Mesothelioma, lung cancer and asbestosis are serious diseases caused by the inhalation of asbestos dust, particles and fibers, usually during construction, maritime, commercial or industrial work prior to the 1980’s. Generally, it takes decades for the symptoms of these diseases to begin to develop, and patients and their families are left blindsided by the diagnosis. While obtaining adequate medical care is the number one priority for individuals with these conditions, exploring all potential avenues of compensation is also key to ensuring that the funds for medical care, lost wages, and other damages are available. It is estimated that nearly 30% of asbestos related diseases can be attributed to military service.
Asbestos In the Military
Asbestos was widely used in all branches of the military, including the Army, Navy, Marines, Coast Guard and the Air Force. Naval vessels, aircraft and automobiles contained asbestos, as well as military housing. The military largely stopped using asbestos along with the rest of the United States in the mid-1980’s, however, men and women who served in any branch of the military between 1940 and 1990 are at an increased risk for developing an asbestos related disease. The military jobs with the highest risk for asbestos exposure includes but is not limited to pipefitting, mining, insulation work, demolition work, and insulation work.
Veteran’s Benefits For Asbestos Related Diseases
There are a variety of Veteran’s Benefits available for individuals who have served in the military and have come into contact with asbestos during their service. Many veterans are eligible for VA health care, regardless of whether they have been exposed to asbestos, and this medical care can prove to be invaluable for patients who need expensive treatments like surgeries and chemotherapy.
Disability compensation may also be available for veterans who have a confirmed diagnosis of service-connected mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is rated as a 100% disability, which generally allows veterans to receive the maximum allowable disability benefit. The immediate family of the veteran may also be eligible for DIC, or Dependency and Indemnity Compensation. This benefit provides financial compensation monthly to the surviving spouse and/or dependent children of the veteran if he or she passed away as a result of service-connected mesothelioma.
Contact an Experienced California Mesothelioma Attorney Today
Anyone who has ever dealt with Veterans’ Affairs understands that obtaining health care or any type of financial compensation can be a lengthy and complex process. By working with a skilled attorney with specific experience in advocating for veterans who have been affected by asbestos related diseases, you can increase the chances that your case will be resolved successfully.
Attorney Stephen Healy has obtained several multi-million dollar settlements for his clients and their families, and is dedicated to helping veterans obtain the maximum compensation and benefits that are available to them. By utilizing his unique understanding of mesothelioma cases and how the military contributed to the cause of mesothelioma across the nation, he can provide you with the legal edge your case needs.
If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with asbestosis or mesothelioma, it’s important that you take action right away. Contact Attorney Healy today for a consultation by calling (844) 466-3768.