When you sign on to support your country in the armed services, you understand that you might get injured or die honorably in battle. That’s why there are medals to commemorate the bravery and sacrifices of our military.
But what is harder to understand and accept is falling ill with mesothelioma after being exposed to asbestos while serving in the U.S. Navy. Retired Navy vets have high rates of health problems tied to earlier asbestos exposures while doing repair and maintenance on vessels in Naval shipyards. Almost all naval ships that were built prior to the mid-1980s contained large amounts of asbestos, including in the following”
— Electrical equipment
— Pipe covers
The insidious nature of mesothelioma caused by these asbestos exposures during service members’ active duty years cause veterans to have an extremely long latency period where they do not feel any ill effects. Yet the damage is done; their lives will be foreshortened and uprooted by a disease that took root in their bodies decades ago while they served their country honorably.
Below are some of the most hazardous occupations for Navy service members:
— Machinist’s mates
— Painters who stripped lagging
— Electrical fitters
— Engine fitters
If you are a Navy veteran who served before the mid-1980’s and worked on ships or in Naval shipyards, you may have been exposed to asbestos. Our attorneys can review your service and medical histories to determine whether a causative link exists, and if so, discuss the options you have to pursue a claim.