For many Vietnam veterans, the possibility of having been exposed to Agent Orange during the war is a cause for serious concern. Exposure has been linked to the development of numerous diseases, such as lymphoma and various forms of cancer. If you think you may have been exposed and affected, you would be well advised to contact VA disability lawyers, Florida veterans disability claim attorneys, or Florida veterans disability rights lawyers. The history of this condition has shown a general reluctance on the part of the Department of Veteran Affairs to compensate affected veterans. It has been due largely to the persistence of attorneys repeatedly bringing these claims to the attention of the courts that veterans have been properly compensated.
What was Agent Orange? Agent Orange was one of the herbicides used by the U.S. military during the Vietnam War. Twenty-million gallons of chemical herbicides were sprayed in Southeast Asia as part of Operation Ranch Hand. After the war many veterans began to suspect that their health problems were related to their exposure to Agent Orange. Veterans began to file claims in 1977 with the Department of Veterans Affairs for disability payments. These claims tended to be denied.
The first Agent Orange class action was filed in 1979. There were 2.4 million veterans that the Agent Orange class action lawsuit sought to represent. The 1985 out-of-court settlement made between the chemical companies and the veterans created a $180 million fund to pay veterans who were adversely affected from Agent Orange. For each year between 1971 and 1994 that the Agent Orange class members could demonstrate total disability they would receive a small amount of compensation.