Heroes & Sacrifices

Prioritizing veterans needing assistance with claims

Veterans who fought in rough conflicts such as World War II, the Vietnam War, and the Korean War, deserve our utmost respect and consideration, as they were exposed to unimaginable dangers while defending our country. Toxic exposure is only one of these dangers. Contrary to popular belief, toxic exposure in the military is not a thing of the past, as current members of the military are still in contact with hazardous agents. Asbestos is just one of the numerous toxic agents that veterans came in contact with while they were on active duty. Other harmful substances that are responsible today for the physical and emotional suffering of veterans are Agent Orange, PFOS and PFOA, mustard gas, and lewisite. If you are a veteran injured by a toxic agent, we strongly encourage you to seek our legal assistance and will help you file a claim with the VA to recover financial compensation. Furthermore, we will also file a personal injury claim if one or multiple companies are at fault for your suffering.

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Protecting veterans who fought to keep our country safe

The primary mission of our law firm is to help veterans whose health was affected by toxic exposure that occurred in the military recover the financial compensation they deserve for their physical and emotional distress. Consequently, veterans who have a diagnosis that is the result of asbestos exposure, for instance, can file a claim both with asbestos trust funds and with the VA with the assistance of our specialized legal team, which will eventually result in the maximum sum of money they are entitled to. Our law firm highly prioritizes veterans, as they are often elderly and require permanent medical assistance. With knowledge, dedication, resourcefulness, and compassion, we have been providing veterans with the compensation they deserved for the last 30 years. Thereby, if you are a veteran who is injured by toxic exposure, regardless of the hazardous agent involved, please contact our legal team and we will promptly begin working on your case. Because helping veterans is a priority for our law firm, we will expedite claims filed by this demographic so that veterans can enjoy the money they are eligible for within a shorter time.

Veterans with any type of cancer may be eligible for compensation

If you are a veteran and struggle with cancer, you will most likely be eligible for compensation, as many of the toxic agents you were exposed to while on active duty are known carcinogens. Regardless of your cancer diagnosis, we strongly encourage you to reach out to our skilled legal team, who will help you obtain the maximum compensation you are entitled to. A very important aspect to keep in mind is the statute of limitations, which refers to the time frame within which you can file your claim. It depends on your state of residence and the majority of states have a statute of limitations of 2 or 3 years from the moment you receive your cancer diagnosis.

For this reason, seeking legal assistance as soon as you have your diagnosis is essential, as the process of preparing your claim for submission is quite complex and tedious. Our attorneys have the necessary resources and knowledge to provide you with quality legal assistance if you are a victim of toxic exposure, as this is our main area of practice. Your claim will also be filed with the VA so that you can also receive disability compensation. Moreover, our legal experts will conduct extensive research to find more evidence for your claim, as your toxic exposure claim must be accompanied by pertinent and solid proof.

During the last century, millions of veterans were exposed to asbestos, particularly those who served in the U.S. Navy, as there were over 300 different asbestos products lurking on each ship and submarine. Today, approximately 30% of veterans struggle with mesothelioma, a very aggressive cancer of the lungs, as a consequence of asbestos exposure in the military. However, asbestos was also present in the other branches of the military, mostly in the form of insulation. When asbestos products become friable, they inevitably release toxic fibers into the air. Subsequently, veterans would inhale and ingest these dangerous fibers.

It is worthy of note that diseases that stem from asbestos exposure take between 20 and 50 years to develop, as they have a long latency period. Therefore, if you served in the military before 1980, you should keep a close eye on your health and look out for unusual symptoms. In the regrettable case that you developed one of the following diseases, please contact us to recover the compensation you are entitled to. Your claim will be filed both with the companies that manufactured the asbestos products you came in contact with and with the VA so that you can also receive disability compensation:

It is important to know that you will not need to travel to Birmingham, Alabama, where our law firm is located, if you have asbestosis, mesothelioma, lung cancer, gastrointestinal cancer, colorectal cancer, bronchial cancer, esophageal cancer, or throat cancer, as they immediately make you eligible for compensation. You will only have to send our legal team your military records and your medical records, documents that will be used as evidence to support your claim. The entire legal process will unfold over the phone and e-mail. However, if you have one of the other diagnoses, you will have to come in person to our law firm so that our medical experts can examine your lungs for the presence of asbestos fibers. This way, you may be assigned a new diagnosis, as diseases that are the result of asbestos exposure are often misdiagnosed. For more information, do not hesitate to contact us and we will promptly answer your questions.

There are currently over 700 military sites contaminated with toxic agents throughout the country, exposure to which can lead to numerous terrible diseases, including cancer. It is worthy of note that PFAS, a group of harmful fluorinated chemicals, are present on these military sites. The main source of PFAS is the use of aqueous film-forming foam, commonly known as AFFF, by military firefighters and trainees. Nevertheless, there are many other toxic agents lurking on military bases in addition to PFAS, which only increases the risk of developing a serious disease. If you were stationed at a military base that is known to be contaminated with toxic agents and developed a disease, you are eligible for compensation. Your claim will also be filed with the VA so that you can also obtain disability compensation. On the following military bases there is heavy contamination with toxic agents:

It is important to keep in mind that there are many other military bases that are contaminated with toxic agents. If you developed one of the following diseases as a result of PFAS exposure while on active duty or if one of the family members who were stationed with you came to struggle with one of these diseases, please contact us to recover the financial compensation you are entitled to:

It is noteworthy that there were multiple other toxic agents present on these military bases in addition to PFAS, which only increases the risk of developing a serious disease as a result of exposure. If you were stationed at one or more military bases and receive another diagnosis than the ones above, please seek a second and even a third opinion from different medical specialists, as the frequency of misdiagnosis is very high in people with a history of toxic exposure. The following are the other toxic agents that may have been lurking on the military base you were stationed at:

  • per-and polyfluorinated substances
  • acetone
  • benzene
  • 2-butanone
  • carbon tetrachloride
  • trichloroethylene (TCE)
  • perchloroethylene (PCE)
  • chlordane
  • 1,1- dichloroethane
  • 1,2- dichloroethane
  • methylene chloride
  • polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB)
  • polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs)
  • tetrachloroethylene
  • toluene
  • trichloroethylene
  • vinyl chloride
  • halogenated hydrocarbons
  • trihalomethanes
  • xylene

Since the 1960s, aqueous film-forming foam, commonly known as AFFF, has been used to extinguish class B fires by both civilian and military firefighters. These fires refer to fires that are caused by flammable liquids or gases, such as petroleum greases, alcohols, solvents, lacquers, and kerosene. AFFF was invented by the U.S. Navy and the renowned company 3M. In the military, it is used to put out jet fuel and petroleum fires. However, this otherwise effective fire suppressant contains PFAS, a group of fluorinated chemicals that are toxic to human health. Exposure to PFAS is associated with serious diseases such as pancreatic cancer, leukemia, and prostate cancer. Veterans who were exposed to PFAS from AFFF and came to struggle with one of the following diseases as a consequence are eligible for compensation, which a specialized lawyer can help them recover:

If you developed one of these diseases, please contact our law firm to obtain the financial compensation you deserve, as our main area of practice is toxic exposure. We will file your claim both with the companies that manufactured the AFFF you were exposed to and with the VA so that you can receive the maximum compensation available for your diagnosis. However, it is important to keep in mind that these cases have a statute of limitations, which is why we strongly encourage you to seek legal assistance as soon as you receive your diagnosis. If the statute of limitations, which is 2 or 3 years in most states, is exceeded, you will no longer be eligible for compensation. Our legal team has the necessary knowledge and resources to obtain the most favorable outcome for your case.

Between 2003 and 2015, the renowned company 3M manufactured the defective Combat Arms earplugs, which had a faulty design, with the part that should have been fitted inside the ear being too short. To make matters worse, the earplugs could not hold tight within the ear. The earplugs were originally made by Aearo Technologies, but in 2008, 3M acquired the company and continued to manufacture defective earplugs. As a consequence, people who were serving in the military were not fully protected from the loud sounds they would constantly hear, which, for many of them, resulted in hearing impairment. The following are the hearing problems for which you can file a claim with 3M with the help of our legal team if you used the defective earplugs:

  • tinnitus
  • auditory processing disorder
  • acoustic neuroma
  • neurofibromatosis
  • conductive hearing loss
  • sensorineural hearing loss
  • auditory neuropathy
  • mixed hearing loss
  • partial or complete hearing loss

Therefore, if you are a veteran or a member of the military with one of these hearing problems, you are eligible for compensation from 3M, which our resourceful legal team can help you recover by filing a product liability claim. It is important to contact us as soon as you receive your diagnosis so as to not lose your right to compensation, as the statute of limitations for these claims is 2 or 3 years in most states. For additional information, please feel free to give us a call and we will gladly answer your questions.

We prioritize and expedite the claims of veterans

Regardless of your diagnosis, we prioritize the claims filed by veterans, as we are aware that most of them are in need of financial compensation to pay their medical expenses and treatment. For this reason, your claim will be expedited so that you can receive the money you deserve within the shortest time possible. It is important to keep in mind that filing a claim is not the same thing as filing a lawsuit, as the process is less complex and will result in compensation significantly faster. Similarly, if you decide to file a claim, you will not be suing the government, but the companies responsible for manufacturing the defective products or the toxic agents you were exposed to.

Therefore, you should not think twice before filing a claim, as your involvement in the legal process will be minimal since we know that the majority of veterans are elderly and in great physical and emotional pain. We will make the legal process as easy as possible for you and go to great lengths to recover the maximum compensation you are entitled to from the liable parties. Furthermore, a family member can help you navigate it. By choosing to work with our legal team, which has the necessary evidence and resources to help you obtain the money you deserve, you are bound to receive the largest compensation available for your diagnosis. Lastly, it is important to know that we work on a contingency fee basis, which means that you are not required to pay us anything unless we recover compensation on your behalf. For more information, do not hesitate to contact us and we will promptly answer your questions.

We can file multiple claims if you are a veteran injury by toxic exposure

If you were exposed to multiple toxic agents while on active duty, such as asbestos, Agent Orange, mustard gas, and PFAS, we will file a claim with each company responsible for your suffering, as you are eligible for recovering the maximum compensation available for all your diagnoses. It is not unusual for veterans to have been exposed to more than one toxic agent, which is why filing multiple claims is completely legal and possible. If you struggle with more than one disease or condition, the VA will also provide you with a larger sum of money in the form of disability compensation.

In the unfortunate event that you are really ill, a family member can step in and help you with the legal process, which will make things much easier for you. Eventually, several months after claim submission, you will receive the maximum compensation you are entitled to from all the liable parties. For additional information, please feel free to contact us and we will thoroughly evaluate your situation.

Family members of deceased veterans are also eligible for compensation

In the unfortunate event that you had a veteran as a family member who passed away due to a disease caused by toxic exposure and who had not filed a claim during their lifetime, we can still help you recover financial compensation on their behalf. Regardless of the dangerous substance that caused their disease, our legal experts will conduct in-depth research to find solid evidence to support your claim. While very complex and tedious, the legal process will require minimal involvement on your part, as you will only have to send your attorney the military and medical records of your deceased loved one. However, it is important to keep in mind that wrongful death cases have a statute of limitations of 2 years from the moment of death, which is why you should contact our law firm as soon as you receive the bad news for a positive outcome with regard to financial compensation.

The legal team of Environmental Litigation Group, P.C. highly prioritizes veterans, as well as their family members, which is why we will go to great lengths to recover fair compensation for you or on behalf of your lost family member who was a veteran. We are aware of how terrible it is to struggle with a terminal disease such as lung cancer or mesothelioma, so we will expedite your claim, which will result in financial compensation within a shorter time than usual. Therefore, whether you are a veteran or the family member of a deceased one, our legal team will approach your case with professionalism and compassion and is bound to obtain the maximum sum of money you are entitled to from the liable party. Lastly, you should know that the VA provides the family members of deceased veterans with benefits such as Dependency and Indemnity Compensation, which our attorneys can obtain for you by filing a claim.

The importance of seeking legal assistance as soon as you discover your diagnosis

Since the majority of toxic exposure cases have a statute of limitations, it is essential to seek compensation as soon as you receive your diagnosis or, in the case of family members who lost a veteran, as soon as they receive the bad news. While the average statute of limitations for living veterans is 3 years and for the surviving family members 2 years, it can greatly vary from state to state. This is why it is very important to reach out to a law firm that specializes in toxic exposure cases as soon as possible. Your involvement in the legal process will be minimal, which means that, as a veteran, you will have time to focus on your health and treatment and, as the surviving family member of one, you will have time to mourn your loss.

We strongly encourage you to contact our law firm, as we have over 25 years of experience in pursuing compensation for veterans and their family members. So far, we have helped over 20,000 veterans recover the money they deserved. Another important aspect you may be worried about is the cost. The good news is that hiring a law firm to obtain compensation for you as a victim of toxic exposure is free of charge. We only charge a contingency fee when we successfully recover the money you are entitled to. This contingency fee is 40%. However, because we will obtain the maximum compensation available for you, you will still have plenty of money to help you afford superior healthcare and treatment.

The families of veterans with a history of toxic exposure who lost their lives to coronavirus are still eligible for compensation

As the coronavirus pandemic is spreading, the elderly are one of the most vulnerable demographic. Since the majority of veterans are elderly, with a median age of 58, they are significantly more susceptible to contracting the new virus than the general population. In the regrettable event, you have a veteran in your family who was struggling with a disease caused by toxic exposure and passed away due to infection with the coronavirus but failed to seek compensation during their lifetime, you can still file a claim on their behalf.

Our attorneys will help you file a claim with every liable entity, such as asbestos trust funds and the VA, in the case of asbestos exposure. Regardless of the reason for death, the surviving family members of veterans who were victims of toxic exposure are entitled to compensation, which only a legal team who specializes in this area of practice can obtain. For additional information, feel free to contact our law firm at your earliest convenience and we will gladly answer your questions and address your concerns.