Nearly one-third of individuals diagnosed with mesothelioma in the United States are military veterans. The enlisted personnel who served and worked on military ships or other vessels were often exposed to asbestos without their knowledge. The enlisted personnel in the U.S. Navy, for example, often worked the dirty jobs in the boiler room, in maintenance, pipefitting and construction had the heaviest exposure coming in direct contact with asbestos. Anyone who served aboard ships or in the shipbuilding yards likely had direct contact or significant second-hand exposure to asbestos.
Navy-related mesothelioma has been traced to this asbestos exposure. Mesothelioma is an asbestos-related cancer that invades the lining of the lungs, stomach and abdomen. Mesothelioma has a long latency period of 20 to 30 years after the asbestos exposure.
Examples of U.S. Navy Veterans’ occupations that were likely exposed to asbestos include:
- Mechanics Mate
- Boiler Operator
- Power Engineer
- Water Tender
- Boiler Tender
- Submarine Engineerman
- Engine Room Mechanic
Attorney Michael Throneberry has first-hand experience with mesothelioma from his own father-in-law's death from the swift-moving cancer. We work quickly and diligently to identify the work sites and specific exposures to file lawsuits as promptly as possible so that our clients do not have the added burden of financing medical care.
We take cases nationwide and we will travel to you. Call today for a free consultation at 888-506-1131 if you or a loved one has symptoms or a diagnosis of mesothelioma or asbestos-related occupational disease. Our lawyers will travel Nationwide to assist railroad worker victims and families.