In the 20th century, the U.S. armed forces commonly used asbestos products due to the mineral's natural strength and resistance to heat. As a result, many thousands of military veterans were exposed to high levels of asbestos during their service, especially those who served in the Navy and sailed on ships that were filled with asbestos materials. While asbestos exposure and mesothelioma were prevalent in all branches of the armed forces, this exposure was greatest among sailors in the U.S. Navy.
For veterans who wish to seek benefits, dealing with claims against the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) can be confusing and difficult. We have experience helping veterans navigate the complex and challenging VA system and have been successful in helping our clients receive benefits despite the VA claims that mesothelioma is not a service-related medical condition. It is important to consult with an experienced legal advocate who can explain your rights and options for getting the compensation you need and deserve.
Asbestos was so popular at the end of the 1800s and the beginning of the 1900s that manufacturers used the fiber in thousands of products. The U.S. military was no exception, and by World War II, asbestos was mandated for use on Navy ships, and the Army also adapted its use. This popularity came about despite the fact that product manufacturers and the government had knowledge of direct links between asbestos and lung diseases, including mesothelioma.
Veterans who worked on ships were at much greater risk of mesothelioma, as they commonly breathed the fibers into their lungs and chest cavities. Because doctors catch the disease in its later stages, many retired veterans learned about their exposure 20 to 40 years after the fact, when they were diagnosed with tragic and painful diseases.
The stress mesothelioma can place on a veteran and his or her family is often overwhelming. Our lawyers have been handling these claims for more than 20 years and know how to provide respectful, yet aggressive, representation.
The last thing a mesothelioma victim needs is more stress. We will help you fill out the forms and get the information that you need. Contact Kaiser Gornick LLP to speak with an attorney and get the help you and your family need.