There are millions of veterans of the U.S. armed forces in the United States and abroad. Unfortunately, many military veterans were exposed to asbestos on ships and in other locations. As a result, some of these veterans developed mesothelioma and other terminal asbestos-related conditions. Veterans account for nearly 30 percent of all mesothelioma cases in the United States.
Often, a mesothelioma diagnosis comes as a complete shock to a veteran and his or her family. Many veterans who are diagnosed are healthy people who go to see the doctor about a cough and end up being told about a deadly disease that was contracted 40 years ago in the Navy. This type of diagnosis can easily turn a life and a family upside down.
At Kaiser Gornick LLP, it is our goal to help clients deal with the stress of such a diagnosis by fighting to get them the benefits they deserve. Our lawyers are experienced and know how to complete the process in a timely and effective manner.
Asbestos was used for decades due to its durability and high resistance to heat. It was often used as insulation, including around pipes and wires, as well as for fireproofing. Asbestos was most widely used in the Navy, Merchant Marine and Coast Guard as thermal insulation aboard ships.
In engine and boiler rooms on those ships, it was easy for sailors to disturb the asbestos insulation, sending a cloud of dust into the air that they then breathed in. The asbestos fibers lodged in the linings of organs, such as the lung and heart, eventually causing damage and leading to the cancer known as mesothelioma.
We have helped many veterans obtain the compensation they need for mesothelioma and related lung diseases caused by asbestos. Contact Kaiser Gornick LLP to speak with an attorney and learn more about VA claims and benefits in California. Call for a free consultation at our San Francisco/Bay Area office.