Navy Veterans and Mesothelioma
Navy veterans are in the most danger of developing mesothelioma, compared to service members in other branches of the military, because asbestos was part of everyday life aboard military vessels. For decades, thousands of pounds of the fibrous material were used in every Navy vessel in every area from the top of the bridge to the bilge.
Through the 1990s, it would have been nearly impossible to avoid asbestos exposure while serving aboard a Navy vessel. Asbestos manufacturers hid from Naval authorities the associated dangers of asbestos in an effort to continue earning windfall profits. Since the deceit and lies have been documented in court records, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs now recognizes that veterans faced excessive asbestos exposure. The VA will pay disability compensation, pension and/or medical benefits for those with proven military exposure.
Navy veterans are also eligible for financial assistance through asbestos trusts, which are court-mandated financial arrangements created to assist asbestos-disease victims. Let us help you walk through the many steps for VA benefits and asbestos trusts to give you and your family financial security during a difficult time.
Ships and Shipyards
Shipyard workers ensured the ships were in good working order, so they worked inside and outside the ships. In shipyards, asbestos was found in the buildings, on ship parts and on tools, among other places. Even today, Navy personnel who work in shipyards have a high risk of being exposed. The following is a sample of the areas where asbestos was found in ships:
- Wall insulation
- Deck doors
- Boiler rooms
- Electrical wire
- Exhaust ducts
- Sealing putties
- Floor and ceiling tiles
High Risk Jobs
Sailors who worked aboard ships or in shipyards were constantly at risk for asbestos exposure. Navy personnel unknowingly released asbestos fibers into the air while doing their jobs aboard ships and breathed in the dust. Jobs that are considered high risk for asbestos exposure include:
- Boiler Technicians – The boiler technicians ensure the ship’s boilers are operating at maximum capacity. Through the 1980’s, the boilers were covered with asbestos in some form and the boiler technicians were at high risk for exposure.
- Electricians – The electrician safeguards the ship’s electrical supply from damage to make sure the lights, power and generators are properly operating. Asbestos was used on wiring, motors and generators, to name a few.
- Repair Workers – The wide range of repair workers, from machinery repair to hull maintenance, were put at risk for asbestos exposure every day. Early on, they were not required to wear breathing protection so they easily inhaled asbestos dust.
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Treatment Options for Veterans
Navy veterans who have been diagnosed with asbestos cancer deserve the most effective medical treatment available. Through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health system, veterans have access to some of the best mesothelioma specialists in the world, including Dr. Robert Cameron and Dr. Abraham Lebenthal.
Cameron and Lebenthal, who work in Massachusetts and California respectively, are known for their cutting-edge work in treating veterans for mesothelioma cancer. Seeking treatment from a specialist is one of the best ways to improve your prognosis. Our Patient Advocates also help all asbestos victims get the funding they deserve for the best possible care. Contact us today to connect with a treatment specialist near you.
Compensation for Navy Veterans
Navy veterans are at the highest risk for developing mesothelioma due to prolonged asbestos exposure and are eligible for financial settlements that can pay for treatment and other expenses. The average settlement is up to $1.4 million, but varies among patients. Our knowledgeable attorneys will help you determine your best chances for a large settlement.
Navy veterans who have asbestos-related injuries can get financial compensation through the VA and asbestos trusts, among other places. VA benefits allow veterans free access to quality healthcare and, in some cases, up to $2,800 a month in restitution. Asbestos trusts also provide financial assistance for medical care and other expenses.
- Department of Veterans Affairs. “War Related Illness and Injury Study Center.” Retrieved from http://www.warrelatedillness.va.gov/education/factsheets/asbestos-exposure.pdf
- Mayo Clinic. Mesothelioma Symptoms. Retrieved from http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/mesothelioma/DS00779/DSECTION=symptoms