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This Benson-class Destroyer was built by the Bethlehem Steel Company at their Staten Island, NY shipyard in the midst of World War II. It was commissioned by the U.S. Navy in May of 1942, and joined with the Pacific Fleet soon after. The ship measured just over 347 feet in length, and held a complement of 276 officers and enlisted men. During its time the Pacific Theater, the Bailey earned nine battle stars, and was awarded a Navy Unit Commendation for exceptional bravery against the enemy. It served through until the end of the war, and was decommissioned shortly after, in May 1946.
Navy Veterans who served aboard the USS Bailey were likely exposed to asbestos. Destroyers built between the 1930’s and 1970’s used asbestos in a great deal of equipment, including pumps, valves, turbines, boilers, and electrical components. Asbestos materials such as gaskets and packing were also common amongst ships of this era. Although the companies who made these asbestos products were generally aware of the effects asbestos could have on the human body, they never warned the veterans who served on the USS Bailey. As a result of this negligence, many veterans developed mesothelioma and other deadly afflictions later in life.
Asbestos victims who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma and other asbestos-caused illnesses have a right to seek compensation from the companies responsible for their conditions. Settlements can offset or cover the often overwhelming costs of medical care, and can provide additional sums for the pain and suffering of victims and their loved ones. The time in which a lawsuit may be filed is limited however, so it is important to seek legal counsel soon after a mesothelioma diagnosis is made.
If you or someone you care for has been diagnosed with an asbestos-caused illness, contact the law offices of Belluck & Fox at 1-877-637-6843 (1-877-637-6843), or through our online contact form. Our attorneys specialize representing clients afflicted with mesothelioma, asbestosis, and lung cancer caused by asbestos, and have years of experience pursuing asbestos companies responsible for countless illnesses. We have won over $500 million for our clients, including a recent $32 million victory for a Navy Boiler Tender. Live Chat is also available for your convenience.