U.S. Veterans Suffering From Asbestos Exposure Eligible for Compensation
In the early 20th century, the U.S. Armed Forces used asbestos as a source of heating and insulation in various structures. The product was used frequently because of its cheap cost, durability, heat resistance qualities, and fireproof capacity.
Although most spray-applied asbestos products were banned in 1973 under the EPA’s Clean Air Act and a full ban placed on the manufacturing, importation, processing, and sale of asbestos-containing products in 1989, structures that had been built with asbestos remained. Veterans that were exposed to the product during their military careers have developed mesothelioma and other asbestos-related illnesses.
It can take anywhere from 10 to 50 years to see an onset of mesothelioma symptoms, therefore veterans may begin dealing with their sickness decades after they have served.
The Texas asbestos lawyers at Hotze Runkle want to help these American heroes in their claims against those who exposed them to these dangerous fibers. This negligence has jeopardized the health of many and even cost some veterans their lives.
Who is at fault when a veteran suffers from asbestos exposure?
The claim will not be made against the government or the military, but rather against the negligent companies that produced the asbestos products you were exposed to.
Which branches of the military were exposed to asbestos?
Before asbestos became heavily restricted in the 1970s and 80s, members of all different military branches faced the dangers of exposure.
Asbestos Exposure in the U.S. Navy
Members of the Navy were affected by asbestos as it was used in shipyards and the production of vessels. Those serving aboard ships, especially in close proximity to engine rooms, were at highest risk of exposure.
Navy veterans are among the most affected of all individuals because of the extent of their exposure in areas such as:
- Boiler rooms
- Engine rooms
- Storage rooms
- Navigation rooms
- Sleeping quarters
- Mess halls
Asbestos Exposure in the U.S. Army
32 army installations were discovered to have excessive amounts of asbestos. By the 1970s, barracks were no longer made with asbestos materials, however, the old installations still posed a threat to soldiers.
The following areas in barracks contained asbestos:
In military vehicles:
- Heating systems
- Brake pads
In aircraft (WWII era):
- Fighter planes
Asbestos Exposure in the Marines
Members of the Marine Corps could have faced exposure in transportation vehicles such as airplanes, ships, armored vehicles, and ships. The Marines often shared facilities with the Navy, so they also faced exposure at these sites, as well as:
- Military vehicles and transportation
- Sleeping quarters
- Smaller naval vessels
Asbestos Exposure in the U.S. Air Force
Asbestos building materials were used in Air Force stations, planes, and radar stations. The toxic material was used to build Air Force planes and their cockpit heating systems, brakes, torque valves, heat shields for engines, gaskets, insulation, and electrical wiring.
U.S. Air Force members could have faced exposure from any of the following airplane structures:
- Cockpit heating systems
- Heat shields for engines
- Torque valves
- Electrical wiring
- Insulation for cargo bays
Veterans Diagnosed With Asbestos Illness or Mesothelioma
It can be anywhere from 10 to 50 years before the initial onset of asbestos-related illness and mesothelioma symptoms surface. Veterans that suspect past exposure should seek medical attention.
If a veteran should be diagnosed with mesothelioma, they should seek immediate legal consultation to recover damages from the negligent asbestos companies that harmed them.
If you feel that you may have faced exposure to the toxic material during your time serving the country, our national asbestos legal team at Hotze Runkle is prepared to help you recover damages.