Special Benefits for
Veterans with Mesothelioma
If you were exposed to mesothelioma while serving our country, you may be entitled to VA benefits, in addition to any money you may win from a mesothelioma lawsuit against manufacturers. SWMW Law can help you get the VA benefits you are entitled to. We have a better shot at getting you the VA benefits you deserve, than if you were to try to get them on your own.
Disability Compensation is a monthly benefit based upon a veteran’s level of disability. These benefits are based on a rating from the VA, and those ratings range from 0 percent to 100 percent. Cancers like mesothelioma are considered 100 percent disabling, which would qualify for the maximum monthly benefit, which starts at over $2,800.
Benefits can increase. Those increases are based on how many dependents the veteran has. A veteran needs to have been discharged under any condition that is not dishonorable, to start the process. He/she then must show that the asbestos illness stemmed from military service.
Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC)
Also known as DIC, this monthly benefit is paid to the surviving spouse of a veteran who died from a service-related disability. The benefit is $1,195.
If the veteran already was receiving Disability Compensation for mesothelioma or asbestos-related lung cancer when he died, the spouse needs to file a DIC claim. If the veteran was not receiving service-related compensation, the spouse still may be eligible for DIC, provided that additional information regarding asbestos exposure can be produced.
Also known as DIC, this monthly benefit is paid to the surviving spouse of a veteran who died from a service-related disability. The benefit is $1,195. If the veteran already was receiving Disability Compensation for mesothelioma or asbestos-related lung cancer when he died, the spouse needs to file a DIC claim. If the veteran was not receiving service-related compensation, the spouse still may be eligible for DIC, provided that additional information regarding asbestos exposure can be produced.
VA Health Care
Eligibility for VA Health Care is based upon a series of priorities that include service-related disabilities and income levels. There also are special circumstances. For veterans with an asbestos-related illness, enrollment would be tied either to a determination that the illness was service related, or to income level. The VA uses two different income limits: A National Income Threshold and a Geographical-Adjusted Income Threshold. Qualifying under the income level category may require co-pays for health services.
Special Monthly Compensation
Special Monthly Compensation (SMC) is a benefit available to veterans who are bedridden, housebound or disabled enough to need the aid and attendance of another person. This benefit is also available to spouses and parents of veterans.
The amount of monthly SMC awarded depends upon the amount of aid and attendance necessary, but often ranges from $250 to $650 a month.
A veteran with a spouse will receive an additional $155 per month, increasing the overall total to $2,924 per month.
Veterans with a spouse and a dependent child receive an additional $113 per month for a total of $3,037.
Each additional child under the age of 18 increases the veteran’s monthly payment by $77.
And for each dependent between the ages of 18 and 23, the monthly payment is increased by $248 per month if they are enrolled as a full time student at an approved school or university.
It’s a little-known fact that some veterans are considered for an additional Special Monthly Compensation (SMC). This applies to veterans with a 100-percent disability rating who are housebound, bedridden or helpless enough to need the aid and attendance of another person.
The amount of SMC depends on the level of aid and attendance needed, but it typically ranges from $250 to $650 a month in additional compensation. The VA also may give an additional $141 per month if your spouse is in need of regular Aid and Attendance.
As you can see, your monthly benefit from the VA could go a long way toward covering out of pocket medical expenses, bills or even your mortgage. And it’s important to remember: Disability Compensation can be paid regardless of your employment and retirement status.
The attorneys at SWMW Law will help you get all the VA benefits you deserve, in addition to compensation from your mesothelioma lawsuit.
Call SWMW Law at (877) 205–4250 or contact us anytime online. We’ll start working on your case right away.