Veterans exposed to asbestos have options to pursue benefits

Veterans of the U.S. military are among those who are known to be at an increased risk of developing serious illnesses caused by asbestos.

Navy veterans in particular were at risk of being exposed to asbestos for decades. The toxic fiber was commonly used in many of the materials found on vessels, including boilers, turbines, gaskets and pipes. Servicemen and women who have concerns about their exposure may be wise to explore their options for compensation which could include lawsuit awards and disability benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

To pursue legal action and compensation, veterans can file a lawsuit if exposure to asbestos has resulted in mesothelioma, lung cancer or other related illnesses. It may be possible to name asbestos manufacturers or contractors in a lawsuit for exposure to products made or used by these parties.

Disability benefits can also be available. Many veterans are able to successfully file a claim with the VA to collect payments for injuries or illnesses suffered in the course of or as a result of serving in the military.

Filing a claim or application for financial support can be complicated. There are certain guidelines that must be met, medical records that must be collected and service histories that must be documented. Pulling this information together and complying with legal and government procedures can be quite frustrating, especially when you are already struggling with a devastating health condition.

The attorneys at the Law Offices of Wallace Graham have experience helping veterans pursue these and other benefits. We can help you navigate complicated systems, complete appropriate paperwork and pursue maximum compensation for your injuries and illnesses.

For more information on our firm’s history and background on our work with veterans, please visit our webpage.