Given their service and devotion to this country, veterans deserve the highest quality care. Unfortunately, for veterans with mesothelioma, it is not easy to get quality care. Compounding this problem is that the disease sits dormant for approximately 20 to 50 years. As a result, veterans are often left with few options for treatment.
A mesothelioma diagnosis typically leave patients, including veterans, with medical bills, lost wages, travel expenses for medical treatments, mental health needs, pain and suffering and, possibly, funeral expenses. If you are a veteran, you and your loved ones may decide to seek help for these expenses.
Unfortunately, veterans suffering from mesothelioma are not allowed to seek compensation from the government through the legal system. However, they can still receive benefits through the United States Department of Veteran Affairs (VA). This government agency can assist veterans and discuss their options. It assists veterans with a variety of issues, including finding jobs, getting home loans, acquiring more education and even getting disability compensation for injuries received during service.
The VA will walk veterans through each step toward getting benefits, the most important of which is filing a claim. It should be noted that the VA doesn't consider mesothelioma to be a service-related illness, so veterans trying to prove that their condition is a result of asbestos exposure from their military service are finding that it can be an arduous process. But receiving compensation for medical expenses can be done.
For starters, veterans must to prove that their asbestos exposure did not come from any other job. Unless asbestos exposure and the development of mesothelioma are directly tied to military service, veterans are directed to seek compensation from the manufacturers of asbestos products instead of from the VA. If the VA approves the claim for benefits, veterans can receive medical benefits for treatment, often through veteran's hospitals.
In addition to receiving medical benefits, veterans also have legal options because of the danger they withstood while in service. A number of law firms and advocacy groups are available that regularly help veterans seek compensation from asbestos manufacturers for medical expenses, rehabilitation, lost wages and pain and suffering. They also help get support for families of veterans if the veteran dies as the result of mesothelioma. In such cases, law firms specializing in mesothelioma cases help families pursue wrongful death claims.