Asbestos exposure causes mesothelioma. If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, it is important to consider where your asbestos exposure may have occurred. Navy veterans were often exposed during their service, causing them to develop mesothelioma decades later.
Legal protections for veterans with mesothelioma
Asbestos exposure is the primary cause of mesothelioma. Another risk factor is living with someone who is exposed to asbestos.
Asbestos exposure was common in certain occupational settings. It may occur in a factory, construction, mining, and other manufacturing industries. It was also common in shipbuilding and shipyard settings.
Navy veterans often experienced significant asbestos exposure due to the extensive use of asbestos-containing insulation, gaskets, and packing in 20th-century navy warships. Mesothelioma can take between 15 and 50 years to develop following exposure.
If you or your loved one has suffered a mesothelioma diagnosis and you are a veteran of the navy, you may be able to bring a claim for damages against the manufacturers of the asbestos products you were exposed to. You may also be eligible for benefits through The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.
Because both processes can be complex, yet important, trained guidance from an attorney with expertise in asbestos cases is essential regardless of which option or options you choose to pursue for compensation for your damages.