Naval Veterans of the Air Force May Consider Legal Options After a Mesothelioma Diagnosis.
In recent news about the dangers of asbestos, a veteran of the naval air force was diagnosed with mesothelioma cancer.
Last October, the air force vet was diagnosed with mesothelioma, an especially aggressive lung cancer, caused by exposure to asbestos.
He recalls encountering asbestos in the navy, where he worked on air force bases and aircraft carriers, towing planes and helping them land and take off.
He was also a ship's firefighter, wearing asbestos-cotaining suits to fight blazes.
He recalls that when the suits dried, the asbestos would crack and flake off, the microscopic fibers releasing into the air.
"We knew it was asbestos," the air force vet recalls, "but we didn't know about any danger. I was just doing my job, doing what I was told."
He later served on several ships, which had many of its pipes lagged with asbestos.
We now know that every branch of the U.S. military and many civilian employers have used asbestos in some way in decades past.
Asbestos exposure was especially prevalent for service members since it was used throughout ships and machinery from the 1930s through the 1970s.
Pipes, gaskets, and many other ship parts and machinery contained asbestos.
Veterans who served on a ship were likely exposed, and many now have mesothelioma or another asbestos-related cancer.
Shipyard workers, in particular, are at great risk for mesothelioma because they worked directly with asbestos when building ships and salvaging parts.
Many air force navy veterans have come forward to say their work environment led to a diagnosis of mesothelioma, asbestosis or lung cancer from asbestos.
If this has been your experience, we may be able to help.
For over two decades, Weitz & Luxenberg P.C. has handled some of the most legally complicated and groundbreaking asbestos litigation in the country. Men and women diagnosed with mesothelioma or lung cancer caused by asbestos exposure or secondary exposure may be entitled to compensation from the companies responsible for their disease.
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