Last time, we began looking at the importance of working with an experienced attorney to explore all potential avenues of compensation for asbestos exposure. As we noted last time, one potential alternative for pursuing compensation for asbestos-related diseases is to seek benefits from the Veterans’ Administration.
Benefits for asbestos exposure during military service are only available when certain eligibility and evidence requirements are met. In terms of eligibility, a vet must not have been dishonorably discharged, must have been exposed to asbestos during military service, and must have an asbestos-related disability or disease.
Providing sufficient evidence to support an award of benefits requires two things. First, it must be shown that the vet was exposed to asbestos during military service. Second, it must also be shown that the vet has an asbestos-related disability or disease and that the condition is related to asbestos exposure during military service. Mere exposure to asbestos is not enough to secure benefits.
As part of the application process, the VA usually requires a medical examination and obtains a medical opinion about the relationship between the vet’s condition and his or her asbestos exposure. Like any administrative process, it is helpful for an applicant to have a specific understanding of what is required of them, how to build the strongest possible application, and the process for addressing less than favorable outcomes. Working with an experienced attorney can help ensure that a vet has the best possible opportunity to seek compensation through the VA, as well as through other options like Social Security disability benefits and asbestos litigation.