Health care services for military veterans at the VA
regional office in Seattle
Contact information for military veterans to test for exposure to asbestos: The VA's Seattle Regional Office,
Federal Building, 915 2nd Avenue, Seattle, WA 98174. Phone: (800) 827-1000.
Could you have been exposed to asbestos? Read the following to see if you
fall under a category at risk. Read each of the bulleted points below for the
most significant characteristics of people who may be at risk for asbestos
Anyone with breathing problems
Those with ongoing exposure to asbestos
Individuals who think they have had extended exposure to asbestos
Immediate family members of people who have worked in asbestos-related
vocations, even if the person who worked with asbestos has no obvious signs of
exposure or respiratory issues
Four specific diseases result from asbestos exposure: lung cancer, asbestosis
(a serious, chronic, non cancerous fibrous hardening and scarring of the lungs),
mesothelioma (a cancer of the thin membranes lining the thoracic and abdominal
cavities and surrounding internal organs), and pleural plaque and thickening
(scarring of the lining of the lung).
The main indicators of asbestos-related
diseases are coughing, coughing blood, shortness of breath, chest pain and
weight loss. Unfortunately, the detectable warning signs of asbestos exposure
can appear up to 25 years after initial exposure. Annual or even semi-annual
asbestos detection tests are recommended.
It is necessary to see a doctor if you think that you have been exposed to
asbestos. Initial testing is an x-ray (side and front view of your chest.) Other
tests may include a pulmonary function test, blood work, a CT scan and/or
biopsy. Often, doctors speak a language unclear to the layman. If you are
confused, you can ask your doctor about your state. If you don't completely
comprehend your doctor, get him to explain it in a way that you can better
understand. All citizens who have participated in the U.S. Armed Forces should
receive the services they deserve.
Weitz & Luxenberg is committed to making this happen. This includes
compensation for life-threatening diseases that are caused by exposure to
asbestos, such as lung cancer.
If you or someone you love has developed mesothelioma after having contact
with asbestos, we want to help. It's never too late for a free case evaluation.
The form below initiates the process.
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