Working For Veterans Suffering From Mesothelioma

America’s veterans entered the service knowing there were risks. They never realized they were endangering their lives with asbestos exposure that made them vulnerable for mesothelioma.

The 2016 Census revealed that over 20 million veterans have developed asbestos-related cancer. If you are a veteran who has developed mesothelioma, call the personal injury attorneys at the Los Angeles firm of DeBlase Brown Eyerly LLP

What Is Mesothelioma?

Mesothelioma is an aggressive, deadly form of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. It can affect the lungs, or (in rarer cases) the abdomen, the heart or the testicles.

Asbestos, a mineral found in the environment, was used because it is strong and fire-resistant. If it is inhaled or swallowed, it can get into your stomach or lungs and lie dormant from about 20 to 70 years.

What Are The Signs And Symptoms Of Mesothelioma?

The signs and symptoms depend on where your cancer develops.

If cancer develops in these areas, the signs and symptoms can include:

  • Abdominal pain and swelling
  • Breathing difficulty; chest pain
  • Chest pains; fluid around the lungs; a severe cough; shortness of breath; lumps under the skin on your chest
  • Swelling of the testicle or a mass on it

General symptoms can include:

  • Fatigue
  • Fever or sweating at night
  • Muscle weakness
  • Nausea
  • Weight loss

Why Are Veterans Getting Mesothelioma More Frequently Than Other People?

Asbestos was used to insulate and strengthen buildings, ships, aircraft and vehicles from the 1930s through the 1970s. Veterans who were in high-risk jobs that included regular asbestos exposure are six times more likely to die from mesothelioma.

The U.S. Department Of Veterans Affairs Provides Disability Benefits

If you are a veteran and developed mesothelioma, you could be eligible for health care and compensation through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

To file a claim for these benefits, you will need to provide supporting documents.

That includes:

  • Doctor’s documentation connecting your illness with asbestos contact while you served
  • Medical records that state your disability
  • Service records listing your job and specialty while you served

Providing Legal Assistance For Veterans Who Have Developed Mesothelioma

If you are a veteran who is suffering from mesothelioma in California, our lawyers will work for you to get the best outcome possible. If you were exposed to asbestos, call our Los Angeles office at 310-243-6607 or email us.