In the years since the Vietnam War, many veterans have been diagnosed with diseases and medical conditions linked to Agent Orange. Agent Orange was a tactical herbicide used by the military to clear leaves and vegetation. From cancer to hypertension, these health conditions can be serious. If you have been exposed to Agent Orange, it is essential to understand your legal rights. You might be entitled to compensation. A veterans disability benefits claim lawyer from Marc Whitehead & Associates can advise you on eligibility for benefits through the VA.
Notable diseases caused by Agent Orange exposure
As noted above, many illnesses linked to Agent Orange exposure have life-altering consequences. While dozens of diseases have been previously linked to this chemical agent, some of the most common include:
- Chronic B-Cell Leukemia. Also known as CLL, this condition is a form of cancer that overtakes the body’s white blood cells. It can weaken your immune system and make it impossible to fight viruses or infections.
- Diabetes Type 2. It can have severe symptoms for anyone who does not exercise or watch their diet. In addition, this disease makes it challenging to produce your own insulin, which converts surplus sugar to energy.
- Ischemic Heart Disease. It typically involves narrowed arteries leading to the heart. As a result, it prevents the heart from providing oxygen to the body which it needs to function.
Eligibility for Agent Orange benefits
There are steps that you must take to secure benefits for your disability related to Agent Orange. It is not enough to have symptoms of a disease that has been tied to it. To qualify for benefits, you must link your condition to exposure. To successfully pursue a claim for Agent Orange benefits, you must show:
- You have a medical condition that has been linked to Agent Orange exposure.
- You were stationed in Viet Nam, Cambodia, Thailand, and other areas that exposed you to Agent Orange
In some cases, you might need evidence that your symptoms are closely tied to Agent Orange exposure. In other cases, exposure combined with living with specific conditions will automatically result in benefits. For example, many cancers are presumed to result from Agent Orange exposure.
Talk to an attorney about your claim
If you are facing a debilitating illness linked to Agent Orange, you could be entitled to benefits. The team at Marc Whitehead & Associates is ready to help you pursue the benefits you earned during your service.
The process of securing fair benefits for your illness can be long and challenging—especially on your own. Therefore, it’s best to seek out legal counsel. Get started with this process by immediately reaching out for your initial free consultation. We work on a contingency fee basis, so there are no upfront legal fees.