Every branch of the U.S. Military used asbestos until at least the early 1980s. This put countless soldiers, sailors, and airmenat risk. And now, roughly one in three mesothelioma diagnoses affects a veteran.
If you or a loved one received a diagnosis of mesothelioma and you believe it’s related to your asbestos exposure in the military, you may qualify to receive compensation.
When can you file a claim?
Tennessee, Georgia, and other veterans diagnosed with mesothelioma can obtain compensation for their healthcare expenses and the suffering they and their families endured. You must file a claim to recover this compensation.
However, many people might wonder when – and if – they qualify to file a claim. In these cases, there are three conditions you must meet to be eligible to file a claim:
- You are a veteran.
- You were diagnosed with mesothelioma.
- You suffered exposure to asbestos during your service.
What evidence should your claim include?
Essentially, you must provide proof of the three criteria listed above to file a disability claim with the Department of Veterans Affairs. You will need to provide:
- Copies of your medical records, both private records and VA records;
- Statements from you, family members, friends, and/orother veterans about your exposure or condition;
- Your service records that explain your job and duties during your service; and
- A professional medical statement that exposure to asbestos during your service caused or at least contributed to your diagnosis.
If you or a loved one suffered exposure to asbestos during service and received a diagnosis of mesothelioma, you should have complete coverage under the VA.
Even so, filing a claim can often be complex. Consulting an experienced attorney is often beneficial when pursuing compensation. An attorney can help you protect your rights and navigate the process of filing a claim.
Financial compensation will not reverse your diagnosis. However, it can help to reduce the stress your family faces in this tough time and the fight against cancer.