How does an asbestos claim help getting a VA claim?

If you are a veteran injured by military asbestos exposure, it is important to know that you are eligible for compensation both from asbestos trust funds and from the VA.

answered by Gregory A. Cade

Filing an asbestos claim will make the process of obtaining compensation from the VA easier

Between 1920 and 1980, asbestos was abundantly used by every branch of the military, particularly by the U.S. Navy. As a consequence of exposure, numerous veterans came to struggle with terrible diseases over recent years, including mesothelioma and lung cancer.

If you are a veteran who is a victim of asbestos exposure, we strongly encourage you to seek financial compensation for your injury, as not only will this provide you with more money to invest in healthcare and treatment, but it will also keep the responsible companies liable for their negligence. A lawyer whose main area of practice is toxic exposure will be able to help you with the legal process, as filing a claim for asbestos exposure is a very complex and challenging task.

  • Veterans exposed to asbestos in the military are entitled to compensation both from the asbestos trust funds of the companies whose products they came in contact with or from the asbestos companies that do not have a trust fund, as well as from the VA.
  • Contrary to popular belief, receiving compensation from asbestos trust funds does not exempt you from filing a claim with the VA to obtain disability compensation.
  • Filing a claim for asbestos exposure with asbestos trust funds will help you receive disability compensation from the VA within a shorter period of time, as your lawyer will already have the necessary documents to prove the connection between your disease and asbestos exposure.
  • If you have lung cancer or mesothelioma as a result of asbestos exposure, the VA will almost always assign you a disability rating of 100%, which will allow you to receive the maximum compensation available.

Asbestos compensation is more likely to bring about VA disability compensation

If you have already filed an asbestos claim with asbestos trust funds, the VA will be more likely to take you into consideration for disability compensation, since they will have pertinent and reliable evidence of the causal relation between your disease and military asbestos exposure. They will no longer need to spend several months evaluating your situation in order to decide if you qualify for disability compensation.

For this reason, we advise you to first file a claim with asbestos trust funds if you are a veteran injured by asbestos exposure since it will make the process of receiving disability compensation from the VA significantly easier. Our attorneys can help you file an asbestos claim both with asbestos trust funds and with the VA, as they have been providing legal assistance to veterans injured by toxic exposure since 1990.

Quality legal assistance for veterans injured by military asbestos exposure

For over 30 years, we have been filing asbestos claims on behalf of veterans whose health was affected by military asbestos exposure and we are here to help you obtain the financial compensation you deserve for your suffering from the liable companies.

While the legal process is quite complex, it will require minimal involvement on your part, as we are aware that veterans injured by asbestos exposure are usually elderly and in a lot of physical and emotional pain.

Furthermore, a family member can help you navigate the legal process. The only documents we will need from you are your military records, which you must retrieve, and your medical records, which will be used as evidence of your asbestos exposure and related diagnosis. As for the rest of the necessary paperwork, it will be efficiently handled by our skilled legal team.

By virtue of the vast database we have, our legal team will be able to identify all the companies that exposed you to asbestos, as well as all the dangerous products you came in contact with. Eventually, you will receive the maximum compensation available if you choose to work with our law firm. Lastly, it is important to know that, if we do not recover compensation for you, you will not have to pay our law firm anything, as we work on a contingency fee basis.

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