When brave women and men answer the call to serve their country, they put their lives on the line. The risk they face isn’t just on the battlefield, however. As the story of asbestos and Navy veterans illustrates, military personnel may finish their service, apparently unharmed, only to realize decades later that some of the dangers they faced were hidden.
Asbestos and Navy Veterans: Injured in the Line of Duty
From the years immediately prior to World War II through the 1970s, ships and shipyards were full of asbestos and Navy veterans were exposed on a daily basis. The floors and ceiling tiles in most shipyard buildings contained asbestos and Navy veterans operated machinery that contained parts made of asbestos.
Some Navy veterans used asbestos in boiler rooms, spraying on insulation that contained it, and other Navy veterans used asbestos in the wiring and plumbing onboard.
Unaware of the extreme dangers of asbestos, Navy veterans of that time used no respirators or other protective equipment. And although efforts were made beginning in the 1970s to deal with the problem of asbestos some Navy veterans continued to be exposed, and some Navy ships still have asbestos insulation today.
Asbestos and US Navy Veterans: Hazards and Risks
As a result of exposure to asbestos Navy veterans may be diagnosed with asbestos-related diseases 30, 40, or even 50 years after their service. From asbestosis to mesothelioma, Navy veterans continue to learn the full extent of their service-related injuries.
Are You Eligible for Compensation?
If you are a victim of exposure to asbestos and a Navy veteran, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. You can file a claim against the manufacturers and distributors of the asbestos products you came in contact with during your service.
Sokolove Law is a respected asbestos law firm with a solid record of victories won on behalf of Navy veterans and asbestos victims across the country. To learn more about how we can help you, call 1-888-360-4215 today.