What Is the Sum and Payment Schedule for Veterans Whose Asbestos VA Disability Compensation Claim Was Approved?

by Channika DeSilva Gonzalez on October 15, 2018

The amount of compensation a veteran injured by asbestos exposure can receive from the VA will depend primarily on their disability level. However, the existence of one or multiple dependents is also a key factor which can significantly increase it.

The VA pays out compensation to veterans with a disability level of at least 10%

When calculating the sum of money each veteran injured by military asbestos exposure will receive, the VA bases their decision on two factors:

  • disability level
  • whether the claimant has any dependents (parents, children, or a spouse)

Accordingly, the amount of financial compensation they are eligible for increases with their level of disability, as well as with the number of dependents they have. Moreover, if a veteran constantly requires the help of another person to carry out daily activities, they also qualify for Special Monthly Compensation, which is going to provide them with additional money. Therefore, disability compensation may range between $134, for veterans who are 10% disabled and have no dependents, and over $2,800, for those with a maximum level of disability.

While veterans suffering from lung cancer and mesothelioma are usually deemed 100% disabled by the VA, the disability level of those with non-malignant diagnoses can fall anywhere between 0 and 100 percent, depending on how much physical distress they experience. The severity of non-malignant diseases caused by asbestos exposure, such as COPD or pleural plaques, is typically assessed using a series of pulmonary function tests.

If a disease is affecting your everyday life to a great extent, which is sadly very often the case with health issues stemming from military asbestos exposure, we wholeheartedly encourage you to file a VA disability compensation claim. Our highly experienced lawyers, who have been helping asbestos victims for over 25 years, will efficiently take care of the necessary documents, while our resourceful legal experts will gather reliable evidence to support your claim. Please contact us at 205.328.9200 and we will dedicate our endeavors to obtaining the compensation you deserve.