Veterans’ disability benefits provide medical treatment and monetary compensation for health problems caused by your military service.
This compensation can make a difference in your life, protecting your dignity and increasing your financial independence after serving your country damaged your health.
Benefits extend to diseases from asbestos exposure in the military.
Asbestos is a natural fiber that was used for decades in construction and mechanical materials because of its insulating and fire-resistant qualities. It also attacks your lungs. When asbestos gets disturbed, invisible particles can escape into the air, lodge into your lungs and cause serious harm.
U.S. Navy ships used to contain asbestos, for example, leading to cases of Navy veterans and mesothelioma cancer.
It seems obvious you should get payment for illnesses from military service that significantly disrupt your life.
But the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) often denies benefits or gives you a disability rating so low that your compensation isn’t enough.
The veterans’ asbestos exposure lawyers at Horenstein, Nicholson & Blumenthal can help you gather medical evidence and show why you need benefits.
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The VA lists several ways you could have gotten asbestos exposure in the military.
If you served in Iraq, elsewhere in the Middle East, or Southeast Asia in places where buildings were damaged during attacks, you may have inhaled asbestos that was in the air among the debris.
Many different jobs in the military also could put you around asbestos, including:
And many different materials people work with in those jobs could contain asbestos, including brake linings, cement sheets, clutch facings, flooring, insulation, pipes and roofing.
For decades before the 1980s, many U.S. Navy ships were built using asbestos, exposing generations of sailors who served there and creating the cases of Navy veterans and mesothelioma.
If you’re a Navy veteran over age 50 who served on a USS vessel, there’s a chance you served on a ship that had asbestos. That could be the source of health problems you’re experiencing now.
HNB Law can help you get answers to your questions about veterans’ disability benefits.
And you can explore your personal options for compensation for your illness by getting the veterans’ disability lawyers HNB Law to evaluate your case FOR FREE.