Pleural effusion is a disease that can develop during active duty by inhalation of asbestos fibers. Veterans suffering from pleural effusion may be eligible for VA benefits and compensation from one or more of several asbestos trust funds.
Pleural Effusion and Asbestos Exposure on Duty
Pleural effusion, a buildup of excess fluid within the chest cavity, is commonly related to more severe diseases, including pleural mesothelioma and it can be caused by service-related asbestos exposure, especially from work in shipyards and insulation. Asbestos trust funds and the VA will approve a claim based on pleural effusion if records demonstrate the disease was incurred in your active military service. Having your files reviewed and accepted first by an asbestos trust can be valuable evidence and beneficial to a VA disability claim.
Pleural Effusion Misdiagnosis and Veterans with a History of Military Asbestos Exposure
Pleural effusion appears as a result of the inflammation produced by asbestos fibers in the lungs and it often can lead to a series of complications, the most serious being a collapsed lung (pneumothorax). Another severe complication of pleural effusion is empyema, the accumulation of pus in the lungs due to infection. Pleural effusion may also indicate the onset of pleural mesothelioma. The symptoms which occur with mesothelioma are vague and can easily be mistaken for the signs of less severe conditions, so it is very important to access quality health care if you have been exposed to asbestos while in military service.
If you have received a pleural effusion diagnosis, our team of skilled specialists can help you with free confirmatory additional testing in Birmingham, AL, helping your eligibility for asbestos trust and VA claims.
Receiving a wrong diagnosis and unsuitable treatment greatly affects your prognosis. We have a team of skilled specialists who are well equipped and experienced to provide you with an accurate diagnosis.
Resources for Veterans Diagnosed with Pleural Effusion
Are you a veteran who seeks assistance in accessing your service-connected disability benefits? Asbestos Vets offers the right support for your case. We are advocates for veterans' health care rights, and we fight for veterans who are pursuing VA disability benefits and asbestos trust fund compensation. We have a strong track record of providing veterans with free asbestos screening and compensation claim assistance.