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Veterans and Asbestos Exposure

It is one of the great tragedies of this nation that the men and women in the U.S. military forces who go out to protect this country come back suffering from severe conditions for which our own domestic industrial practices are at fault. U.S. veterans were to such an extent exposed to the toxic effects of asbestos, that they now represent the largest single group of asbestos victims, with nearly one third of the mesothelioma cases in the U.S. being diagnosed in our veterans.

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30% of veterans will develop asbestos diseases after they served

Since asbestos was highly prevalent in the U.S. military throughout the last century, preponderantly between 1935 and 1975, U.S. veterans are highly likely to develop serious diseases as a result of asbestos exposure and also other chemical agents. Every year, asbestos exposure is the culprit behind the death of approximately 10,000 veterans. While each military branch made use of hazardous asbestos containing products, people who served in the U.S. Navy underwent by far the most severe exposure, as asbestos would be present in over 300 different products commonly found on ships. If you are a veteran and you think you may have been exposed to asbestos, you may or may not experience symptoms such as shortness of breath or a persistent cough, we strongly encourage you to give us a call and get screened. Having your health evaluated by a specialist is crucial, as you are at high risk for developing pulmonary issues, cancer and many asbestos related diseases. Being misdiagnosed or having a different diagnosis is a common mistake when getting diagnosed at the VA center or even at an outside doctor, the diseases are not common and are easily missed by medical professionals, reason why we recommend calling us and getting checked with us first. You do not need to come to our location, all we need is a recent x-ray chest scan, our medical professionals will evaluate your X-ray and let you know if the fibers are present in your lungs. Even if you have no symptoms at all the asbestos fibers may still be present in your lungs, and many times may cause other types of symptoms or diseases, cases in which physicians do not think about checking your lungs first.

Conditions that Qualify for VA Asbestos Compensation

Asbestos diseases entitle veterans to compensation benefits only if the majority of the asbestos exposure occurred during active duty. Only a few of these diseases will bring in a 100% disability coverage (like pleural and peritoneal mesothelioma), and all of them require documentation and proof that they were caused by asbestos exposure and not other causes.

Lung cancer Mesothelioma Asbestosis Gallbladder Cancer Kidney Cancer Laryngeal/Esophageal Cancer Gastrointestinal Cancer Colon/Colorectal Cancer Ovarian Cancer Pulmonary Fibrosis

Eligibility and VA Compensation Benefits for Asbestos Exposure

The U.S. Government now recognizes that our veterans deserve compensation for any disease contracted afterwards because of their employment, a special procedure is in place to provide benefits to our veterans, men and women injured through exposure to asbestos while serving our country. To be eligible for asbestos compensation benefits, you must show:

OUR LEGAL PROCESS IN ASBESTOS EXPOSED VETERANS CASES

Probability of Asbestos Exposure*

*according to the DVA

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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.

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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.

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The VA requires veterans affected by military asbestos exposure to submit a series of other documents alongside their disability compensation claim, including discharge paperwork and a copy of their marriage certificate, if they have a spouse.

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Veterans diagnosed with nearly any disease which occurred as a result of military asbestos exposure are considered as having a certain level of disability by the VA and thereby qualify for financial benefits.

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Correctly preparing a VA disability compensation claim for submission is more often than not a challenging and tedious endeavor. For this reason, seeking the assistance of a lawyer specialized in asbestos exposure cases is highly recommended.

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