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How many years of asbestos exposure should I have to qualify for compensation?

By Michael Bartlett

Posted on July 10th, 2020

Even though no amount of asbestos is safe for the human body, people who intend to seek compensation for their disease which stems from occupational or military asbestos exposure need to have been exposed to asbestos for at least 3 years to qualify for financial compensation.

Between 1920 and 1980, asbestos exposure was highly prevalent in over 75 industries, which is why today, 20% of former industrial workers struggle with a disease. Furthermore, asbestos exposure was also heavily present in the military, which is the reason for which nowadays, over 30% of veterans suffer from a serious disease. However, while no amount of asbestos is safe for the human body, people who intend to seek compensation for their diagnosis need to have at least 3 years of occupational or military asbestos exposure in order to become eligible. Although a disease may develop from a shorter period of asbestos exposure, the requirements of asbestos trust funds and of the VA state that a total of 3 years of asbestos exposure need to have occurred to qualify for applying for compensation. While this may seem unjust for the victims of asbestos exposure who came to struggle with a disease after a shorter period of asbestos exposure, these are the eligibility criteria of the asbestos trust funds and of the VA, which also provide compensation to veterans affected by military asbestos exposure.

Our law firm is dedicated to helping victims of asbestos exposure recover the compensation they deserve

If you are a former industrial worker or a veteran who ended up suffering from a disease as a consequence of asbestos exposure, our attorneys are here to help you recover the compensation you deserve for your physical and emotional distress. By filing a claim with asbestos trust funds and the VA with the assistance of a lawyer who specializes in toxic exposure cases, you are bound to obtain the maximum compensation you qualify for. Although the legal process is quite complex, your involvement will be minimal, as you will only have to send your attorney your employment or military records, as well as your medical records, documents which will be used as evidence of asbestos exposure and of related diagnosis along with your claim. Lastly, you should know that asbestos exposure cases have a statute of limitations of 3 years in most states, which is why you should take legal action as soon as possible so as to secure your right to compensation.