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Veterans Diagnosed with Mesothelioma in Florida
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Call (888) 554-2030 If You are a Veteran Diagnosed with Mesothelioma
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 a veteran is diagnosed with mesothelioma or other asbestos-related diseases, contact a law firm experienced in handling mesothelioma and asbestos claims right away.
Time is of the essence and fighting for the financial well-being of your family and loved ones is critical. Call The Ferraro Law Firm at (888) 554-2030 to schedule a free case review!
Why are Veterans at High-Risk for Mesothelioma?
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. About one-third of those diagnosed with mesothelioma 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.
Frequently Asked Questions: Mesothelioma & Asbestos
How can I file a mesothelioma lawsuit?
Filing a civil lawsuit against the person or company that exposed you to asbestos is the first step in seeking compensation for your mesothelioma.
How long does it take to contract asbestosis?
Asbestosis usually doesn’t develop until years after exposure to asbestos. Often, asbestosis symptoms won’t develop for 20 to 30 years following asbestos exposure.
The Ferraro Law Firm provides comprehensive legal services, including mesothelioma representation for military veterans. Call (888) 554-2030 for a free and confidential consultation.