Before the use of asbestos was discontinued in the 1980s, the mineral was often used by the U.S. Navy on ships and in shipyards. Many thousands of sailors and shipbuilders came in contact with asbestos and consequently inhaled the mineral, which in some cases resulted in lung diseases, including mesothelioma.
The Navy used materials with asbestos in new ships and shipyards that were built from the 1930s through the 1970s. This mineral was used in boilers, condensers, steam pumps, gaskets, valves and turbines. Sailors who worked with or around these machines, particularly electricians, plumbers and engineers, faced greater risk of exposure. Those who installed and repaired asbestos installation were also at a high risk of exposure.
For veterans who have served their country honorably, it is devastating to learn that, as part of that service, they were infected with an often-deadly and very painful disease. Because most symptoms do not appear for 20 to 40 years after initial exposure, it is undoubtedly a difficult diagnosis to hear, and it is crucial to seek financial, physical and legal support.
At the law firm of Kaiser Gornick LLP, our lawyers can help you pursue the compensation you deserve from the Navy. We can answer your questions, fill out appropriate forms and get you the information and resources you need.
Learn more about protection for Navy veterans who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma. Contact Kaiser Gornick LLP to speak with an attorney and get the help you and your family need. Call for a free consultation at our San Francisco/Bay Area office.