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Legal Rights for Veterans with Mesothelioma

The attorneys at Clapper Patti Schweizer & Mason have extensive knowledge of products used throughout the US Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Army. With over thirty years of specializing in handling only asbestos cases, we have expertise in where, how, and when such products were used, and who manufactured, sold and distributed the products. We also know the entire history of how these manufacturers knew the dangers of asbestos for years and yet failed to prevent and protect servicemen from being exposed.

Veterans with mesothelioma have legal rights and can seek compensation for their medical expenses as well as personal loss by filing a claim against the asbestos manufacturers responsible for producing the products that caused their illness. This type of lawsuit establishes what is referred to as product liability, where any or all parties along the chain of manufacture of the asbestos product that caused the illness can be held responsible for damages. This includes the manufacturer of component parts, assembling manufacturer, wholesaler or distributor. Asbestos product liability cases are brought based upon negligence, where manufacturers acted in a manner which lacked reasonable care knowing that their product would result in harm.

If you or a loved one is a veteran and has been diagnosed with mesothelioma or recently passed away due to mesothelioma, you have the right to pursue legal compensation to help cover costs, lost wages, and loss of life. To learn more about how to file a mesothelioma lawsuit or other asbestos related claims.

Disability Benefits

Veterans from every branch of the military diagnosed with an asbestos-related cancer or illness have the right to file a disability claim with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). However, this process can be very difficult as the veteran has to prove with sufficient evidence that their exposure occurred while performing military duties and that the primary and most substantial source of exposure occurred during service. To receive disability benefits, veterans must also prove that their occupational time in service is the main cause of exposure and disease, whether asbestosis, mesothelioma or lung cancer. In addition, the veteran must determine proof of a compensatory asbestos-related disease as defined by the VA.

An experienced asbestos attorney can help to establish both conditions, causation and evidence of disease. Even then, the VA may not approve the claim or offer sufficient benefits. In that case, a mesothelioma lawyer can offer an alternative route, which is to seek compensation from the manufacturers and distributors of asbestos products directly.

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