Veterans of the United States Armed Forces who were exposed to asbestos while on duty and were later diagnosed with an asbestos related disease such as mesothelioma or lung cancer may be eligible to receive asbestos compensation benefits from the Veterans Benefits Administration.
You may be eligible to file for V.A. benefits if you served in any branch of the military and had any occupational duties where you may have been subject to asbestos exposure. This includes coming into contact with products that were known to contain asbestos. Asbestos in the military was used in ships, barracks, airplanes, tanks, submarines and various other heavy defense equipment which required asbestos heat resistance properties.
If you worked on demolition of buildings, construction of buildings, ships, carpentry, installation of pipes, cement sheet, flooring, clutch or brake linings, military parts containing asbestos. Asbestos was widely used up until the 1980’s when regulations began to remove asbestos and is still in use today. Once asbestos is inhaled or ingested it can reside in the body for decades resulting in deadly diseases such as mesothelioma or lung cancer caused from asbestos exposure.
Eligibility requirements for a Veterans claim include being discharged from the military honorably, exposed to asbestos during military service, and the ability to prove your disease was a result of asbestos exposure during your military service.
You also must have some evidence of your claims of asbestos exposure which could include witness statements or other paperwork which evidences what job duties you had while in the military and the resulting asbestos exposure. You need a medical examination and an official opinion that your illness resulted from asbestos exposure during your military service.
As with any liability claim benefit it is important to seek legal help from an experienced attorney before you initiate your claim and allow them to be responsible for the entire asbestos lawsuit process.
Along with VA Benefits, there are important product manufacturers who you may have legal rights against and asbestos bankruptcy trust funds may also be available. Along with possible lawsuits and settlements against the companies legally responsible for your asbestos exposure and the resulting illness.