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What Evidence Do I Need to Submit Along with My VA Disability Claim?

Reliable evidence is instrumental in ensuring your disability compensation claim will be approved by the VA. Failing to submit adequate proof of your military asbestos exposure can delay the process tremendously.

answered by Channika DeSilva Gonzalez

As the effects of asbestos exposure occur within several decades, gathering enough evidence for a VA claim on your own can be extremely difficult

The VA grants disability compensation to veterans who suffer from diseases such as pulmonary fibrosis, asbestosis, or lung cancer as a consequence of military asbestos exposure. Since they have to endure a great deal of physical and emotional pain during their everyday life, these veterans are considered to have a service-related disability and are thereby eligible for financial compensation.

When deciding the sum of money each claimant will receive, Veterans Service Representatives take into account their level of disability, which can range from 0 to 100 percent. Consequently, the evidence you have to submit alongside your VA claim must support the causal relationship between your current diagnosis and the asbestos exposure you underwent while on active duty.

Before submitting your VA claim, you will have to collect a series of military and medical documents which are to serve as proof of your asbestos-caused disability. They must highlight the circumstances of your exposure in the military, as well as support the correlation between it and the disease you now have. Some examples of appropriate written proof to include in your VA claim are:

  • for asbestos exposure evidence: military records mentioning what occupation specialty you had while serving, where you were stationed at, during which activities you would come in contact with asbestos and how frequently it would happen, which asbestos-containing products were present on your military base etc.
  • for disability evidence: medical evidence supporting the veteran's diagnosis, such as chest X-ray results, pathology reports, CT or MRI scan results, must also accompany the claim in order for the submission to be taken into consideration. In certain cases, the veteran applying for a VA benefit might be required to undergo the medical examination at a VA hospital in order to have their diagnosis confirmed.

It is important to remember that a lawyer specialized in cases involving asbestos exposure can help you tremendously with gathering the necessary evidence, as well as with finding additional information to support your VA disability compensation claim. They have a professional and trustworthy legal team by their side who, by virtue of their access to multiple vast databases, will promptly attend to these otherwise very time-consuming aspects. Filing your VA claim with a lawyer is always well-advised and will also shorten waiting time considerably.

Providing legal assistance to victims of asbestos exposure since 1990, our attorneys have vast experience in handling complex matters, including preparing VA compensation disability claims. If you are a veteran injured by military asbestos exposure, we strongly encourage you to request the financial compensation you deserve. We will gladly carry out the most time-consuming and demanding steps of the process on your behalf so that you can continue prioritizing your health. Please call Environmental Litigation Group, P.C. at 205.328.9200 and our lawyers will promptly begin working on your claim.

*The information presented should not be construed to be formal legal advice nor the formation of a lawyer/client relationship.

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