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Navy Veterans Exposed to Asbestos Diagnosed with Mesothelioma

Written by: Shelly Dalton Veterans' Patient Advocate

Last modified: FEBRUARY 12, 2021

Out of all branches of the U. S. Military, the Navy used the highest amounts of Asbestos materials. It was used in the construction of ships and submarines, and it could also be found in very large quantities in shipyards. This put Navy veterans at the highest risk of developing severe asbestos-related illnesses such as Mesothelioma.

Asbestos Exposure from The Navy & Mesothelioma

This high demand for Asbestos was caused by the fact that it was a very reliable fire-retardant and it was relatively inexpensive, making it perfect for fireproofing ships and submarines.

It is highly advisable that all Navy veterans should be aware of the dangers Asbestos posed to them or their families and seek legal help.

Navy veterans used to serve on military ships most of the time, which put them at very high risk of Asbestos exposure. Any place or component in the vessels that needed heat resistance contained Asbestos:

  • Cables, gaskets, and valves
  • Wall and flooring insulation
  • Mess halls, navigation rooms, and sleeping quarters
  • Motors, compressors, pipes, and pumps

Even though Asbestos was no longer used in the construction of ships after the 1970s, many vessels that were built using Asbestos products remained operational for many years.

Apart from always being around Asbestos when staying on ships, Navy veterans sometimes did repair work and maintenance to various parts of the ship. This caused microscopic Asbestos fibers to break apart from the materials and fill the poorly ventilated cabins, gravely endangering crew members. But not only U. S. Navy members were aboard these military ships. Sailors, other warship personnel, and even members of the other branches of the military stayed for long times on these ships, putting them at risk as well. Furthermore, Navy veterans were sometimes around or operated land vehicles that also contained Asbestos materials at the time, further increasing the risk of Asbestos exposure.

Asbestos Exposure on Navy Ships

Service members who served in the Navy, Coast Guard, or other maritime branches of the U.S. Military, spent countless hours aboard vessels and were exposed to asbestos during this time. Ships that were constructed or repaired up until the late 1970s were filled with asbestos materials both above and below deck.

Dedicated Mesothelioma Lawyers for Navy Veterans

We offer legal help to all Navy veterans who wish to file for veteran's benefits, or Department of Veterans Affairs claims. Successful veteran's claims result in financial benefits, compensation, as well as access to hospitals, clinics and treatment facilities. Veterans' Legal Options Include:

  • Veteran's Benefit Claim (service related)
  • Applying for Disability with Social Security Administration
  • Filing a Civil Lawsuit
  • Out-of-Court Settlement
  • Asbestos Bankruptcy Trust Fund Settlement
Since 2007, Flint Law Firm has represented and gotten compensation for thousands of veterans. While you served, you protected our rights and freedoms. Please call us today toll-free at (855) 883-6447 so we can protect yours!
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We Do Not Sue the military or the government. Mesothelioma and other asbestos-related cancers in veterans are the responsibility of the asbestos manufacturers, distributors, and suppliers. These companies profited from the military even after they knew of the dangers of Asbestos.

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If you been diagnosed with lung Cancer or Mesothelioma, or if a family member has died from Mesothelioma, Flint Law Firm will be able to help you obtain compensation.

The process of maximizing this Asbestos compensation for you and your family can begin in just a few months.

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