From the 1930s through the 1970s, American servicemen and women in all branches were exposed to asbestos in a variety of forms. Because asbestos is fire and heat resistant, the military ordered its use in hundreds of applications. Although the material may have served its role as a protective agent, its use came with inordinately high costs; the vast majority of Americans who are suffering from mesothelioma, an asbestos-related deadly illness, are veterans. Because mesothelioma does not appear until decades after initial exposure, it is often difficult to determine the exact source of its origin, but evidence has shown that not only were military employees impacted, but civilian employees and the families of those who served were also exposed on a secondary level; they came into contact with asbestos dust in their workplaces and on the clothes, skin and hair of their friends, colleagues and loved ones. Particularly impacted were the families of those who worked in the Navy ship yards.
To address the various complications and difficulties created by this debilitating illness, the government has provided specific benefits through the V.A. for veterans who suffer the effects of having been exposed to asbestos during their service. Unfortunately, these benefits often pale in comparison to the relief that has been found by other mesothelioma patients in their personal injury lawsuits. Many veterans are frustrated and believe that their opportunities to collect the compensation they need to pay for their medical bills and damages are limited because of their inability to sue the government for liability. The good news is that there are other possibilities for compensation. It is recommended that veterans or their family members who have been negatively impacted by exposure to asbestos contact a qualified mesothelioma attorney. A lawyer who specializes in asbestos lawsuits can advise you as to your ability to file suit against the manufacturers who provided the asbestos products that were used in the Navy yards and other military applications.
A mesothelioma attorney can guide you through the intricacies of filing a lawsuit that will provide for you beyond the compensation and assistance provided by the V.A. They have the experience to analyze the details of your case and tell you whether you have a case against outside parties, and can help you to file your claim so that you and your family can cope with the costs and impact of your illness.