Asbestos and the Military

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The Williams Law Firm, P.C. recognizes that patriotic American holidays like Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Veterans Day are reminders that asbestos exposure is among the myriad ways that members of the U.S. Armed Forced often risk their lives for our freedom. Because asbestos was so widely used by our military for many years, our veterans are particularly vulnerable to asbestos-related cancers like mesothelioma.

If you or a loved one developed mesothelioma after military service, please contact The Williams Law Firm, P.C. today. A New York asbestos attorney from our team can represents clients in Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens, Staten Island, and throughout the United States. If you’ve been affected by an asbestos-related diagnosis, our firm is ready to assess your legal options.



Here are just three of the known instances in which members of the American military were exposed to asbestos, which is the cause of mesothelioma, asbestosis, and other serious respiratory illnesses.

Military Asbestos Exposure Example #1: Nuclear-powered Naval ships. A significant portion of the U.S. Navy’s fleet is fueled by nuclear power and the Navy also maintains mainland research reactors. Nuclear reactors were predominantly constructed in the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s using heat-resistant, asbestos-based materials. Shipbuilders in general are a high-risk group, and the Brooklyn Navy Yard was a historic asbestos exposure job site.

Military Asbestos Exposure Example #2: Historic army facilities. Many American soldiers who served prior to the 1970s were trained or housed in buildings that were constructed or outfitted with asbestos products. Plus, many who serve abroad today in countries without active, government-sanctioned asbestos abatement programs may still regularly come into contact with buildings where deteriorated asbestos materials release toxic fibers into the air.

Military Asbestos Exposure Example #3: Older military vehicles. From common transportation to combat-ready vehicles, if the machinery was meant to withstand heat, it was likely manufactured with asbestos. Brakes and gaskets were common asbestos products before abatement efforts. In addition to the soldiers who operated these vehicles being at risk of ongoing asbestos exposure, those who manufactured these vehicles also were likely exposed to asbestos.

Members of the military who were exposed to asbestos during service and later developed mesothelioma have the right to financial compensation for medical expenses.

If you or a loved one developed mesothelioma after military service, then the time to start exploring your options is now. Call our team at 855-575-MESO (6376) today.

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