Posted by Gregory M. Rada | October 21, 2020 | Firm News
VA Disability Benefits for Conditions Caused by Agent Orange Exposure
If you were exposed to Agent Orange or other herbicides while in the military, you may be entitled to VA disability benefits for medical conditions caused by such exposure. A blend of tactical herbicides sprayed in Vietnam’s jungles and throughout the Korean demilitarized zones, Agent Orange helped remove dense tropical foliage that provided cover to enemies. If you have illnesses caused by Agent Orange, you may qualify for VA disability benefits.
To qualify for VA disability benefits due to Agent Orange, the following details must apply to your situation:
In addition, you must be able to show you were exposed to Agent Orange via one of the following methods:
Agent Orange Illnesses and Diseases
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs believes that contact with Agent Orange could cause several different illnesses, which are referred to as presumptive diseases. You may qualify for VA disability benefits if you came into contact with Agent Orange and have one or more of these illnesses:
The VA continually reviews current scientific evidence to determine if additional conditions should be added to the presumptive list. For example, current scientific evidence indicates Agent Orange exposure may cause bladder cancer, hypothyroidism, Parkinson’s-like symptoms, and hypertension.
And, even if a condition is not on VA’s presumptive list, it can still be service-connected and linked to Agent Orange if a physician writes a medical opinion explaining why it is at least as likely as not that the chemicals from Agent Orange caused the medical condition.
If you suffer from one of these Agent Orange related diseases, or a disease you believe could be related to Agent Orange, you should contact nationwide VA disability attorney Gregory M. Rada today for a free case review.
Gregory Rada is a Veterans Benefits Attorney who practices Nationwide. He graduated from the University of Connecticut School of Law, and has been practicing law for six years. Gregory Rada believes in fighting for fellow veterans. Learn more about his experience by clicking here.