A doctor in the Veterans Administration healthcare system may or may not have more experience with mesothelioma patients than a civilian family practice physician, but where VA healthcare really makes a difference for veterans with mesothelioma is in the fact that vets have access to cancer and mesothelioma specialists throughout the entire network of VA hospitals. When your asbestos exposure was service-related, which is the case for many of America’s veterans, VA also offers benefits that can help you with travel costs and other incidentals necessary to get the treatment you need to fight mesothelioma.
Millions of servicemembers were exposed to asbestos over the course of many decades, as the military and many civilian industries relied on the fibers for fireproofing and insulation. Shipbuilders, pipefitters, construction specialties, automotive maintenance, and demolition work, among many others, has exposed soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines to miniscule airborne asbestos fibers, which when inhaled can become lodged deep in the lungs, where they can eventually cause pleural mesothelioma tumors to develop.
When these fibers are swallowed, they can move from the gut to the membrane lining the abdominal cavity, and cause a form of mesothelioma known as peritoneal mesothelioma.
When mesothelioma is caught early, you’ll have the widest range of treatment options available, and if you have access to the VA healthcare system, you can receive treatment from world renowned cancer specialists who specialize in fighting mesothelioma with innovative techniques and treatments. You may also be eligible to participate in clinical trials for mesothelioma, where state of the art approaches to fighting mesothelioma go from concept to life-saving medicine.
If you’re a veteran facing a mesothelioma diagnosis in Louisiana, The Gertler Law Firm can help you navigate the VA claims system to get the benefits you deserve, and access other resources that make sure you have the best tools in your fight against mesothelioma. Call us today at 504-355-0057 for a free consultation with an experienced Louisiana mesothelioma attorney.