Military Asbestos Exposure and Mesothelioma
According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, there are currently more than 25 million people who have served in one of the branches of the United States military. We at the Flint Law Firm are proud of this rich tradition, and count some of our family among those who have served their country. As a firm, we are happy to help our veterans in any way we can. Unfortunately, one legacy of military service is that our military bases, shipyards, planes, and ships have the potential for causing Asbestos exposure.
For example, service members especially from the Navy and Coast Guard, and maintenance mechanics in the Air Force and Army motor pool have a much higher risk of developing Mesothelioma or Asbestos Lung Cancer than the general population.
While veterans represent just 8% of our nation's population, veterans comprise 30% of all known Mesothelioma diagnoses in the country. Due to the length of time it takes to develop Asbestos disease (known as the latency period) symptoms can appear anywhere from 12-60 years after the first exposure.
Millions of Veterans Were Exposed to Asbestos
Starting in the 1940s, and as recently as the late 1980s, exposure to Asbestos was a common occurrence for millions of our service members. Anyone who served in the Navy, Army, Marine Corps, Coast Guard & Air Force may be eligible to file a claim. If you qualify, we will NOT be pursuing any legal action against our military, our country, nor any branch of the armed forces. We will only be pursuing claims against the Asbestos manufacturers for the harm that they knowingly caused in providing Asbestos containing products to the United States armed forces.
Historically most ships, aircraft, vehicles and other types of military transportation used several types of asbestos-containing products.
- Navy and Coast Guard vessels, in particular, used Asbestos insulation, gaskets, and packing.
- Aircraft used Asbestos for braking systems, insulating cabins, and shielding electrical systems.
- Transportation vehicles from trucks to tanks used Asbestos in brakes, clutches, and engine gaskets.
Another continuing source of exposure comes from the fact that almost all of the military bases all over the world were constructed prior to 1980 using many building materials that contained Asbestos.