West Virginia Agent Orange Exposure Attorney
Veterans may be eligible for disability compensation and health care benefits for diseases associated with Agent Orange, a herbicide widely used in Vietnam. More than 100,000 veterans were exposed to herbicides while in Vietnam and may now qualify for benefits. You may want to consider calling an agent orange exposure attorney.
Agent Orange received its name from the orange identifying stripe on the gallon drums in which it was stored and was used during Operation Ranch Hand to remove trees that provided enemy cover. The U.S. Department of Defense developed these herbicides to be used in combat operation, but the herbicides gave off an unwanted byproduct known as the dioxin TCDD. This dioxin is the most toxic of the dioxins and is considered a human carcinogen.
Agent Orange dries quickly and is no longer harmful once it breaks down. However, the effects of the chemical while it is still toxic can be long-term and severe. Certain cancers and other heath issues have been associated with the exposure to Agent Orange and other herbicides.
If you served in Vietnam or anywhere else where you were exposed to Agent Orange then you may be entitled to Veteran’s benefits. Call Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law today at 877-526-3455 or fill out our free online consultation form.
To obtain disability compensation for Agent Orange exposure, a veteran must present a medical diagnosis of a disease that the VA recognizes as associated with Agent Orange and show evidence of service in Vietnam. There is a long list of veterans’ diseases associated with Agent Orange exposure, including:
- Peripheral Neuropathy, a nervous condition that causes numbness, tingling and motor weakness
- Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia
- Hodgkin’s Disease, a malignant cancer
- Prostate cancer, one of the most common cancers among men
- Respiratory cancers including lung cancer
- Diabetes Mellitus (Type 2).
- Chronic B-cell Leukemias
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Ischemic Heart Disease
- Soft Tissue Sarcomas
- Porphyria Cutanea Tarda
- Non-Hodkin’s Lymphoma
Veterans who have served anywhere in Vietnam between January 9, 1962 to May 7, 1965 are considered to have been exposed to herbicides and do not have to prove a link between their disease and military service, which speeds up the process for claiming benefits.
Veteran’s Disability Benefits
Benefits that you may qualify for include:
- An Agent Orange Registry health exam
- Health Care benefits
- Disability compensation
Some Veterans may also be eligible for other benefits and services including education, home loans, and rehabilitation. Dependents of exposed Veterans may also be eligible to receive benefits. These include those who are biological children of a Vietnam Veteran and have birth defects and spouses of living Veterans. Surviving spouses, dependent children, and dependent parents of exposed Veterans who died as a result of exposure may qualify for compensation.
Contact an Agent Orange Exposure Attorney
If you are a Veteran that has been exposed to Agent Orange or other herbicides, have heath issues as a result, and believe that you are eligible for Veteran’s disability benefits, contact Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law. An experienced VA Toxic Exposure Attorney can guide you through the claims process and give you the best chance at your claims success.