Veterans & Mesothelioma
Hard-Hitting Advocacy from a New York Mesothelioma Lawyer
Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces living in New York or nationwide—particularly former Navy and Coast Guard personnel who served from the 1940s through the 1970s—have an increased risk of developing mesothelioma, the lung cancer caused by asbestos exposure that may necessitate an attorney to recover damages.
If you or a family member who is a veteran developed mesothelioma after military service, The Williams Law Firm, P.C. is ready to hear from you. Led by an award-winning New York mesothelioma attorney, our team proudly serve clients throughout the United States who have been affected by asbestos exposure and deserve to have the gravity of their illness recognized by the law.
Want to learn more about your mesothelioma lawsuit options? Call our offices at (855) 971-0343 today.
Mesothelioma & "The Greatest Generation"
Mesothelioma can take several decades to reveal itself. This is why many hard-working Americans who fought and lived through World War II, specifically men between the ages of 65 and 85, are statistically most likely to lose their lives to mesothelioma, according to research conducted by the National Center for Health Statistics.
Of the 2,485 deaths reported for the year this study was conducted (1999):
- Men in the experiment group were almost twice as likely to die from mesothelioma as women.
- Mesothelioma victims were overwhelmingly white.
- The median age for all mesothelioma deaths that year was 73.
Since mesothelioma can have a latency period of 20-40 years or more, many World War II-era veterans only recently began to suffer the symptoms of this asbestos-related lung cancer. Our New York mesothelioma lawsuit attorney and team at The Williams Law Firm, P.C. understand the physical, financial and emotional impacts of this disease, and we are proud to be advocates for asbestos-exposure victims from "The Greatest Generation" along with their families. If you or your family has been affected, our firm is ready to hear your story.
Asbestos & the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard
There was a time when asbestos or products that contain asbestos were used in every branch of the military. However, Naval Seaman and Coast Guard personnel were at a greater risk of exposure than other servicemen due to the widespread presence of asbestos in shipyards and ships.
The heat-resistant properties of asbestos were employed in various locations throughout ships including:
- Boiler rooms
- Crew quarters
- Engine rooms
- Pump rooms
- Weapons and ammunition storage
Pipes and boilers were also wrapped with asbestos-based insulators. Ship interiors and exteriors were coated with paint containing asbestos. Ships were lined with asbestos-based fireproofing material and many mechanical components contained asbestos, as well.
Due to the often-poor ventilation on these ships, asbestos fibers were easily inhaled and lodged in the lungs, where they would eventually cause tissue scarring and the cellular mutations that lead to mesothelioma and lung cancer.
Attorneys for Veterans Exposed to Asbestos
The military began phasing out asbestos and restricting new uses of the noxious material in the 1970s, but the damage had already been done. Studies indicate that veterans account for approximately one-third of all mesothelioma and asbestos-related lung cancer cases.
Before servicemen can recover damages for medical expenses from this and other illnesses caused by asbestos exposure, they must link their illness to their military service. Military benefits may fail to cover the costly medical treatment necessary to manage mesothelioma or lung cancer, so veterans and their families also can take legal action against the companies that manufactured and sold asbestos products to the military.
If you are ready to explore your legal options during this difficult time, then our firm is ready to assist you. Fill out our online form today to request a free case evaluation.