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Has exposure to asbestos put your health at risk? Read on to find out if your past military service or profession put you at risk for an asbestos related disease. Also discover how asbestos some manufacturers and other companies could be to blame for your potential health troubles.

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Has Exposure to Asbestos Put Your Health At Risk?

Asbestos is a toxic substance that was used extensively for much of the 20th century. Asbestos was commonly used for insulation and soundproofing in homes and workplaces across the nation. While it did its job well, the very properties that made asbestos use so popular also made it deadly. Now, decades after exposure, thousands are being diagnosed with mesothelioma, lung cancer, and other asbestos-related diseases.

If you were exposed to asbestos in the past, your risk for mesothelioma and other medical complications does not disappear over time. In fact, many are diagnosed decades after their exposure. Asbestos particles can remain in the lung lining, causing damage, for years before the problem is detected.

Did Your Job Expose You to Asbestos?

It doesn't take much asbestos exposure to result in a diagnosis of asbestosis or mesothelioma. Only a short time breathing in asbestos particles can cause irritation in the lung lining that can lead to loss of lung capacity – or even cancer. However, the risk is greatest for those exposed to asbestos for extended periods because of their job. And, due to the ease with which asbestos fibers can carried home on clothes, your family could be at risk through second-hand exposure.

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Since asbestos was so widely used throughout the 20th century, almost everyone could potentially be exposed to this toxic substance at some point in his or her life. The fireproof mineral was sprayed on school ceilings, used in roofing materials, and hung as drywall in homes and offices. If you think your job exposed you to asbestos, we can help: contact us today.

While anyone can be diagnosed with mesothelioma if they have had asbestos exposure, most cases involve people who have had prolonged exposure to asbestos in the course of their employment. If you fall into any of the following categories, you may be at an increased risk of developing mesothelioma:

  • Shipyard Workers
  • Construction and Building Trades
  • Military Veterans, particularly from the 1930s to 1970s
  • Demolition Crews
  • Automotive Mechanics or Brake Workers
  • Manufacturing, Power Plant, Refinery, or Chemical Employees
  • Mining and Milling Employees
  • Are You A Veteran? You and Your Family May Be Entitled to Compensation.

    For many of the nearly 25 million living veterans in the United States, exposure to asbestos was a daily part of their military service – especially for those in the Navy. Used in every branch of the Armed Forces, asbestos was often mandated as insulation because of its superior fireproofing. Now, decades later, those who served so faithfully in the military are experiencing medical complications as a result of their asbestos exposure.

    Navy veterans are particularly at risk for asbestos-related diseases since from 1940-1970, asbestos was used in virtually every part of ships: boilers, adhesives, pipes, flooring, valves, engine parts and pipe coverings. According to one study completed by the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, 86% of shipyard workers with more than 20 years’ experience will go on to develop asbestos-related diseases such as mesothelioma.

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    The risk isn't just to those building or repairing the ships either. Longshoremen who loaded the ships were also at risk for significant asbestos exposure and those working in shipyards often carried asbestos fibers home on their clothes, putting their families and children at risk of asbestos exposure and future diseases. While the Navy was trying to keep its sailors safe by fireproofing its ships, it did not know that the asbestos it was using would later cause health problems for enlisted men and women as well as their families.

    If you are a veteran of the Navy or other Armed Forces who has been diagnosed with mesothelioma or another asbestos-related disease, you deserve the best care possible. Our firm does not take legal action against the government or the Navy, but against the asbestos manufacturers responsible for exposing you to this toxic substance. Often, claims for veterans are the easiest to file since the government maintains painstakingly detailed records. But you only have a limited time to file a claim, so contact us now.

    Who is Responsible?

    While the dangers of asbestos have been known since the early 20th century, many companies ignored the warnings about asbestos and knowingly exposed their employees.

    The sad reality is that many asbestos manufacturers knew the dangers of asbestos exposure even as they continued to sell and market these products. Many of these companies actually refused to stop making asbestos products even after they discovered the substance was dangerous.

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    The American Cancer Society estimates that as many as 8 million people in the United States have been exposed to asbestos. Forced to take responsibility for their actions, manufacturers and other companies have set aside billions of dollars, in anticipation of future claims against them for their asbestos liability. As someone affected by mesothelioma or another illness, you may be entitled to receive a payment from one or many of these trust funds.

    Remember, though, you have a limited amount of time by law to file your claim, so contact us today.

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