ASBESTOS, INGLESIDE NAVAL STATION
Weitz & Luxenberg – Proven defenders of asbestos-injured naval veterans
If you are concerned about possible asbestos exposure related to your work
at anyone of the nation’s many shipyards, including the Ingleside Naval Station
in Texas, it is important that you discuss your situation with a physician. Mesothelioma, the signature asbestos-related
cancer, is most easily treated when it is identified in its early stages. A
study conducted at the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine found that 86 percent of
shipyard workers with 20 or more years of experience developed asbestos-related
lung disease or lung cancer.
ASBESTOS DANGER, INGLESIDE NAVAL STATION
July 8, 2010 – The Ingleside Naval Station was established 20 years ago in
Coastal Bend, Tex., located in the Gulf of Mexico region. The U.S. Navy felt
that a naval presence in South Texas was important because 50 percent of the
nation’s oil and gas shipments passed through the area. Unfortunately, asbestos
exposure at the Ingleside Naval Station was the real and imminent danger.
Thousands of shipyard workers across the nation suffered asbestos exposure
throughout the 20th century, including those who served at the Ingleside Naval
Station from 1988 to 2005.
Asbestos threat at Ingleside Naval Station
The Ingleside Naval Station was home to many older vessels that were repaired
at the naval station shipyard. Most older vessels contained asbestos.
Asbestos had a practical use in
shipbuilding because of its ability to resist fire, high temperatures and
corrosion. It was also valued for its ability to help control fires at sea, a
real concern during the nation’s wartime years. Unknown to most shipyard workers
at the time, asbestos kills.
When shipyard workers work with asbestos materials, microscopic asbestos fibers can become airborne.
Asbestos exposure at Ingleside Naval Station occurred when workers accidentally
inhaled or ingested asbestos fibers during their daily work activities.
When inhaled, asbestos fibers become lodged in the lungs and cause severe and
fatal health problems, including mesothelioma. Dozens of shipyard workers have
died from asbestos exposure at Ingleside Naval Station this way.
Unrelated to the asbestos threat lurking there, it was decided that other
naval station shipyards in the Gulf region could just as effectively respond to
any potential threats to the local oil industry. Thus, the Ingleside Naval
Station was closed on August 24, 2005.
If you suspect you are the victim of asbestos exposure based on your work at
Ingleside Naval Station, or at any other shipbuilding facility, and you have
been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you may be eligible to receive financial
compensation for your injury.
Weitz & Luxenberg
The Asbestos Litigation Unit at Weitz & Luxenberg has obtained
record-breaking verdicts and
settlements for asbestos-injured shipyard workers for nearly 25 years.
The firm’s impressive history is rooted in a landmark trial that involved 36
retired Brooklyn Navy Yard workers in New York who were diagnosed with
mesothelioma, and other fatal asbestos-related diseases linked to occupational
In that landmark case, Weitz & Luxenberg obtained $75 million for Navy
shipyard veterans, most of whom died from their illnesses. In those cases,
surviving family members received the awards.
If you have been diagnosed with asbestos-related mesothelioma, you are urged
to contact an asbestos lawyer at our
firm through the communication form at left.