Veterans with mesothelioma comprise a significant portion of the victims of this terrible cancer, having been exposed to asbestos while serving in the military, either in shipyards, aboard ships, in military housing or overseas.
In the unfortunate event that they receive a positive diagnosis, our mesothelioma attorneys urge veterans to consult with an experienced law firm right away. Time is of the essence and fighting for the financial well-being of your family and loved ones is critical.
Mesothelioma is typically defined as cancer of the lining surrounding the lungs or abdominal cavity. In the United States, it has been linked almost exclusively to asbestos exposure. Because diagnosis typically occurs 30 to 40 years after exposure, many fail to connect the cancer with their military service. Others at high risk include automotive mechanics, drywall workers, shipyard employees, those who worked in power plants and oil refineries, utility workers, miners, and railroad employees.
But veterans are among the most at risk — particularly those who served in the U.S. Navy. This year, approximately 3,000 citizens will be diagnosed. The average victim is in their early 70s. About one-third of those diagnosed are veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs reports there are 25 million living veterans, and hundreds of thousands, if not millions, were exposed to asbestos during their military service.
Asbestos was widely used because of its heat-resistant and fireproof properties — it was not phased out of use until the 1970s or in some cases the 1980s. Every Navy ship built before the mid 1970s had asbestos widely used during its construction. In particular, the material was used below deck and in engine rooms — sailors who routinely worked in these areas are thought to be at increased risk.
While the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs recognizes mesothelioma as a service-related medical condition, disability claims are routinely denied for various reasons.
The Ferraro Law Firm provides comprehensive legal services, including mesothelioma representation for military veterans. Call 1-800-275-3332 for a free and confidential consultation. Offices in Miami, Washington, D.C., and New York City.