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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.

Some of the misdiagnosis you could encounter:

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 AsbestosisPulmonary Fibrosis

We Help Veterans Obtain Disability Benefits From the Department of Veterans Affairs

Veterans who were exposed to asbestos during military service and later diagnosed with an asbestos-related illness are eligible to receive asbestos compensation benefits from the VA. When determining their client’s eligibility for asbestos compensation benefits, attorneys review four important criteria:

The US government now recognizes that our veterans deserve compensation for any illness contracted during military service. In this regard, a special procedure is in place to provide benefits to our veterans, men, and women injured through exposure to asbestos while serving our country.

Once settled, disability compensations will usually be paid monthly, tax-free monthly payments being calculated on a disability scale from 10 to 100, considering minimal to maximum disability.

2020 VA Disability Compensation Pay Chart Based on Disability Rating


Toxic Agents People Who Served in the Military before 1980 May Have Been Exposed To

Before 1980, when proper regulations were finally enforced, people who were serving in the U.S. military would regularly be exposed to numerous toxic substances, which now places veterans at high risk of developing serious diseases. The hazardous agents they were exposed to include but are not limited to:

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