Asbestos Exposure And Relief For Afflicted Veterans
The risk of developing mesothelioma is very real for our nation’s veterans. Many were heavily exposed to asbestos during their service in branches of the military including the U.S. Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard.
Mesothelioma and similar illnesses are especially prevalent among Navy veterans, as asbestos was used extensively in U.S. warships during the 20th century. New diagnoses continue to come to light involving asbestos exposure dating from that era. Risks continue for many of today’s younger service members who have served on ships containing asbestos and elsewhere. Our firm stands strong with ill veterans as well as their family members who have suffered as a result of exposure to “take-home” asbestos originating in military environments.
Asbestos-Triggered Illnesses And VA Benefits
Veterans from all branches of the armed forces have the option of seeking benefits through the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA). According to the VA, “You may be eligible for disability benefits if you have an illness believed to be caused by contact with asbestos and you …. had contact with asbestos while serving in the military.” It may sound straightforward, but the path to a successful claim for benefits can be full of obstacles. Legal counsel is advisable. We have veterans on our staff who can advise you with keen insights on the intricacies of the complex VA claims process. We can help you meet deadlines and other requirements as you seek your rightful benefits.
Our firm is also a source of help through litigation targeting liable parties outside the military. Our firm handles the majority of veterans’ asbestos litigation in our area. Our trial attorneys are prominent advocates for veterans through asbestos litigation.
Uncovering Histories Of Hazards
Investigations into the backgrounds of Navy veterans with mesothelioma often reveal that they were exposed to asbestos during their service on ships. Our firm maintains a proprietary database of nearly 1,200 naval vessels known to have contained asbestos, including:
- 650 destroyers
- 110 cruisers
- 25 battleships
- 65 aircraft carriers
- 125 submarines
- 185 auxiliary vessels.
We use that information to help Navy veterans pursue maximum relief after they have been diagnosed with mesothelioma. Most choose to file lawsuits against the manufacturers of the asbestos products to which they were exposed.