Agent Orange Exposure Claim Lawyers

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Agent Orange Exposure

Veterans Disability Lawyers

Military service members who served in Vietnam between January 9, 1962, and May 7, 1975, may qualify for VA disability benefits due to Agent Orange exposure. The use of this toxic blend of tactical herbicides has been linked to a wide range of cancers and severe illnesses. Contact Rutter Mills veterans disability lawyers for a free consultation to inquire how you can apply to have your medical expenses and lost wages fully covered.

 

Affected individuals exposed to agent orange may apply for VA disability benefits directly through the VA.gov website.

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Veterans can also apply over the phone with a VA representative.

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A local or regional VA office can take your in person application. 

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Agent Orange Disability Eligibility Requirements

Agent Orange use is most commonly associated with Vietnam, but exposure may have occurred at a number of different testing or storage facilities around the world, including:

  • Thailand Military Bases (February 28, 1961 – May 7, 1975)
  • Vietnam (January 9, 1962 – May 7, 1975)
  • Korean Demilitarized Zone (September 1, 1967 – August 31, 1971)
  • Cambodia and waterways/coasts within 12 nautical miles of Vietnam (January 9, 1962 – May 7, 1975)

The Agent Orange Act of 1991 specifies veterans do not need to prove exposure in order to receive an Agent Orange Registry health exam, health care cost reimbursement, advanced treatment at the VA’s War Related Illness and Injury Study Center, and disability compensation. Instead, they must demonstrate:

  • Proof of active duty military status in one of the locations during one of the stated time periods.
  • A medical record showing the illness or presumptive disease is believed to be connected with Agent Orange.
  • For some illnesses, the date of discovery must be within a reasonable range of time from the end of service.
  • These same illnesses must render the afflicted at least 10% disabled.

Veterans who are having trouble getting copies of these records can contact Agent Orange lawyers for personal assistance in preparing their documentation and legal advocacy to overcome potential denials.

Dependants Can Also Receive Agent Orange Benefits

Agent Orange not only affects those who come directly in contact with the herbicide – but their children, too. Monthly monetary allowances, health care benefits, and up to 24 months of vocational training are available for children of veterans serving in Vietnam or Korea who suffer from spina bifida or another type of mental and/or physical birth defect.

Diseases Related to Agent Orange Exposure

  • Chronic B-cell leukemia (including hairy-cell leukemia and chronic lymphocytic leukemia)
  • Hodgkin’s disease
  • Multiple myeloma
  • Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
  • Prostate cancer
  • Respiratory cancers (of the bronchus, larynx, lung, and trachea), and
  • Soft tissue sarcomas (other than osteosarcoma, chondrosarcoma, Kaposi’s sarcoma, mesothelioma)
  • AL amyloidosis
  • Chloracne and other acneiform diseases (*appears within one year)
  • Diabetes mellitus type 2
  • Ischemic heart disease
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Peripheral neuropathy, early-onset (*appears within 12 months and cured within two years)
  • Porphyria cutanea tarda (*appears within one year)

New diseases are continually added to the VA’s list. Veterans suffering from an unlisted illness may still file a claim for compensation after exposure to Agent Orange. In these cases, veterans should be prepared to submit published medical research indicating a potential association.

Filing a claim sooner rather than later is important to preserve an early effective date for benefits and receive a larger lump sum payment.

It is not uncommon for veterans to receive a denial on their first attempt to file a claim. Working with VA disability lawyers ensures a fair chance of recovering due compensation.

We’ll work with your care providers and find additional experts who may need to document secondary medical conditions related to your service.

A licensed attorney can NEVER charge you to file your initial VA Disability claim. If an attorney asks you to sign a contract regarding future payments or make a donation to file your initial claim, contact the Virginia Bar Association and the VA.

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Next Steps

What Happens If the VA Denies You Benefits?

If the VA denies you benefits, it’s not the end of the road for your disability claim. Instead, you can appeal their decision. There is any number of reasons this can happen, but in general, it’s most likely because you were unable to convincingly show one of these three points:

  • You have a disabling condition (this can be done by getting an official diagnosis from a medical professional)
  • You suffered an injury or illness while serving in the U.S. military
  • There is a link between the event that affected you during your service and your current condition

When your claim is denied, the VA will send you a letter outlining why they decided to deny your claim. This is essential for figuring out how you can have a successful appeal. It won’t cost you anything to let our team review your case to determine the best course of action. A skilled VA disability lawyer can have a big impact on the outcome of your case.

Contact the Agent Orange legal team at Rutter Mills. We’re skilled at navigating the Veterans Administration waters and also work with PTSD clients, tinnitus, and so much more. Contact us today.

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