What Eligibility Criteria Must Veterans with Asbestos-Related Diseases Meet to Receive VA Compensation?

by Channika DeSilva Gonzalez on April 25, 2018

In order to successfully apply for VA disability compensation, veterans must first ensure they meet the eligibility criteria. If you are unsure whether you qualify for this benefit, a lawyer specialized in asbestos exposure cases will be of great help.

Over 4 million U.S. veterans currently receive disability compensation from the VA, a considerable portion of whom victims of asbestos exposure

The presence of asbestos in the U.S. military after 1935 was astounding. Considering the extent of asbestos use, stating that every person who served in the U.S. military before 1975 has been exposed to it is unfortunately not as far-fetched as it may seem. As a result, up to 10,000 veterans die of terrible diseases such as lung cancer and mesothelioma every year. Although veterans represent roughly 8% of the U.S. population, they account for over 30% of mesothelioma patients in the country.

If you are a veteran who intends to seek financial compensation from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • you must have been discharged under any other conditions than dishonorable
  • your asbestos exposure must have occurred while you were serving in the military
  • you must be diagnosed with a disease which was directly caused by military asbestos exposure, such as asbestosis, lung cancer, or mesothelioma

While asbestos was preponderantly contaminating Navy ships during the last century, this carcinogenic agent was present in every other military branch as well, endangering the health of millions of people. As a consequence of exposure, numerous veterans came to develop terrible diseases. If you are also a veteran injured by asbestos exposure, we wholeheartedly encourage you to contact our attorneys, who will gladly assist you with filing a VA disability compensation claim. Please feel free to call us at 205.328.9200 and we will provide you with additional information.