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For much of the 20th century, U.S. Naval ships were built with materials containing asbestos. This flame retardant was hailed for its ability to protect seamen in case of fire on the open water, but little was known about the dangers of asbestos exposure until the late 1970s.

Naval records indicate that asbestos was not only used in some ship parts, but was common from bow to stern in things such as insulation materials, piping, boilers, deck covering, paneling, blocking materials, capacitors, hydraulic assemblies, and other parts. Naval seamen who have served aboard these ships are at an increased risk for asbestos-related illnesses such asmesothelioma and asbestosis. Our nation’s seamen who have been diagnosed with one of these illnesses deserve the attention of an uncompromising asbestos exposure attorney.

If you have served as a Naval seaman and are now facing an asbestos-related illness, pleasecontact The Williams Law Firm, P.C.or call 855-575-MESO (6376) today to schedule a free consultation with our New York mesothelioma attorney.

POST-NAVAL EXPOSURE

The Navy stopped using asbestos in ships in the 1970s, but a number of the vessels containing asbestos materials remained in service for years afterward. Because asbestos on ships from the 1940s through the 1970s was ubiquitous, it is highly likely that anyone who worked in or on any part of a U.S. Navy vessel even as late as the 1990s has been exposed to the asbestos particles known to cause mesothelioma and asbestosis.

Under the Jones Act, navy veterans are able to sue for damages outside of those defined in maritime law. Below is important information regarding this act:

  • APPLIES TO ANY SEAMAN WHO SUFFER INJURIES ON DUTY OR AS A RESULT OF THEIR JOB
  • PROVIDES FOR THE RIGHT TO A JURY TRIAL AND POSSIBLE DAMAGES
  • CASES ARE CLASSIFIED AS A DISTINCT SEGMENT OF U.S. COMMON LAW AND PERSONAL INJURY LAW
  • SHIP OWNERS ARE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR AWARDED DAMAGES
  • NEGLIGENCE IS OFFICIALLY CLASSIFIED AS A BASIS FOR LEGAL LIABILITY

FIGHT WITH SOMEONE WHO CARES ABOUT YOUR SITUATION

There is an added complexity to cases involving Naval seamen and asbestos-related illness in that they involve the VA and other veterans’ service groups. Joseph Williams is a dedicated New York asbestos exposure attorney who is prepared to stand up for your rights and stand by your side through every part of your claim to help you get the full compensation you deserve.

ATTORNEY WILLIAMS IN HONORED TO SERVE CURRENT AND FORMER NAVY SERVICEMAN AND WOMEN LIVING IN MANHATTAN, THE BRONX, AND SURROUNDING BOROUGHS OF NEW YORK CITY. CONTACT THE WILLIAMS LAW FIRM, P.C. TODAY!

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