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Mesothelioma Attorneys Help Disabled Veterans

Veterans include anyone who has served in any of the United States military branches:

  • U.S. Navy
  • Army
  • Marine Corps
  • Air Force and
  • Coast Guard

Many veterans, and especially those in the Navy, have a higher risk of developing a fatal cancer called mesothelioma due to exposure to asbestos during their time of service.

Veterans diagnosed with mesothelioma often have a hard time getting the financial help they need through federal or veteran disability benefits. Many die before anything can be determined or settled, which leaves family members left behind dealing not only with loss of a loved one but also with financial burdens.

If you are a veteran diagnosed with mesothelioma, immediately seek advice from a law firm that specializes in handling only asbestos related lawsuits. Other firms will not be able to respond in as timely a fashion or with the same expertise. Experienced mesothelioma attorneys will not only have familiarity and higher success with asbestos lawuits, they will also be able to refer you to doctors, mesothelioma specialists, hospitals and clinical trials that best treat the disease.

Until the 1980s, many materials used by the military in construction and aboard ships contained asbestos, exposing servicemen as well as civilian contractors who worked at military sites or on military vehicles. Those at highest risk are veterans who worked in small spaces aboard navy ships where asbestos products were used. In such tight spaces, ventilation was worse and the chance of inhaling or ingesting asbestos fibers was greater. Heaviest exposure for veterans occurred prior to 1980, after which use of asbestos containing products was severely restricted due to the known hazards of exposure.

Common asbestos containing products used by the military include:

  • Insulation of all types- boilers, generators, steam and hot water pipes and tanks, electrical wiring
  • Cement products
  • Floor and ceiling tiles
  • Gaskets
  • Brakes and clutches

Although repeated exposure increases chances of later developing mesothelioma, even a single exposure can lead to disease. The symptoms of mesothelioma do not appear until decades after exposure, up to fifty years after, and recognition of the symptoms can be challenging since they mimic other less serious illnesses.

Veterans and/or family members exposed second-hand who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma have the legal right to receive good medical treatment and compensation for their injuries. Often the only way these rights can be enforced is with the help of a mesothelioma attorney.

Contact us today for a free consultation and to receive more information about help for veterans diagnosed with mesothelioma. Unlike other firms, you can speak to directly to a mesothelioma lawyer on the phone who knows everything there is to know about this type of cancer and how to file an asbestos lawsuit on your behalf.