Over the next several weeks, we’ll explore some of the key topics of interest for veterans of the military regarding exposure to asbestos and the possible consequences to their health and finances that can result from the exposure.
Veterans at risk for potentially fatal levels of asbestos exposure typically are those who served between the years of the First World War and Vietnam. Those individuals were not made aware of the risks to their well being at their time of service, and some may not even be aware of them now. The purpose of these next several articles is to educate and inform those who may have been affected by toxic levels of asbestos about their medical, legal and financial options in the years following exposure.
More information about the risks and consequences of asbestos exposure for veterans of the U.S. Military, including a free consultation of your possible case against those responsible for exposing you to a known dangerous carcinogen, you can contact Shrader Law and Associates, LLP directly anytime of the day TOLL-FREE at 1-877-637-6347.
PART IX: Seeking Medical Treatment for Mesothelioma in Navy Veterans
After being diagnosed with a rare form of cancer called mesothelioma, navy veterans are often just as surprised as anyone else might be to receive such startling and unexpected news. Many of the vets who are most at risk for developing mesothelioma or another asbestos-related illness are completely clueless to the fact that they are in a high-risk group at-much less the highest risk group, statistically, in the U.S. today.
What to Know Before Seeking Treatment for Mesothelioma-for Navy Veterans
It’s important to know, before seeking treatment privately, that is you worked on one of the many hundreds of U.S. Navy ships with asbestos material, you are entitled to not just compensation but also a myriad of benefits though the Department of Veteran Affairs. Once such benefit is medical care and treatment, provided at any VA hospital or healthcare center nationwide.
How to File a VA Claim and Begin Received Medical Care of the Government’s Dime
Immediately after being diagnosed with mesothelioma, navy veterans should do two things. The first is to seek out an attorney for assistance filing a civil mesothelioma lawsuit against the negligent parties responsible for manufacturing, distributing and/or installing asbestos materials in their workspace and either recklessly or negligently forfeiting their health in the process. The second is to file a claim with the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, either through the assistance of their aforementioned attorney or by going down to the local VA’s office and requesting the help of a staff member there. Claims may also be filed individually, by the intended beneficiary, online.