Veterans are the largest group of mesothelioma patients. There are several types of compensation available for veterans who are diagnosed with an asbestos illness.
The most common are VA Disability Compensation and VA Pension.
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Busting Myths About Legal Options
Filing a claim can seem like a stressful, lengthy process. This is why reputable mesothelioma attorneys handle the majority of claims themselves, letting the patients focus on their healthcare.
Some people are hesitant to begin the legal process due to common misconceptions, such as:
Hiring a mesothelioma attorney is expensive.
A legal claim takes up a lot of personal time and resources.
You can’t sue if you’re not sure who is responsible for your exposure.
If you file out of state, you will have to travel.
Claims are filed against the government or military if your condition is related to military service.
What to Expect from an Experienced Law Firm
Attorneys Determine Asbestos Exposure
Many patients aren’t sure which instance of asbestos exposure is responsible for their condition, so attorneys have developed methods to determine which products patients were exposed to and which companies are responsible.
No Upfront Legal Fees
While pursuing treatment, the last thing a patient needs is to be burdened with more expenses.
Fortunately, mesothelioma attorneys work on a contingency basis, meaning they only get paid a percentage of the amount recovered.
This means that patients won’t pay anything out of pocket, regardless of the outcome of their case.
Lawyers Travel to You
In regards to a patient’s legal claim, travel is of no concern for patients.
Attorneys from top law firms often travel to a patient’s home to collect all necessary information.
Patients should always choose an experienced national law firm that is willing to travel to them.
Legal Claims Aren’t Filed Against the Military
Many veterans feel hesitant because of the myth that they would be filing a claim against their own military.
Claims are not filed against the government or armed forces. They are filed against the negligent companies who supplied the military with asbestos products.
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Asbestos Trust Funds
Many manufacturing companies that used asbestos in their products had to declare bankruptcy after a flood of mesothelioma claims wiped them out. Realizing that there were still tens of thousands of individuals who could still develop mesothelioma, Congress amended the bankruptcy code in 1994.
This allowed liable companies to set up trust funds for people who had been exposed to their products without protection. Trust funds ensure that those harmed can receive compensation even if the company that harmed them has bankrupted.
These funds are also beneficial because the process to approve a claim is much faster than filing a suit against a company. Some attorneys even sit on the boards of these trusts to manage funds, distribute compensation, and assist those affected by asbestos.
Filing a trust fund claim requires providing detailed evidence regarding the victim’s diagnosis and exposure to asbestos products. An experienced attorney can help patients outline their exposure history so they can access their fair share of funds. Get access to asbestos trust funds now.
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Compensation for Veterans
Veterans make up a third of the 3,000 cases of mesothelioma that are diagnosed each year due to the overabundance of asbestos use in the military. Because of this, they have the benefit of being able to file claims with the VA as well as with the regular court system; they also have access to asbestos trust funds.
Here are three ways veterans can get financial compensation for their mesothelioma diagnosis or other asbestos-related diseases:
Disability Compensation – Veterans with mesothelioma qualify for a 100 percent disability rating. Disability compensation starts at $2,900 per month.
Dependency and Indemnity – The VA also recognizes that family members are affected by a mesothelioma diagnosis too, paying out $1,280 per month.
Pensions – Veterans with very limited income and who are over the age of 65 may be eligible for a VA pension in addition to other benefits.
Get Help Filing a Claim
Unfortunately, veterans may have some misconceptions about VA claims. Sure, filing a claim can be a lengthy, complicated process. However, veterans don’t have to file their claims alone. Getting help ensures you get all the benefits you’re entitled to. Other benefits include:
Free help filing a claim
Ensuring you get the maximum compensation
Reducing the stress of filing alone
Mesothelioma Guide’s VA-accredited claims agent is available to help for free. A retired LCDR of the U.S. Navy, Carl Jewett has helped hundreds of veterans get full compensation. Get connected with LCDR Jewett to get help filing a claim today.