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 disease, 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
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.
The Ferraro Law Firm provides comprehensive legal services, including mesothelioma
representation for military veterans. Call (888) 554-2030 for a free
and confidential consultation.