Veterans & Asbestos Exposure
Chicago Mesothelioma Attorneys Representing Military Veterans in All 50 States
Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that was used for centuries in manufacturing and production. Unfortunately, it has more recently been linked to serious illnesses, including mesothelioma, asbestosis, and asbestos lung cancer. Mesothelioma alone kills 3,000 people every year in the United States. The frightening reality is that more than 30% of these victims are veterans of the United States military.
Veterans of the U.S. Navy are at the highest risk of developing asbestos-related illnesses due to the prevalence of asbestos in Navy shipyards and ships. Our Chicago mesothelioma lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm offer strategic representation for former servicemen and women who have been diagnosed with asbestos-related illnesses. We have recovered millions of dollars for our clients, and we can travel anywhere in the United States to provide you with the representation you need.
Why Are Veterans at Risk for Mesothelioma?
Asbestos was heavily used in the military between the years of 1920 and 1980. While products and materials containing asbestos were banned in 1985, individuals who served in the U.S. Armed Forces prior to that date could be at risk. Mesothelioma and other asbestos-related illnesses often take years and even decades to manifest. In addition, veterans who served more recently—including those who served tours of duty in Middle Eastern countries such as Iraq and Afghanistan—may have been exposed to materials containing asbestos while on the job, as many countries around the world still utilize asbestos in construction and manufacturing.
Who Do I Sue if I Was Diagnosed with Mesothelioma?
No. If you choose to pursue a lawsuit as a veteran diagnosed with mesothelioma or a related disease, you will not be suing the government. Your lawsuit will be against the manufacturer responsible for developing the asbestos-containing products that caused your illness.
Some of the occupations in the military with the highest rates of asbestos exposure include:
- Machinists’ mates
- Shipyard workers
- Builders/construction workers
- Roofing/flooring installation workers
- Motor vehicle repairmen
- Repairing/maintaining vehicles, equipment, and friction products
- Demolition workers
- Insulation workers
The truth is, manufacturers involved in these industries and others were aware of the risks associated with asbestos use years before the substance was officially banned in the U.S. In spite of this knowledge, they still subjected consumers, workers, and members of the military to the harmful effects of this carcinogen. These companies did not even warn members of the Armed Forces about these risks or provide them with the safety information that could have kept many healthy and even saved lives.
Can I Collect VA Benefits if I Was Diagnosed with Mesothelioma?
In addition to filing a legal claim against the manufacturers responsible for your exposure to asbestos, you may also be entitled to VA benefits for mesothelioma or other asbestos-related conditions. These two forms of compensation are separate. Our Illinois mesothelioma attorneys can help you with both aspects of pursuing your financial compensation.
Your VA benefits may include:
- Medical expenses payments
- Disability compensation
- More tax-free benefits
Call Pintas & Mullins Law Firm at (800) 774-7120
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