How we help family members of toxic exposure victims recover compensation on their behalf

Treven Pyles

By Treven Pyles

Posted on July 11th, 2022

Unfortunately, many victims of toxic exposure pass away without having filed a claim with the responsible companies. However, their surviving family members can recover financial compensation on their behalf with the assistance of our specialized attorneys. We will file a wrongful death claim and a VA claim if they were a veteran.

Every year, over 800,000 people develop a serious disease as a consequence of occupational toxic exposure, and roughly 60,000 toxic exposure victims pass away as a result of these health problems. The reasons why many of these individuals fail to seek financial compensation from the liable companies while they are still alive vary greatly, two of the most common being the misconception that the legal process is difficult and complex for the victim and the sad reality that a lot of these people die before they can take legal action.

According to estimates, over 13 million workers in the United States are potentially exposed to hazardous substances in the workplace at the moment, such as asbestos, silica dust, PFAS, dioxins, coke oven emissions, or heavy metals. If you struggle with a disease that you developed as a consequence of occupational toxic exposure, we encourage you to get in touch with our experienced and resourceful attorneys, as you can receive substantial financial compensation if you file a claim. The money will help you cover the cost of your treatment, among others.

Nevertheless, if you are the surviving family member of a victim of toxic exposure, you should also contact our law firm, as we will be able to obtain compensation for you as well. Our attorneys and their legal team will file a wrongful death claim in this case. Surviving family members refer to the following:

  • spouse or life partner
  • children - biological, adopted, stepchildren
  • parents or grandparents
  • individuals financially dependent on the victim

Filing a wrongful death claim for toxic exposure victims

Before filing a wrongful death claim, you should make sure you meet the eligibility criteria. If you are not sure whether you are entitled to compensation on behalf of a deceased family member whose death was caused by a disease stemming from toxic exposure, feel free to give our law firm a call. Our staff will gladly help you determine if you are eligible. In most cases, these are the eligibility requirements you must meet to file a wrongful death claim:

  • be a surviving family member of a toxic exposure victim
  • have or obtain access to their occupational or military records that mention their toxic exposure
  • gather their medical records, which must state they were diagnosed with a disease caused by toxic exposure
  • provide our attorneys with their death certificate, which must state your loved one passed away due to their illness

After we collect all the documents we need from you, our attorneys and legal team will take care of most of the process, so your involvement will be minimal. This will allow you the necessary time to take care of their funeral and start recovering emotionally from the loss. The financial compensation we will recover from the responsible companies on their behalf will cover their unpaid medical bills, if they had any and the cost of their funeral.

Additional benefits for the surviving family members of veterans whose death was caused by toxic exposure

If your family member's death was caused by military toxic exposure, you will also receive benefits from the VA, a process with which we will also help you, as it can be quite tedious. Some of the most notable benefits for surviving family members are:

  • healthcare benefits
  • home loan programs or financial counseling
  • education and training
  • burial benefits and memorial items
  • survivor pension
  • dependency and indemnity compensation

Usually, all surviving family members of veterans who died of a disease caused by military toxic exposure are eligible for at least one VA benefit. According to statistics, 3.5 million veterans have been exposed to toxic agents during active service, such as burn pits, asbestos, PFAS, radiation, mustard gas, Agent Orange, pesticides, silica dust, and industrial solvents. It is worthy of note that veterans who spent time at one or multiple military bases across the country after 1966 are at high risk of developing a life-threatening disease. The vast majority of military bases in the United States became heavily contaminated with PFAS due to the use of the fire suppressant AFFF.

If you lost a family member to occupational or military toxic exposure, get in touch with our attorneys

Since 1990, our law firm has been focusing on toxic exposure, whether it occurred in the workplace or in the military. In the regrettable event that you lost a family member to a disease caused by toxic exposure, you are most likely eligible to file a wrongful death claim. With the assistance of our knowledgeable attorneys and legal team, the process will be relatively easy for you, so we encourage you to contact us as soon as you can.

We will take care of the most important and challenging aspects of the legal process on your behalf so that you have time to mourn your loss, honor your loved one, and take care of the funeral. You will only have to provide us with the most important details about your deceased family member and gather the documents we mentioned in the eligibility criteria. Eventually, you will be presented with the maximum financial compensation you are entitled to on behalf of your family member.