Asbestos exists naturally in the air, water, and soil around us, so most of us have been exposed to small quantities at some point. This minor exposure generally doesn’t pose a problem, but prolonged exposure to high concentrations of asbestos dust can cause mesothelioma and Navy veterans are among those at risk.
In the years prior to World War II and through the 1970s, shipyards and ships were full of toxic asbestos. This greatly increased the risk for mesothelioma among Navy veterans and merchant seamen who worked in these environments.
Mesothelioma and Navy Veterans: Who is at Risk?
Occupation is a key element in the relationship between mesothelioma and Navy veterans. While all Navy personnel were exposed to some degree of risk, those in certain occupations were especially vulnerable, including:
- Dockhands who loaded and unloaded bags of asbestos
- Cable runners who repaired, replaced, or installed communications cables
- Electricians, plumbers, and engineers who worked with asbestos insulation and other asbestos-containing materials
- Seamen who worked around boilers, condensers, compressors, turbines, or steam
From initial exposure to the first symptoms, it can take from 20 to 50 years to develop mesothelioma so Navy veterans who served decades ago may still be at risk, even if they weren’t directly involved in the maintenance, repair, or renovation of naval ships.
Mesothelioma and Navy Veterans: Who is Responsible?
If you are a Navy veteran with mesothelioma, you can’t sue the federal government for failing to protect you from asbestos. However, you maybe eligible for compensation from the manufacturers and distributors of the products that put you at risk. To get the cash you need to pay for doctors and treatments and take care of your family, you’ll need the help of a lawyer who is experienced in asbestos law.
Call Sokolove Law to Get the Help You Need
At Sokolove Law, we’ve filed claims on behalf of asbestos victims in every state, and we’ve won millions of dollars in compensation. What’s more, we work on contingency, so you pay no legal fees until you receive compensation. To protect your rights, call 1-888-360-4215 today.