The two large oceans on the east and west coasts of the United States mean that support ships play a vital, and dangerous, role in naval operations. During World War II, the merchant marine had the highest casualty rate of any combat group. Tankers and oilers may be even more important. These vessels supply overseas allies and keep combat vessels afloat. More than that, oilers and tankers are a symbol of American commitment to allies and servicemembers.
Speaking of dangerous, onboard health threats on tankers and oilers, such as the asbestos minerals which are in almost every area of every Navy ship built before 1975, may be a greater hazard than enemy action.
Since the risk of fire is so high on these ships, builders often doubled down on asbestos fireproofing lining.
These builders knew that the asbestos posed a greater danger than the fires they prevented. But they kept using it anyway, which is why several legal options are available. Keep reading to find out more.
Legal Options for Victims of Naval Asbestos Exposure
Treatments for asbestosis and other serious asbestos-related illnesses could cost tens of thousands of dollars a month. Additionally, these debilitating conditions cause almost unbelievable pain and suffering. Compensation is available through:
- VA Disability Claim: Navy and other veterans who prove they were exposed to asbestos during military service and have a current diagnosis of an asbestos-related illness are usually entitled to benefits like a monthly cash stipend and free medical care.
- Asbestos Trust Fund: The requirements for a successful asbestos trust fund claim are similar. Money from these multi-billion-dollar funds is available if the claimant proves asbestos exposure and has a current illness diagnosis.
- Defective Product Claim: Asbestos manufacturers, like all other manufacturers, are strictly liable for the injuries their defective products cause. Asbestos-laced linings and other products were defectively designed. These companies knew they shouldn’t have used asbestos, but they used it anyway.
Current diagnosis is often one of the most pressing issues in these claims. Asbestos-related illnesses are difficult to diagnose. So, an attorney connects victims with doctors who focus on such matters. Usually, these doctors charge nothing upfront for their professional services.
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And if you believe that you were exposed to asbestos, or have been diagnosed with an asbestos illness, you could be entitled to significant compensation—money you could use to cover the costs of asbestos removal services, pay for medical treatment, and preemptively protect your physical well-being.
All without filing a lawsuit.
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