Among the people at high risk of developing asbestos-related illnesses are veterans. This is because of the widespread use of asbestos in the military. Fortunately, veterans who later develop mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases may be eligible to recover VA benefits by filing a VA claim. In this article, we discuss the meaning of a VA claim, the eligibility criteria for VA benefits, and how to file a VA claim.
What Is a VA Claim?
A VA claim is a type of claim that veterans who develop an illness or disability as a result of their service in the military file. A VA claim enables sick or disabled veterans to recover monetary compensation. Veterans who develop health issues due to asbestos exposure during their military service can file a VA asbestos claim. VA claims are filed with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). After a veteran files their claim, the claim is subjected to a rating system that assesses disease type, exposure history, and disease severity. This rating scale is used to determine compensation amounts.
The VA provides several benefits for veterans with asbestos-related illnesses, including the following;
- Disability compensation
- Aid and attendance benefits
- Healthcare services
- Pension benefits
Spouses and loved ones of veterans may also be eligible for compensation.
The VA recognizes numerous asbestos-related illnesses, including the following;
- Lung cancer
- Larynx cancer
- Bronchus cancer
- Pharynx cancer
- Gastrointestinal tract cancer
The Department of Veterans Affairs recognizes that asbestos-related illnesses can affect veterans from different branches of the military. However, workers in certain positions were at a higher risk of being exposed to asbestos. The VA advises veterans who worked in certain fields to speak to a doctor about monitoring signs of asbestos exposure. High-risk job positions include;
Eligibility Criteria for VA Benefits
To be eligible to file a VA asbestos claim, a veteran must meet certain requirements.
- The veteran must have been honorably discharged from the military
- The veteran must have provable asbestos exposure during their time in the military
- The veteran must have medical documentation of an asbestos-related disease diagnosis
When determining whether a veteran is eligible to file a VA asbestos claim, the veteran’s age is not taken into consideration.
How to File a VA Asbestos Claim
Eligible veterans must go through several steps when it comes to filing a VA asbestos claim. These steps include the following;
- Gathering evidence, including medical records, documentation of military service, and evidence that can help prove asbestos exposure during that time
- Completing the necessary forms
- Submitting the claim to the VA
- Attending necessary examinations
Before filing a claim, speaking to an experienced attorney is crucial. A skilled lawyer can help gather the necessary evidence and supporting documents. An attorney can explain the claim process and ensure the claim is filed correctly.
After a VA claim is filed, the VA reviews it. The process of reviewing a claim might take some time. Once the VA reaches a decision, the claimant is notified.
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