Why Do I Need a Lawyer to Apply for VA Compensation as a Veteran with a Disease Caused by Asbestos Exposure?

by Channika DeSilva Gonzalez on January 15, 2019

Deciding to file your VA disability compensation claim with the help of a lawyer specialized in asbestos litigation has numerous benefits, such as sparing you the demanding and time-consuming endeavor of gathering enough evidence.

A lawyer will prepare your VA claim for submission, as well as collect the necessary evidence to support it, in a shorter time than you would on your own

While working with a lawyer is not a requirement if you decide to apply for VA compensation, as you also have the option of filing a claim on your own, the assistance of a legal professional specialized in asbestos litigation will most likely prove to be invaluable. If you suffer from mesothelioma or lung cancer as a consequence of military asbestos exposure, chances are you experience a considerable level of physical and emotional distress, as these diseases are oftentimes very aggressive and debilitating, affecting daily life to a great extent. Since preparing a VA claim for submission is a complex endeavor which may take up to several months, a skilful lawyer will efficiently attend to challenging matters such as gathering enough evidence to support your asbestos exposure, so that you can continue to focus on your health in the meantime.

Your VA claim must be submitted along with reliable proof of your exposure – for instance, records stating your military occupation specialty or the military base you were stationed at when you came in contact with asbestos. However, because diseases such as mesothelioma and asbestosis ensue within 10 to 50 years after exposure, collecting these documents is usually more difficult than it may seem at first glance. In fact, failing to provide sufficient evidence in this regard is the primary reason why the VA denies veterans the compensation they are actually eligible for. Not only will a lawyer with vast experience in handling asbestos cases make sure to include relevant documentation when submitting your VA claim, but their legal team will also conduct research to gather additional evidence.

Another aspect of preparing a VA claim which might pose significant difficulty is proving your disability and the causal relationship between your illness and the asbestos exposure you were subjected to while serving in the military. Likewise, a series of medical documents must accompany your claim upon submission. A law firm which specializes in asbestos litigation will promptly put you in touch with medical and vocational experts who, after thoroughly evaluating your condition, will prepare the necessary paperwork. In addition to taking the burden of collecting evidence off your shoulders, working with a knowledgeable asbestos attorney will also:

  • help you obtain a greater sum of money in compensation for your asbestos-related illness
  • provide you with permanent assistance free of charge, as the vast majority of asbestos lawyers work on a contingency fee basis, which means that you will not have to pay your attorney anything unless your VA claim is approved
  • have your VA claim ready for submission in a considerably shorter time

At the moment, over 4 million veterans are receiving disability compensation from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. With over 25 years of experience in providing legal assistance to asbestos victims and their families, the attorneys at Environmental Litigation Group, P.C. also help veterans who struggle with the aftermath of asbestos exposure claim the financial compensation they deserve. Whether you have pleural plaques, asbestosis, mesothelioma, or COPD, we will dedicate our endeavors to preparing your VA claim for submission in the shortest time possible. For additional information, please contact us at 205.328.9200.