It can be challenging to understand your rights and benefits after receiving a mesothelioma diagnosis, especially for veterans working with the VA. In this blog post, we’re going to talk about some of the common misconceptions around filing VA claims and getting compensated as a veteran. Myth #1: You only qualify if you’re active duty […]
Chapter OneThe Truth About Asbestos
A Brief History
Asbestos is a known cause of cancer, also called human carcinogen. It was used extensively throughout the 20th century, exposing innocent workers to a deadly poison that has taken the lives of hundreds of thousands of people. The truth about asbestos has long been known, and thousands of victims continue to be diagnosed annually with deadly asbestos-related diseases including mesothelioma.
Who Is To Blame?
Asbestos manufacturers and distributors knew full-well the deadly health risk of asbestos exposure. And they continued to sell it anyway, putting their profits ahead of workers’ lives. In an industry-wide cover-up, negligent companies worked together to hide and conceal the truth about asbestos. When the medical evidence became irrefutable, asbestos manufacturers were forced to pay billions of dollars in legal compensation to current and future asbestos victims.
Asbestos companies are solely to blame, and you can seek justice for their negligence. Learn more about the asbestos companies who may be at fault for your diagnosis.
Who Was Exposed?
Millions of innocent civilians and military members were exposed to asbestos throughout the mid 20th Century. From construction workers and tradespeople to army and navy veterans, asbestos victims are innocent citizens who were just trying to earn a living. Now their jobs have put them at risk of developing asbestos-related diseases.
Learn more about the occupations, worksites and products that put people at risk of asbestos exposure.
What Has Asbestos Exposure Caused?
Asbestos exposure has caused devastation and tragedy to millions of families around the world. It’s the only known cause of the deadly and rare mesothelioma cancer. There is no cure for mesothelioma—only life-extending treatments. Asbestos exposure has caused emotional, physical and mental distress to its victims and untold amounts of damages in the billions of dollars.
Learn more about the different asbestos-related diagnoses.
What Can I Do?
Victims of asbestos exposure can take action today in demanding justice for their suffering. Treatments for asbestos-related diseases are expensive and require ongoing visits that affect an entire family. If you have an asbestos-related diagnosis, call the Mesothelioma Justice Network today. You’ll be assigned a Case Manager who will review your history and diagnosis and work with you on the next steps to justice.
Learn more about Asbestos Laws, Litigation and Compensation.
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Chapter ThreeWhat is Asbestos?
Asbestos is a prolific industrial material and a deadly toxin. It’s also the only known cause of mesothelioma—a rare and fatal cancer. Anyone exposed to asbestos in the workplace or at home or school could be at risk of developing mesothelioma in one of three locations.
The most common mesothelioma location, pleural mesothelioma forms in the lung’s tissue linings after inhaling asbestos fibers. Symptoms include persistent cough, chest pain and fluid buildup in the lungs. Treatment are available that may extend your life.
Affecting the abdominal organs’ tissue linings, peritoneal mesothelioma is the second most common mesothelioma location. It also has the best prognosis with new and effective treatment technologies, including a combination of surgery and direct chemotherapy.
Mesothelioma Health Options
There is no one-size-fits-all solution to treating mesothelioma. Patients must see a mesothelioma specialist for a personalized treatment strategy that will most effectively treat their exact disease. Standard mesothelioma treatment options include a combination of chemotherapy, radiation and surgery.
Living With Mesothelioma
Getting mesothelioma treatments can significantly improve your survival time and quality of life. It is possible to live with mesothelioma, manage its symptoms and keep the disease in check. Working with a specialized mesothelioma medical team is the best way to live with mesothelioma.
Chapter Four 4How Military Veterans Are at Risk
Military members comprise roughly 8% of our nation’s population but account for a third of patients diagnosed with mesothelioma. The asbestos exposure risk was far higher for our military service men and women. Asbestos was used extensively to build and maintain military assets, putting active duty members at risk of exposure on a daily basis.
No military branch used asbestos more than the US Navy and its warship building program. US Navy shipbuilding and sailor veterans are at the highest risk of asbestos-exposure and account for the majority of veterans with mesothelioma.
The Marine Corps works cooperatively across all US military branches. Marine Corps vets are at risk of asbestos exposure at Land, Sea and Air where asbestos was used in vehicles, ships and aircraft throughout the 20th Century.
Army vets faced countless threats protecting our rights during ground-level combat. But they were also exposed to asbestos through the Army’s vehicle and building assets. They continue to be at risk overseas today.
The skilled and talented men and women of the US Air Force fought for our liberty from the skies. Many of them weren’t aware of the deadly threats that faced them in their aircraft, which were heavily constructed with inflammable asbestos products.
Like the Navy, our Coast Guard vets were also exposed to asbestos from products used to construct Coast Guard and Navy ships. Though a small military branch, Coast Guard veterans continue to be diagnosed with mesothelioma today.
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As the health-related consequences of asbestos exposure have become more widely known, Occupational Health and Safety (OSHA) has been regulating the amount of asbestos exposure in the workplace since the 1970s. These regulations on both the federal and state levels outline the requirements for measurement of potential exposure as well as specific work practices. What […]
If you currently live or are planning to move into a home that was built before the 1980s, there is a chance that the property contains asbestos. Used extensively in residential construction during the 20th century, asbestos is still present in many of these established homes, posing a possible health risk to anyone in the […]