal Cancer Bronchial Cancer Gastrointestinal Cancer Colorectal Cancer

If, however, you struggle with one of the following diseases as a consequence of occupational asbestos exposure, you will have to travel to Birmingham, Alabama so that you can undergo asbestos screening, which entails our medical experts examining your most recent chest X-ray, as well as blood and breathing tests to assign you a correct diagnosis, as the rate of misdiagnosis is very high among the victims of asbestos exposure.

AsbestosisPulmonary FibrosisPleural PlaquesPleural EffusionDiffuse Pleural ThickeningCOPDEmphysemaChronic BronchitisPleurisyLung NodulesLung SpotsAsthmaTuberculosisPneumonitisHistoplasmosisRounded AtelectasisLung Scarring Bladder Cancer

Family members with secondary asbestos exposure are eligible for financial compensation

The majority of people who are now struggling with a cancerous or asbestos disease have been exposed to high levels of asbestos in the workplace. However, their families were not safe either, as most companies did not require employees to change their clothes after the work shift ended. Thus, significant amounts of toxic asbestos fibers would be carried home, where family members unknowingly inhaled them. Secondary exposure accounts for approximately 8% of all diagnosed asbestos-related cancer cases annually.

If you suffer from lung cancer or other asbestos-related cancer and have a loved one who worked directly with asbestos, your disease is very likely to be the result of secondary exposure. Our attorneys can provide you with quality assistance and will do all in their power to help you recover fair compensation for your injury.

Asbestos exposure in the military today

While nowadays, asbestos use is properly regulated in the military, people who are currently serving may still be exposed, as old structures made with asbestos are still present in numerous military structures and facilities. Once asbestos products that continue to exist in military bases today are disturbed, toxic fibers are released in the air, which inevitably leads to military personnel inhaling and ingesting asbestos. Within 20 to 50 years, they may develop a serious disease as a consequence of military asbestos exposure. For this reason, we strongly advise people who are currently serving in the military to inform themselves with regard to the presence of asbestos in the military bases they are serving in, as well as to periodically undergo a medical examination in order to timely find out about a potential disease which may have unknowingly developed as a result of military asbestos exposure.

Common questions

A veteran who is receiving monthly benefits from the VA can ask for a reevaluation of their disability rating at any point. Although it is supposed to be simple to request a change, it can often be a lengthy, complex and confusing process, especially for a veteran unable to deal with the VA bureaucracy or unfamiliar with the VA system.

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The compensation you will receive highly depends on factors such as the severity of your diagnosis, the size of the asbestos trust fund you file with, as well as the percentage they pay out.

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In order to receive compensation, you need to file a claim with the asbestos trust fund set up by the company responsible for your injury. A lawyer will speed up the process significantly.

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The statute of limitations refers to the amount of time you have to file an asbestos claim after diagnosis. It varies between one and six years, depending on the state you live in.

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Diseases caused by asbestos exposure affect 20% of former industrial workers and 30% of veterans. Every year, between 12,000 and 15,000 people lose their lives to diseases that stem from asbestos exposure.

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Since they were not required to wear any protective equipment on the job, many engineering, manufacturing, maintenance workers, and military veterans were exposed to asbestos unknowingly or inadvertently while performing their everyday duties on the job.

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In the United States, OSHA and EPA are the federal agencies responsible with the enforcement of laws and regulations aimed at protecting asbestos workers from exposure to carcinogenic fibers.

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Typically, a B-reader evaluates chest X-rays to see if there are any changes that point towards diseases caused by exposure to particles such as asbestos and silica.

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Because asbestos was highly prevalent in numerous industries during the last century, former industrial workers who developed a disease as a result of asbestos exposure are eligible for compensation.

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Because the majority of diseases which occur as a result of asbestos exposure affect the lungs, people with a history of asbestos exposure will experience symptoms such as shortness of breath, chest pain, fatigue, difficulty breathing, and a persistent cough.

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Processing asbestos exposure claims all over the U.S.

Although asbestos claims are unique to the person and situation, our specialists will devote the time and attention it takes to resolve your particular case. We have handled 233,565 cases that have taken us all over the country and recovered 1.4 billion for our clients. We have a team of medical research experts, industrial hygienists, environmentalists, attorneys and staff that have worked solely on asbestos cases for over two decades.