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Were You Exposed to Asbestos During Your Service? If You Have Mesothelioma, We Want to Help You Access Compensation.

Many Navy veterans who served prior to 1980 are being diagnosed with mesothelioma due to asbestos exposure in their past. The War-Related Illness and Injury Study Centers (WRIISC) has published an explainer on asbestos exposure among servicemembers. One of the most important points the group shares is that Navy veterans are at the highest risk of developing asbestos-related diseases. Anyone in this demographic deserves the best help and care possible if they were put in unnecessary danger while serving our country. Our attorneys are here to help you.

Shrader & Associates, L.L.P. has served thousands of mesothelioma patients, many of them veterans, to help them file claims for compensation. You may be familiar with the VA benefits application process, and if you are, you know it can sometimes be difficult to have your claim approved. Our attorneys can help you gather and submit all the information needed, offering guidance and making the process move more smoothly. We are proud to offer our services in your time of need.

Shrader & Associates, L.L.P. offers free consultations to navy veterans who have developed asbestos-related diseases. Schedule yours by calling (877) 958-7920 from anywhere in the U.S.

How the Navy Used Asbestos

As in private industry, the heat and fire-resistant qualities of asbestos made it popular with the military for use in:

  • Brakes
  • Gaskets
  • Valves
  • Cement
  • Adhesives
  • Insulation
  • Floor and pipe coverings

Exposure was a possibility almost anywhere below decks of a Navy ship. These vessels used asbestos-containing materials in the engine and boiler rooms, navigation rooms, sleeping quarters, and mess halls.

Risk Factors for Asbestos Exposure

According to the WRIISC, Navy members may have inhaled or ingested asbestos if they:

  • Served on ships with keels laid before 1983.
  • Worked in shipyards from the 1930s to the 1990s.
  • Worked below deck any time before the early 1990s.
  • Ever removed damaged lagging and re-wrapped pipes in the engine room

In addition, military personnel may have been exposed when:

  • Renovating asbestos-containing structures and/or removing asbestos-containing materials.
  • Handling any damaged asbestos-containing material.
  • Working as pipefitters, welders, and boiler operators before the mid-1990s.

Who Was Affected?

As you can see, nearly any Navy veteran who served before the early 1990s was at risk of being exposed to asbestos. Though the source of exposure may vary, your rights do not. Learn more about how we can help those who served on or in:

Mesothelioma & the Navy’s Removal of Asbestos from Ships

As the use of asbestos became more controversial, the Navy’s policies regarding the material changed. In 1975, the government eliminated asbestos insulation in new ships and called for the removal of any damaged insulation in older ships. Additionally, any asbestos-containing materials encountered through necessary repairs would also be replaced.

In 1979, as cases of mesothelioma among Navy veterans continued to trend upward, the policy was extended to include the replacement of asbestos-containing insulation in areas where repairs might occur when a ship was in operation. At the time of this added provision, it was anticipated that over the next five years, almost all shipboard thermal insulation would be removed and replaced.

The change was necessary but came too late. Thousands of servicemembers had already been exposed to asbestos on Navy vessels, and thousands more would be while these removals and repairs were made. If you have contracted an asbestos-related disease, you deserve help and compensation.

We Serve Navy Veterans Across the U.S.

Our team at Shrader & Associates, L.L.P. is deeply appreciative of the sacrifices servicemembers made to maintain our freedom and keep America safe. We not only applaud you, but we stand for you. If there is anything we can do to help after a mesothelioma diagnosis, we are just a call away.

Our team can explain your legal options and provide guidance to you and your loved ones as you consider your next steps. We understand how difficult it is to receive such a diagnosis. Whatever we can do to make our clients’ lives easier, we do, no questions asked. With our experience, we can help your V.A. benefits claim move smoothly and ensure your application meets the agency’s rigorous standards. You once fought for us—now let us fight for you.

Call our experienced asbestos exposure attorneys at (877) 958-7920 to schedule your free consultation. We’ve helped thousands of mesothelioma patients across the U.S.

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