Did Serving in the Marines Cause Mesothelioma or Pulmonary Disease? You may file an asbestos claim.
Marine vet with mesothelioma served on U.S.S Valley Forge
In recent news about the dangers of asbestos exposure, a former marine, age 80, died of mesothelioma in California, where he was visiting family.
The ex-mamrine was born in Underwood, N. D., on April 13, 1928. His health turned rapidly downhill when he was diagnosed with mesothelioma in July 2007.
He joined the Marine Corps and served aboard the U.S.S Valley Forge until he was honorably discharged in the early 1950s.
After that, he worked on a ranch and farmed 1,900 acres, raising buffalo and Galloway Angus cattle, along with doing veterinary work in the community.
As the mesothelioma attorneys in our Asbestos Litigation unit know all too well, marines often worked with Navy crews, which were exposed on a daily basis to asbestos.
Marines used Navy aircraft carriers for their base from which to fly fighter-bombers on ship to shore missions.
We now know that every branch of the U.S. military, including marines, and many civilian employers have used asbestos in some way in decades past. This dramatically increased their risk for asbestos cancers such as mesothelioma.
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.
Many marine 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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