The link between veterans and mesothelioma is significant. Veterans who served in any branch of the U.S. military account for 33% of all mesothelioma cases.
Because asbestos was known as an inexpensive, effective, and supposedly safe form of insulation that is both heat and fire retardant, ship builders used it in building nearly every ship commissioned by the U.S. military for much of the 20th century — likely causing asbestos exposure that linked many veterans and mesothelioma forever.
Getting Legal Help
Veterans and mesothelioma patients who have previously served in the military and now suffer from the deadly cancer can pursue legal action against the makers of the asbestos product that harmed them.
Sokolove Law accredited attorneys are here to fight on your behalf.
How We Can Help
- Our accredited attorneys know what the VA is looking for when you file an asbestos-related claim and can help detail your asbestos exposure summary to ensure you receive the benefits you’re entitled to
- We may be able to help you secure additional benefits, even if you have already filed a claim
- If you have previously been denied claims with the VA, we can help you through the appeals process
- If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or another asbestos-related disease, you may be entitled to compensation outside of the VA. Sokolove Law will evaluate your potential asbestos case and fight to get you the money you deserve
If you would like to contact one of our accredited attorneys, please call toll-free at 1-866-562-5292.
United States Department of Veterans Affairs
The office of the General Counsel for the United States Department of Veterans Affairs has accredited several Sokolove Law attorneys to prosecute veteran’s claims. An accredited attorney can help navigate the VA claims process and help fight for the benefits you may be entitled to for illnesses caused by asbestos exposure. Attorneys are accredited directly by the VA and can assist with the preparation, presentation and prosecution of claims for VA benefits.
VA accreditation is for the sole purpose of providing representation services to claimants before VA and does not imply that a representative is qualified to provide financial planning services or is otherwise endorsed by VA. VA accreditation may not be used for marketing financial products or promoting a financial services business.
Veterans and mesothelioma have, unfortunately, become so connected in recent decades that those who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or other asbestos diseases can get help through the U.S. government. Veterans should understand that any compensation they may be entitled to as a result of asbestos litigation is separate from their VA benefits.
According to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), veterans with mesothelioma who qualify can receive a number of tax-free benefits, including health care and disability compensation. Disability benefits paid through the VA may range from $133 to $3,447 per month.
Compensation is paid according to the degree of a veteran’s disability as well as the number of dependents. Veterans and mesothelioma victims with severe disabilities may be entitled to additional monthly sums.
Veterans and mesothelioma patients can also visit any of the 1,400 VA medical centers and clinics across the country that offer low-cost treatment options. There are also a number of private and non-profit Veteran Service Organizations that are available to aid veterans and mesothelioma patients with questions regarding their legal rights or medical care options.