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Circumventing litigation via bankruptcy in Louisiana lead to mesothelioma trusts.

Louisiana – November 23, 2021

Approximately 30% of the mesothelioma cases in the United States are veterans, faulting the high use of asbestos products in the military.  Nearly all veterans are eligible for financial and health benefits.  Multiple asbestos-containing product manufacturers. including Louisiana-based Johns Manville, were forced to establish trust funds to compensate victims as they filed for bankruptcy to avoid mesothelioma lawsuits.  As of 2021, over $30 Billion dollars are accessible in active asbestos trust funds. The process of accessing funds separate from military benefits may seem daunting, but the assistance of a mesothelioma attorney in Louisiana can benefit veterans who are in dire need of this financial assistance and access to benefits to address their illness.

Increased morbidity.

Inhaled fibers from asbestos containing products that were inhaled often caused malignant tumors in the lining of the lungs, abdomen, or heart increasing the probability of physical, emotional, and financial suffering for individuals. Symptoms can include shortness of breath and chest pain, limited mobility, and other co-morbidities. The life expectancy for most mesothelioma patients is approximately 12 months after diagnosis. An experienced toxic exposure attorney in Louisiana can assist victims of toxic exposure and their families.

VA benefits and manufacturer trusts. 

Legal counsel will attempt to expedite the VA claims applications and follow-up processes as the lifespan is not long after a diagnosis has been made.  Mesothelioma patients often need extra financial assistance to help cover medical bills and treatments over the amount that a veteran’s pension allows.  A skilled toxic exposure attorney can initiate a claim supported by proof of the exposure during periods of military service.  VA compensation will be paid in accordance with the level of disability exhibited and the number of dependents the claimant has.  Veterans who suffer severe disability may be entitled to additional monthly income from the VA.

Hire a lawyer.

Experienced attorneys at Stag Liuzza understand how important it is to seek financial assistance through VA benefits, and available trust funds that were set aside for victims despite manufacturer bankruptcy, to combat mesothelioma’s negative effects, and through addressing the possibility of comprehensive financial awards for damages related to toxic exposure that caused long term illness leading to permanent disability, or death. The recovery of damages will address losses to victims who have become ill, in addition to their families who may have experienced loss because of exposure dangers.  Litigation will identify  all potential entities that caused the exposure to exhaust as many avenues for compensation as possible in concert with VA claims. Mediation and arbitration can allow victims and businesses to achieve a successful damage award in some cases.

 

STAG LIUZZA, LLC

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New Orleans, LA 70130

 

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Sources.

Asbestos Trust Funds | Access Mesothelioma Compensation (mesotheliomaveterans.org)

https://legis.la.gov/legis/Law.aspx?d=110567

http://www.legis.la.gov/legis/Law.aspx?d=109387

http://www.legis.la.gov/legis/Law.aspx?d=109371

https://www.va.gov/search/?query=mesothelioma

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