This month we will cover two sides of mesothelioma: the legal elements and the medical elements. Each side of this disease can be heavily daunting. One side of the coin gives you a diagnosis that in a large majority of the cases is fatal within 2 years. There are many obstacles to cover to prolong life and protect and preserve the quality of life that remains. The other side of the coin represents the law and the illegal exposure to asbestos that was the cause of your deadly illness. Most will want to legally pursue options to hold the parties of this exposure responsible and go after monetary compensation.
Your first inclination about asbestos-related illness will come from a medical diagnosis. Most people are devastated and do not know exactly where to begin. Finding a medical professional or specialist near you will be your first priority. Your next priority will be understanding the legal implications of the negligence of others afflicting you with a deadly disease and you will want to take legal recourse.
Both sides of this coin represent a battle – each with specific steps and understandings you must comprehend and master in order to win the war. This months’ blogs will help to empower you with information to cover both fronts.
Mesothelioma Navy veterans are a large group of victims of asbestos exposure. Practically all ships commissioned by the US Navy during 1930 to 1970 were authorized to contain several tons of asbestos insulation. This was installed along miles of pipe aboard ships in the walls, mess halls, dorms, the engine room and in doors that required fireproofing. The sailors aboard these ships and the personnel that repaired the ships are prime candidates for mesothelioma. Navy veterans are amongst the leading group of asbestos-related illnesses and cancer – it is something that could have been avoided had the leaders in chargeasserted their authority to ban the substance earlier.
Asbestos products were discontinued near 1980 due to mesothelioma legal advice from experts to congress. Even after this legislation, hundreds of military installations remained with asbestos flooring, tiles, insulation and cement intact. It would take decades to break these down and have them removed. This enacted a new branch of disability rights for veterans that were asbestos victims. The regulation related to this exposure and mesothelioma Navy veterans was written in 1988. As with any mesothelioma lawsuit, a veteran must prove their disease is related to asbestos exposure that occurred during active duty. An experienced mesothelioma law firm should be able to show that this exposure did occur during active duty and is not related to exposure that might have occurred elsewhere.
Interestingly enough, mesothelioma Navy veterans cannot sue the government for damages incurred during service in the Armed Forces. What they can do, however, is sue the manufacturing companies of the asbestos products that caused their illness.