VA Benefits and Asbestos

Thirty percent of those diagnosed with mesothelioma annually are military veterans

Did you know that mesothelioma is recognized as a “service-connected” medical condition by the Veteran Affairs Department (VA)? This means that you may be eligible for VA benefits. Qualifying can be challenging, but help is available. Currently, U.S. military veterans account for just seven percent of the American population. However, veterans are estimated to be 30 percent of the nearly 3,000 mesothelioma cases diagnosed annually in the United States. If you are a veteran who was exposed to asbestos during your military service and you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, a VA accredited attorney can help you file for VA benefits.

Waters Kraus & Paul’s asbestos lawyers have successfully prosecuted cases for clients who were exposed throughout the United States, Canada, and even the Middle East including Iran, where many American citizens worked in refineries.

Discovering that you or a loved has been diagnosed with mesothelioma can be a heavy blow leaving you stunned. We can help. Partner and practicing asbestos lawyer, Scott Frost, formerly served with the Judge Advocate General’s Corps of the U.S. Army for six years. He understands the VA system. Scott and several other attorneys at Waters Kraus & Paul are accredited by the Department of Veterans Affairs. This means they are authorized to prepare, present, and prosecute claims for veterans’ benefits before the Department of Veterans Affairs. Waters Kraus & Paul has been helping veterans and their families seek justice for more than 20 years. In fact, almost 50 percent of our clients are military veterans and our asbestos lawyers have tried many Navy cases to verdict.

U.S. military veterans who have sacrificed their lives in battle fighting for our country are not the only victims of wars gone by. Countless veterans from all branches of the armed forces were exposed to asbestos during their military service and are now being diagnosed with mesothelioma. For them, the war continues on.

Asbestos exposure is the only known cause of mesothelioma. Asbestos-containing materials were used extensively in U.S. Navy shipyards and military bases. Veterans with a history of long-term or intensive asbestos exposure are particularly susceptible to this life-threatening cancer. When asbestos dust is inhaled into the lungs, it starts a chain of events within the body that can lead to the development of mesothelioma over time.

If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, it is important that you talk to an asbestos lawyer who is VA accredited before submitting any claims. He or she can help you thoroughly explore all options that may be applicable to you.

High Risk Military Duties:

  • Aircraft Mechanic
  • Auto Mechanic
  • Boiler Tender
  • Electricians Mate
  • Engineman
  • Fireman / Fire Control
  • Machinist Mate
  • SeaBees
  • Shipfitter

High Risk Military Jobsites:

  • Naval Ships
  • Shipyards
  • Building Construction
  • Renovation Projects
  • Power Facilities

Filing a Claim for Mesothelioma

Dealing with complex, bureaucratic organizations can be overwhelming and intimidating, especially when you are sick and worried about financial obligations. We can help. Waters Kraus & Paul has VA accredited lawyers who can guide you through the submissions and appeals process at no cost to you or your family – from filling out the proper forms to pulling together the necessary documentation. We are experienced in drafting asbestos exposure summaries, identifying other sources of exposure, and producing a fully developed claim. Our lawyers can protect your VA Benefits and any other compensation that you may be eligible to receive.

Contact us to learn how you can protect your interests and maximize your recovery from all sources available to you.

How Long Have Manufacturers Known The Risks of Asbestos?

Many mesothelioma victims are entitled to asbestos exposure compensation. Asbestos manufacturers often knew of the dangers. In fact, asbestos was first linked to cancer as early as the 1930s.

Evidence shows that these companies did not advise workers of the potential hazards, nor did they make any effort to put warning labels on the products to inform workers of the dangers of asbestos. As a result, thousands of workers have developed mesothelioma over the past century. Many have died, and many others face staggering medical bills as their health deteriorates.

Johnson & Johnson Memorandum Suggests Dangers in Baby Powder

February 22, 2018 Johnson & Johnson demonstrates lack of transparency and consistency in its communication with the public. One question in one memo has become a proverbial Pandora’s box for Johnson & Johnson. The memorandum in question addressed the issue of if their…

City Demolitions Show Lack of Asbestos Mitigation

January 23, 2018 Austin’s city council will study demolitions’ effect on affordable housing and how a lack of mitigation on asbestos may not be helping. A recent audit in Austin, Texas has found an increasing number of housing demolitions with a lack of…
Lack of mitigation on asbestos exposure from housing demolitions

Gary Paul, Michael Armitage & Scott Frost Named on 2018 Southern California Super Lawyers List

February 13, 2018 Waters Kraus & Paul partners selected to appear in 2018 Southern California Super Lawyers Magazine Gary Paul, Michael Armitage, and Scott Frost, partners at Waters Kraus & Paul, have each respectively been selected for inclusion in the 2018 Southern California Super Lawyers list as featured in special sections of The New York Times and The Los Angeles Magazine. This is a special honor in that the list is comprised of only five percent of attorneys in Southern California. About Southern California Super Lawyers Super Lawyers® is a publication of Thompson Reuters and uses a patented multi-phase process to recognize only…
Waters Kraus & Paul attorneys included in Super Lawyers List 2018

What are my chances?

That’s the first question everyone asks. The truth is it’s impossible to know. But we can tell you this. Waters Kraus & Paul has what it takes to fight against big corporate interests and win. That’s why we’ve taken more mesothelioma trials to verdict than any other firm. And that’s why we’ve recovered more than $1.3 billion for clients like you. Do you think you have a case? Contact us now to speak with an attorney.

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