Asbestos Disease From Service in the U.S. Army, Air Force, Marines or Coast Guard
About 30 percent of the people diagnosed each year with mesothelioma formerly served in the U.S. military. Millions of service members exposed to asbestos during military service were also exposed in civilian jobs, but there are thousands of documented asbestos hazards at past and present military bases in the United States and around the world.
The prevalence of asbestos disease in military veterans is highest among U.S. Navy personnel, particularly those involved in shipbuilding and repair. However, every branch of the U.S. armed forces is reflected in the statistics of mesothelioma and asbestos lung cancer.
Did a loved one serve at a U.S. naval base or shipyard or aboard a U.S. Navy vessel? Did a loved one serve in any capacity in the U.S. military or the Merchant Marines? Gori Julian & Associates, P.C., provides skilled investigation and representation. Our lawyers have helped countless veterans secure medical treatment for asbestos disease through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and we have helped clients and families hold corporate entities accountable for supplying the deadly asbestos-containing materials.
Asbestos Exposure at U.S. Military Bases
Army soldiers and Marines were routinely stationed at naval bases and transported on Navy vessels. These are two of the greatest sources of asbestos exposure. But there were plenty of asbestos dangers on Army, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard bases as well. As recently as the 1970s and 1980s, asbestos was still used in construction materials, in power plants, in aircraft and military vehicles, and in hundreds of products used or encountered by personnel every day. The U.S. Coast Guard also operated its own shipbuilding and repair facility, Curtis Bay Coast Guard Yard in Maryland.
It would be necessary to list every military base in the United States and abroad to account for all the known exposures, including bases that have long since been decommissioned and closed. Our attorneys are skilled at tracing military service and duty stations and identifying known asbestos exposures at a given base. Often, we can pinpoint the heaviest exposures through the actual duties of the service member.
Asbestos exposure among members of the Army, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard has been connected to:
- Turbines and heat shields
- Aircraft engines
- Aircraft insulation and cockpit heaters
- Vehicle brakes
- Boiler room valves, gaskets, piping and insulation
- Electrical wiring
- Fireproofing materials in buildings
- Fire-resistant clothing
- Concrete foundations
- Wallboard and acoustical tile
A wide range of service members were exposed in varying degrees, depending on their duties. Among those at highest risk were boilermen, machinists, motor pool and aircraft mechanics, shipbuilders, Seabees and other construction workers, demolition crews, electricians, pipe fitters and maintenance workers.
Military personnel and their civilian family members living in on-base housing were also at risk for exposure to asbestos-containing materials, particularly during renovation work.
Did You or a Family Member Serve at a Military Base?
If a loved one has a diagnosis or symptoms of asbestos-related cancer, compensation depends on connecting the dots between the illness and known exposures. We work closely with clients and family members to track down that person's military service history and work history to identify all potential exposures.
We will vigorously pursue justice on behalf of anyone who served honorably in the Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines or Coast Guard and is now paying the ultimate price in the form of asbestos disease. Based in Madison County, Illinois, we take cases anywhere in the United States. Contact us today for a free consultation.
Nationwide Representation for U.S. Armed Forces
Personnel With Mesothelioma or Asbestos Lung Cancer
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