It is a well-known fact that many Navy service members in past decades were dangerously exposed to asbestos while serving our country. These early exposures cause them to later develop mesothelioma after years of latency.
As such, one former United States Navy serviceman filed a lawsuit earlier this month in Orleans Parish Civil District Court in New Orleans, Louisiana. In his petition, he alleges that he contracted mesothelioma after being exposed to asbestos for the eight years he served in the military.
Named defendants include Cooper Industries, York International Corp., Foster Wheeler Energy Corp. and others plaintiff claims are liable for his cancer today.
The seaman’s complaint alleges that his asbestos exposure occurred from 1960 to 1968 while he was aboard the USS Grapple, USS Noble, USS Samuel N. Moore, and USS Bainbridge, along with other vessels. His diagnosis of mesothelioma on Sept. 3 prompted him to take legal action against those defendants he claims are responsible for his exposure.
Plaintiff states that his aggressive lung cancer stems from his inhalation of asbestos dust. He is seeking damages of an unspecified amount, along with court costs and interest.
It is certainly a shame that retired Navy personnel are rewarded for their service to our country with terminal diagnoses. But those facing battles with mesothelioma don’t have to just accept their fate. Along with pursuing aggressive treatment options under the supervision of an oncologist, they can seek civil justice through the courts.
Financial compensation is not the same as having one’s health restored. But a settlement or judgment can give them funds to make their remaining time a little easier.
Source: Louisiana Record, “Navy serviceman claims asbestos exposure caused mesothelioma,” Dec. 10, 2015