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Causes of Mesothelioma - What happened in the Navy

You may be aware of the hazards of asbestos today, but almost no sailors who served in the Navy prior to 1980 knew asbestos was harmful at the time. Had they been warned, they would have worn breathing protection aboard a ship or in a shipyard. Unfortunately, there were many risks of inhaling asbestos fibers aboard a ship because of the heavy use of asbestos in the engine and boiler rooms. These conditions account greatly for why U.S. Navy veterans are diagnosed with mesothelioma in disproportionally high numbers each year.

If you are a Navy veteran, it’s not your fault that you were unaware of the dangers of asbestos. The manufacturers of asbestos products failed to provide adequate warnings of the health hazards, although they knew – or should have known – of these dangers since as far back as the 1920s.

If you are a Navy veteran or a naval shipyard worker and recently have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you may have a legal right to claim financial compensation from the asbestos manufacturers that harmed your health. The compensation you receive can help pay your medical bills and provide financial security for your family.

Belluck & Fox, LLP, represents veterans and shipyard workers with mesothelioma claims. Belluck & Fox recently secured a $32 million verdict for a Navy veteran exposed to asbestos during his service. We can help you.

For a free case evaluation, contact the firm at 877-637-6843 or through the online contact form.

Use of Asbestos on Navy Ships Exposed Veterans to Hazards

Asbestos was used on many kinds of equipment on Navy ships. If you worked in a ship’s engine room or boiler room, you would have been exposed to asbestos materials.

Asbestos was used as lagging on pumps, valves, boilers, and turbines in engine rooms and boiler rooms. Ships used asbestos to insulate boilers and heat-producing machinery. Both valves and pumps utilized asbestos gaskets and packing.

Asbestos in navy ships

As any asbestos-containing equipment is worked on, it can release asbestos fibers. The fibers become airborne and are inhaled and ingested by those in the area – particularly in the poorly ventilated compartments of a ship. Once inhaled, asbestos fibers lodge in the lungs, causing inflammation that can lead to cancer after several decades. Navy veterans may notice symptoms of mesothelioma between 20 and 50 years after being exposed.

Areas of asbestos exposure risk on united states naval ship

According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, millions of workers in naval shipyards during World War II and the decades afterward were exposed to asbestos, as asbestos was used extensively in ship equipment. All forms of asbestos cause respiratory disease, including mesothelioma. Asbestos manufacturers should have warned of the health hazards of the products they sold.

Navy Trades at Risk of Asbestos Exposure

Read about other navy trades at risk of asbestos exposure.

NY Mesothelioma Lawyer Represents Navy Veterans

If you are a Navy veteran or a naval shipyard worker and recently have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you may have a legal right to claim financial compensation from asbestos manufacturers that harmed your health. The compensation you receive can help pay your medical bills and provide financial security for your family. We file claims against asbestos manufacturers, not the Navy. Any payments you currently receive from the Navy would not be affected.

Belluck & Fox LLP is a nationally recognized law firm based in New York that represents veterans and shipyard workers with mesothelioma claims. We can help you.

For a free case evaluation, contact the firm at 877-637-6843 or through the online contact form.

Who we are and what we have done for Navy Vets

The New York lawyers of Belluck & Fox are nationally recognized for helping mesothelioma victims. We have obtained hundreds of millions of dollars for mesothelioma victims, including substantial compensation for Navy veterans and their families.

How we investigate your claim

Our attorneys obtain blueprints of your ship and records showing the asbestos products and equipment on the ship. We connect your disease to specific products made by manufacturers.