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Asbestos was commonly used throughout all branches of the U.S. military. As a result, thousands of veterans are at risk of developing mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases.
Simmons Hanly Conroy is a veteran-founded law firm with over 20 years of experience helping veterans file mesothelioma lawsuits against the makers of dangerous asbestos products.
If you experienced asbestos exposure in the military and later became sick, our VA-accredited attorneys may be able to help you secure the benefits and compensation available to military veterans.
If you or someone you love was diagnosed with mesothelioma — or recently passed away from this cancer — you may be able to file a lawsuit.
Those eligible to file a mesothelioma lawsuit include the:
Laws called the statute of limitations determine how long you have to file a mesothelioma lawsuit. These laws differ from state to state, so it is important to contact a mesothelioma lawyer as soon as possible to ensure that you are still able to act.
There are a few different types of claims that can be filed in pursuit of compensation from asbestos companies. Veterans exposed to asbestos may be eligible to file multiple mesothelioma claims, depending on their situation.
Since 1999, Simmons Hanly Conroy has recovered over $9 billion from mesothelioma cases. Our lawyers are committed to pursuing financial compensation from all of the avenues available to each of our clients.
There are two main types of mesothelioma lawsuits that can be pursued if a military veteran is diagnosed with mesothelioma.
A personal injury lawsuit is filed by an individual who has been harmed by another person or a company. In cases of veterans with mesothelioma, a lawsuit would be filed against the makers of the specific asbestos products that caused them to become ill.
A wrongful death lawsuit is filed by a loved one or family member of someone who has passed away due to the negligence of a person or company. Since many companies knew that asbestos exposure was harmful to human health, death caused by an asbestos-related disease is considered reckless and negligent on the part of the asbestos company.
When the public learned about the dangers of asbestos, many companies began to declare bankruptcy in an effort to avoid mesothelioma lawsuits.
However, the courts order these companies to set money aside in asbestos trust funds for those impacted by mesothelioma.
As of 2023, over $30 billion is estimated to be available in these trust funds. Our attorneys can file asbestos trust fund claims to help patients access a portion of this money.
If you were exposed to multiple products containing asbestos in the military, you may be eligible to file claims against all of the different manufacturers that were responsible for your exposure.
The Department of Veterans Affairs provides additional health care and financial benefits to qualifying veterans. We are here to help veterans with mesothelioma prepare their VA claims and access all of the benefits available to them.
VA benefits for veterans with mesothelioma include:
A VA-accredited asbestos attorney at Simmons Hanly Conroy can help you to determine which benefits you may be eligible to receive.
Members of the U.S. military sacrificed a great deal for our country. However, some veterans developed life-threatening illnesses like mesothelioma as a result of their service.
Choosing to file a mesothelioma lawsuit has a number of benefits, including:
A mesothelioma military lawyer with Simmons Hanly Conroy will handle every step of the legal process for you, so that you can focus on your family and your health.
Unfortunately, a mesothelioma diagnosis is often accompanied by expensive medical bills. Pursuing a mesothelioma lawsuit may help you afford treatment and other expenses in your life.
Mesothelioma lawsuits typically award compensation through settlements or trial verdicts. In a settlement, both parties agree to a compensation amount outside of court. If your case goes to trial, the judge and the jury may award an amount of compensation in court.
Some of our past mesothelioma settlements and verdicts for veterans include:
Please note that the amount you may receive depends on the facts of your unique situation. That being said, our asbestos attorneys will pursue as much compensation as possible in any mesothelioma cancer case.
The first step to filing a mesothelioma lawsuit is to contact a mesothelioma lawyer. Choosing an experienced attorney with access to a number of resources may be vital to the success of your lawsuit.
“Not many firms have the legal resources dedicated to the mesothelioma and asbestos litigation process we do. We have amassed an extensive library since 1999.”
– John Simmons, U.S. Army Veteran & Firm Founder
Our goal is to identify who is responsible for your asbestos exposure and hold them accountable for causing you to get sick.
During this process, your legal team will:
Our combination of compassion, resources and experience has helped us secure some of the largest asbestos verdicts and settlements in the country for veterans with mesothelioma and their families.
As one of the nation’s leading mesothelioma law firms, Simmons Hanly Conroy has helped over 3,000 veterans and their families get the justice and results they deserve.
Our firm has more than 60 mesothelioma lawyers who focus solely on helping people with asbestos-related cases. We also have in-house medical staff to answer any questions you may have regarding your diagnosis or treatment options.
At Simmons Hanly Conroy, we are not only dedicated to our clients, but also to our communities. As a veteran-founded law firm, we are passionate about giving back to organizations that support members of the U.S. Armed Forces.
Simmons Hanly Conroy has contributed to:
Veterans who work with Simmons Hanly Conroy can expect the highest-quality legal services available. Get a free legal consultation or call (800) 326-8900 to learn more.
The military stopped using asbestos for new construction projects in the late 1970s and early 1980s. However, many buildings, ships and other transportation vehicles already containing asbestos remained in use for decades.
Yes. Simmons Hanly Conroy has helped many clients who were initially uncertain of how they were exposed to asbestos. We have a great team of researchers and an abundant amount of resources to help determine where you were exposed to asbestos during your time in the military.
Our dedicated mesothelioma lawyers will work with you to determine the products that caused your asbestos-related injury and the manufacturers of that product.
Mesothelioma lawsuits are most often filed against the companies responsible for making the asbestos product — such as pumps, valves and insulation.
We identify the manufacturer who made or sold the asbestos products and equipment that may have been responsible for your asbestos exposure.
We do not file mesothelioma lawsuits against the U.S. military. The military, along with the general public, was kept in the dark about the dangers of asbestos. Instead, veterans can hold asbestos manufacturers accountable through a mesothelioma lawsuit.
No. Filing a mesothelioma lawsuit will not prevent a veteran from pursuing or receiving any potential disability benefits now or in the future.