By Treven Pyles
Posted on July 05th, 2022
Due to the common misconception that the toxic exposure claim process is a convoluted one, numerous victims are often discouraged in seeking reparations for their suffering. It is therefore essential to highlight the aspects that require minimal involvement from the injured party's side and the ways they can be expedited.
Veterans and their family members stationed on contaminated bases who have been exposed to chemical, physical, or environmental hazards while on active duty and developed subsequent health issues may be eligible to file a toxic exposure claim and recover financial compensation. Asbestos, AFFF, mustard gas, and other such unexpected toxic agents present on military bases may have contributed to the development of cancer and non-cancerous diseases, including:
In order to apply for compensation from the liable companies that manufactured the dangerous substances, as well as to file a claim with The Department of Veterans Affairs for disability reparations, veterans only need to provide their attorney with:
Veterans who decide to file a toxic exposure claim must obtain their military records that also provide a connection between the contaminated site and their active duty when they were exposed to harmful agents. If the injured party is impaired and cannot carry out the process, a family member can also take care of the required paperwork, a step that typically takes less than an hour to accomplish.
The Department of Veterans Affairs has joined forces with The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) to digitalize all paper-based military personnel documents. Military personnel who have served in the U.S. Army, Marine Corps, Air Force, Navy, and Coast Guard can access military service records provided by NARA. Requests for these records are typically answered up to four days and can be ordered from the facility which holds the documents, as follows:
Once you order the military records provided by NARA, we will review them and subsequently inform you if your legal claim can be pursued and contact you to further discuss eligibility. We can file separate claims for family members who developed eligible diseases as a result of their stay at any of the contaminated military bases.
Working with a specialized attorney is vital for any toxic exposure case, as they have the expertise and resources to guide victims at every step of the legal process and help them maximize the amount of compensation for their suffering.