Help For Veterans And Their Family Members With Mesothelioma
The most notorious form of cancer associated with asbestos exposure is pleural mesothelioma. This disease leads to tumors in the thin pleural lining around the lungs. Other forms of mesothelioma that have also been linked to asbestos involve damage to thin membrane linings around the abdomen, heart and testes.
The attorneys and staff at Bergman Draper Oslund Udo are proud to offer information and assistance to veterans and their family members who courageously face uphill battles in their fight against cancer.
What To Do After Your Diagnosis
Any cancer diagnosis is frightening. The development of symptoms – such as shortness of breath, chest pains and painful coughing – is distressing and sometimes disabling. Above all, sufferers of cancers such as pleural mesothelioma want to know what to do. There are two parts to a good answer:
- First, access to top-notch medical care in Seattle or elsewhere is vital. Early care may offer more opportunities for a better quality of life with a better survival rate.
- Second, quality legal counsel can help mesothelioma patients learn about all avenues of compensation available to them. Veterans’ benefits may be an important source of help for active and retired U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard service members.
A large part of what an experienced trial lawyer can do for a veteran with mesothelioma is to confirm that they qualify for benefits based on their disability and military service. At Bergman Draper Oslund Udo, we advise veterans on the detailed process of applying for veterans’ benefits based on a diagnosis of mesothelioma, as well as other general benefits that they qualify for through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
One Disease, One Known Cause, Many Sources Of Exposure
Since mesothelioma among veterans can often be traced to exposure to asbestos during military service, our lawyers and selected experts help our clients determine where they were likely exposed. We then help them pursue all avenues to the recovery of compensation, including filing personal injury claims and lawsuits.
Our law firm has developed a massive database covering all ships used in the U.S. Navy throughout the 20th century. We have pinpointed the manufacturers whose asbestos-laden products outfitted these ships. With this documented information, we have helped many clients obtain settlements and verdicts separately from – and above and beyond – their VA benefits.