Coast Guard Veterans and Mesothelioma: VA Claims & Lawsuit Assistance
U. S. Coast Guard veterans are very likely to have been exposed to Asbestos while on duty, especially during WWII. This put them at very high risk of eventually developing life-threatening diseases such as Mesothelioma and other asbestos-related illnesses.
The Coast Guard level of exposure is very similar to that of the U. S. Navy, as both branches of the U. S. Military worked on ships and in shipyards. Furthermore, the Coast Guard also used ships that were constructed using Asbestos materials, because, at the time, Asbestos was a very inexpensive and efficient fire retardant.
It is highly advisable that all Coast Guard veterans should be aware of the dangers Asbestos posed to them or their families and seek legal help.
Coast Guard Asbestos Exposure
Similarly to the U. S. Navy, members of the Coast Guard spent a lot of time aboard ships, putting them at risk of being exposed to Asbestos. A few examples of ships that the Coast Guard frequently used are:
- Utility boats
- Tug Boats
- Long-range Interceptors
- Transportable Port Security Boats
- USCG seagoing buoy tenders
Apart from these, Coast Guard veterans were also aboard larger vessels, maybe even warships and all these ships contained Asbestos as an insulator in places and components such as:
- Weapons and ammunition storage rooms, engine rooms, and boiler rooms
- Cables, gaskets, and valves
- Wall and flooring insulation
- Mess halls, navigation rooms, and sleeping quarters
- Motors, compressors, pipes, and pumps
Ships had very poor ventilation, especially on the lower decks. This made it possible for microscopic Asbestos fibers to break apart from wear and tear and to remain airborne for a lot of time, increasing the risk of someone inhaling them.
After the late 1970s, Asbestos was no longer being used in the construction of ships, but many military vessels that contained Asbestos remained operational, putting even more members of the U. S. Military at risk of developing Mesothelioma and other dangerous illnesses.