Along with former industrial workers, veterans represent the primary demographic that we help file claims for asbestos exposure. Therefore, yes, veterans can file a claim for military asbestos exposure as long as they meet the eligibility criteria.
During the last century, millions of veterans were heavily exposed to asbestos in the military, particularly in the U.S. Navy and, as a result, up to 30% of them now struggle with mesothelioma.
Nonetheless, asbestos was abundantly present in the other branches of the military as well. The following are some of the military occupations with the highest risk of developing a disease as a consequence of asbestos exposure:
It is important to know that veterans are eligible for compensation both from asbestos trust funds and from the VA. Eligible veterans will have their claims filed with the asbestos trust funds of the companies whose products they were exposed to and with the VA to obtain disability compensation. Because most veterans who struggle with a disease as a result of asbestos exposure have cancer, they might be assigned a 100% disability rating, for which they will receive a little over $3,000 per month. This VA benefit can greatly help veterans impacted by asbestos exposure afford the treatment they need.
The VA currently recognizes the following diseases to have a connection with military service involving asbestos exposure:
To prove military asbestos exposure for a VA claim, veterans must show that at least 50% of their asbestos exposure occurred during active service. Nevertheless, this is one of the aspects of the legal process your attorney will take care of if you are deemed eligible to file a claim. Still, there are many other diseases in addition to the above for which veterans who were exposed to asbestos can file a claim with asbestos trust funds. If you are unsure about whether you qualify for compensation, do not hesitate to contact our expert team to have your case evaluated.
Regardless of what branch of the military you served in, if you came to struggle with cancer due to asbestos exposure, it is important to know that you may be eligible for compensation. Our team of professionals is here to help you find out whether you qualify for filing a claim for asbestos exposure, as we have been helping people injured by toxic agents and defective products for over 35 years.
If we determine that you are eligible for compensation, we will promptly guide you to a specialized attorney so that you can benefit from the money you are entitled to for your suffering.
Veterans who served before the 1980s were most likely exposed to asbestos, which is why they are currently at high risk of developing serious diseases. If you are a veteran who struggles with the health consequences of asbestos exposure, we strongly encourage you to contact the expert team of Atraxia Law, who will provide you with quality assistance so that you can find out whether you are eligible to file a military asbestos exposure claim.