Overcome mesothelioma health care problems at the VA with legal help

Sometimes it takes the efforts of a lawyer to get the effective medical treatment you need.

Mesothelioma is a cancer that affects the lining of the lungs. The only known cause of mesothelioma is exposure to asbestos. While the disease can lie dormant for decades after asbestos exposure, once mesothelioma strikes, it is often fast-acting and deadly.

Military veterans from all branches of the armed services have been found to be disproportionately affected by mesothelioma compared to members of the general public. The reason for this is that asbestos, despite its known health risks among military leaders, was widely used as a building material in constructing ships, planes and other military apparatuses throughout most of the 20th century. Asbestos is naturally resistant to heat and flame, nonconductive and, when one does not factor in associated health care costs, cheap, making it useful for many military applications.

There are several new and innovative treatment options for patients with mesothelioma that can be somewhat effective if the disease is diagnosed quickly and appropriate actions are taken. But, when patients with mesothelioma do not receive rapid, excellent care, the prognosis might be dire.

Eligibility for VA health care benefits can, in some cases, be extremely helpful for veterans and the family members of veterans. Yet, the VA system is known for dragging its feet, and when it comes to mesothelioma treatment, even a matter of few weeks can make a huge difference.

If you or someone you love has been experiencing the symptoms of mesothelioma - such as shortness of breath, chest or abdominal pain, sudden weight loss, chronic fatigue, irregular heartbeat, and forgetfulness, to name a few - but you have had trouble with getting VA medical benefits or with getting the prompt diagnosis and treatment you think you are due, it may be time to consider legal action.

An attorney experienced in handling mesothelioma claims for veterans can not only help you get the VA benefits to which you are entitled; your attorney will point you in the direction of alternative medical specialists as needed and will be able to ensure you get fair compensation from any nonmilitary third parties responsible for causing asbestos exposure.

When mesothelioma affects your or a loved one, your number one priority is getting the prompt, quality medical care that is needed. But sometimes, to get that care and bypass obstacles that may present themselves in the VA medical care system, legal help is required. Get in touch with The Law Offices of Wallace & Graham today to learn more about what a mesothelioma lawyer can do for veterans and veterans' families.

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