Marine veterans may have been exposed to asbestos while they were on active duty. Because the Marine Corps conducts operations with the Navy, Army, and Air Force, they may come in contact with the same asbestos-containing materials that have also affected the veterans in those other branches.
Asbestos was widely used to make the vessels used by the Marines, as well as in the construction of the bases. Unfortunately, this makes it more likely for prolonged exposure to asbestos. While there isn’t a safe amount of asbestos to be exposed to, prolonged exposure increases the chances of developing a life-threatening illness. Marine veterans and mesothelioma are often linked because of this exposure. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you may feel like you’re not sure of what to do next. The personal injury lawyers at Frost Law Firm, PC can help you during this difficult time.
Our lawyers protect the rights of those who have been exposed to asbestos that resulted in a debilitating illness. Mesothelioma is an aggressive cancer that takes years to present. When it’s finally caught, there’s the chance the cancer is in advanced stages. This news can devastate a family, but it doesn’t mean you’re out of options. We’ll fight for you or your loved one to recover rightful compensation to access the care and financial security necessary for the future.
Where Could Asbestos Exposure Have Occurred?
While the use of asbestos is not common in the United States anymore, many of the remaining buildings, vessels, and ships built during the time that it was used are still around to this day. The presence of asbestos is dangerous on its own, but in addition to this, the age of the buildings or vessels can cause degradation. When the structure begins to weaken due to age, the integrity of the asbestos-containing material may not be as sound. This makes it more likely for particles of asbestos to be released into the air and settle.
Whether it’s from renovations in the building, repairing a vessel, or age, anything built with asbestos-containing materials poses a threat to those who are in the environment. Those in the area can breathe in the fibers, whether it’s in the air or it settles on their clothes. Asbestos fibers can also settle on food and be ingested.
Once asbestos fibers are in a person’s body, the person may not even realize it. Then, years later, the asbestos fibers can cause cancer that doesn’t have a cure. As your doctor goes over the treatment options, it’s difficult to realize these may help with preventing the spread of the cancer and with mitigating pain, but will likely not be able to get rid of the damage the asbestos fibers have caused. It’s important for Marine veterans to know there are people who will give them the representation they deserve so they can get maximum compensation for what they’ve experienced and will continue to experience.
Marine Veterans With Mesothelioma Have Options
As someone who has contracted an illness due to exposure to asbestos, you may think that you only have one recovery option—a personal injury claim. While a personal injury claim is one way you can seek compensation for your economic and noneconomic losses, there may be information about benefits and ways to obtain them that you don’t know exists—but your lawyer does. We can help you find other ways for you to receive benefits for your mesothelioma diagnosis and treatment.
As a veteran, you may be eligible to receive disability benefits through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. They offer compensation for those who have been exposed to asbestos and are suffering from an asbestos-related illness if a veteran was exposed during their time of service. It’s important to note that these benefits are for health care and compensation, which is not necessarily the same as what you could get from a personal injury claim.
When filing for disability benefits, it’s important to have all the information you need so you present a strong claim that gives you a higher chance of approval. We can assist you in gathering the documents you need in order to prove that you served in the military, were exposed to asbestos during your time of service, and are suffering from an illness caused by that exposure. This could be overwhelming for you to do on your own, especially when you’re dealing with treatment. Allow our lawyers to take some of the burden off you so you can focus on your health and family.
Frost Law Firm, PC Can Help Marine Veterans Who Were Exposed to Asbestos
Your lawyer will help you find the right avenues to take when you’re seeking benefits. You can count on us to make sure everything is done properly. You won’t have to worry about technicalities preventing you from getting the compensation you deserve.
Frost Law Firm, PC is proud to protect the rights of Marine veterans. As you’ve spent years serving your country, now it’s our turn to serve you. When our Hawaii mesothelioma lawyers are at your side, we’ll diligently investigate your case to discover the likely cause of how you came into contact with asbestos and how that contact has harmed you. We’ll seek full and fair compensation so you don’t have to worry about affording medical care and keeping up with other financial responsibilities. Call our law office today to schedule a free consultation.