As we honor those who sacrificed their lives serving in the U.S. Armed Forces, we must not forget the veterans who are still suffering.
Each year on the last Monday of May, we honor the brave veterans who sacrificed their lives serving in the United States armed forces. These courageous men and women gave their lives to fight for the freedom and safety of millions of Americans. Citizens across the country observe Memorial Day as a time to remember fallen American war heroes. However, thousands of veterans are still losing their lives, not from fighting in wars, but from asbestos exposure from products encountered during their years of service decades ago.
Asbestos, a fibrous mineral widely used in a variety of products and industries for its fire-retardant qualities, is the only known cause of the deadly cancer pleural mesothelioma. Asbestos fibers, when inhaled into the lungs, can start a chain of events in the body that can lead to the development of several serious diseases.
Sadly, veterans comprise nearly 30% of the 3,000 pleural mesothelioma cases diagnosed each year in the United States. These veterans valiantly served our country, but now suffer from diseases caused by asbestos exposure due to the negligence of corporations that failed to warn of the dangers their asbestos-containing products presented. Corporations knew asbestos caused cancer as early as the 1930s.
Starting in the 1970s, the military began prohibiting the use of asbestos in certain operations. However, serious diseases such as mesothelioma can develop after asbestos exposure. Cases of veterans newly diagnosed with mesothelioma, who were exposed to asbestos decades ago, are still occurring.
How Can Waters Kraus Paul & Siegel Help Veterans Suffering from Asbestos Exposure?
Pleural mesothelioma has been deemed a “service-connected” medical condition, meaning that veterans with this disease who were exposed to asbestos during the course of their service may be entitled to VA benefits. The experienced asbestos attorneys at Waters Kraus Paul & Siegel can aid veterans in filing a claim for VA benefits as well as a mesothelioma asbestos lawsuit, if appropriate.
Dealing with complex organizations in order to get the compensation you deserve can be a challenge, and the VA accredited asbestos attorneys at Waters Kraus Paul & Siegel are here to help. Scott Frost, a partner and practicing attorney at the firm, served with the Judge Advocate General’s Corps (JAG) of the U.S. Army for six years. Mr. Frost and other asbestos attorneys at Waters Kraus Paul & Siegel understand the VA system and have been accredited by the Department of Veterans Affairs to prepare, and ensure veterans’ benefits claims. Other VA accredited attorneys at the Waters Kraus Paul & Siegel include Erin Wood, Patrick Wigle, and David Humen.
If you are a veteran of the U.S. armed forces and are suffering from pleural mesothelioma due to asbestos exposure, you may be eligible for compensation. The attorneys at Waters Kraus Paul & Siegel have over 20 years of experience and are fighting for the justice that veterans of this great country deserve. Email us or call our VA accredited asbestos attorneys at 800.226.9880 to discuss your potential VA benefits claim or mesothelioma asbestos lawsuit.