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Merchant Marines and Mesothelioma

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Merchant Marines that have been diagnosed with Mesothelioma or an Asbestos related diseases you may be eligible to receive compensation from responsible asbestos companies and manufacturers.

Merchant Marines who served in the U. S. Armed Forces are being diagnosed with Mesothelioma and other asbestos related diseases.

Most Veterans do not start showing asbestos related symptoms until 10-50 years after their initial exposure. Asbestos exposure is responsible for approximately 10,000 deaths each year in the United States. The Department of Veterans Affairs states that there are over 25 million Americans that have previously served in the U.S. Military. During times of armed conflict, Merchant Marines (same as U.S. Maritime Service) become an adjunct branch of the U.S. Navy.

  • The U.S. Merchant Marine is a fleet of civilian ships that carries cargos in and out of U.S. ports in peace times.
  • Merchant Marine ships carry troops and supplies to and back from combat zones.
  • President Franklin D. Roosevelt called the Merchant Marines the “Fourth Arm of Defense.”
  • Merchant Marines and the officers are commissioned into the U.S. Maritime Service allowing them to be considered Veterans.
  • In WW2, Merchant Marines had the highest casualty rate of any service branch; 1 Merchant Marine was killed for every 26 in service.
  • Approximately 47 % of Merchant marines developed abnormalities more than 30 years after initial exposure.
  • Approximately 38.5 % of Merchant marines developed abnormalities more than 40 years after initial exposure.
  • Asbestos-containing products and materials were used heavily on Merchant Marines ships.
  • A study of 920 Merchant Marine crewmen found that of the 391 participating in the study, 42.5 % had pleural or parenchymal abnormalities in their chest.
  • A 1990 study of long-term effects on Merchant Marines found that of 3,324 chest radiographs reviewed more than 1/3 was found to have pleural or parenchymal abnormalities.
  • A study of 1,767 Marine inspectors who had served in the U.S. Coast Guard between 1942-1970 found that they had highest mortality rate when compared to any other officers in the Coast Guard.

From 1937 to 1947, nearly 6,000 merchant marine ships were constructed. These vessels included tankers, hospital ships, and the famous Liberty ships that carried precious ammunition and other war materials to U.S. soldiers, sailors and Marines around the world.


Shipyards That Built U.S. Merchant Marine Ships

  • American Ship Building Co., Loraine, OH
  • Bethlehem-Fairfield Shipyards, Inc., Baltimore, MD
  • California Shipbuilding Corp, Los Angeles CA
  • Delta Shipbuilding Company, New Orleans, LA
  • J. A. Jones Construction Co., Panama City, FL
  • J. A. Jones Construction Co., Brunswick, GA
  • Kaiser Co., Vancouver, WA
  • Marinship Corporation, Sausalito, CA
  • New England Shipbuilding Co., South Portland, ME
  • North Carolina Shipbuilding Co., Wilmington, NC
  • Oregon Shipbuilding Co., Portland OR
  • Permanente Metals Corporation, #1 Yard, Richmond, CA
  • Permanente Metals Corporation, #2 Yard, Richmond, CA
  • Southeastern Shipbuilding Corp, Savannah, GA
  • St. John’s River Shipbuilding Co., Jacksonville, FL
  • Todd Houston Shipbuilding Corp., Houston, TX
  • Walsh-Kaiser Company, Inc., Providence RI

Many Veterans diagnosed with Mesothelioma have complained that they were not given any warning, training or respiratory protective gear when handling, installing, loading, repairing, or removing asbestos-containing products.

The Navy’s Surgeon General became aware In 1939 that asbestosis was being caused by extended asbestos exposure to Veterans yet the Navy continued its use of asbestos for 4 more decades. U. S. regulations on asbestos exposure began in the late 1970s. Because of its long latency period asbestos-related diseases like Mesothelioma cancer has made Veterans sick through no fault of their own. U. S. Courts are now holding asbestos companies and manufacturers that exposed Veterans to the toxic asbestos dust and fibers accountable by awarding mesothelioma victims large settlements for their pain and suffering.


Veterans and Asbestos Exposure

  • A recent study showed that more than 1 in 3 Veterans will be diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease in their lifetime.
  • Asbestos was used widely by the U. S. Military in more than 300 different materials and products.
  • All branches of the U. S. Military used asbestos during the 20th century with peak years being 1930-1980.
  • More than 25 Millions of U. S. Veterans have been exposed to asbestos during their tour of service.
  • Recent studies showed that as many as 30-40% of Mesothelioma victims are U. S. Veterans.
  • Mesothelioma has affected veterans from all branches of service including those who worked in Navy shipyards.
  • The U.S. Military used thousands of asbestos-containing products in their ships between the 1920-late 1970’s.
  • 14 in every 1,000 WW II shipyard workers died of an asbestos-related disease compared to 18 in every 1,000 combat related deaths.
  • Veterans who served between 1940 and 1980 have the greatest risk of developing Mesothelioma or an asbestos-related cancer.

Merchant Marines – Asbestos Containing Products

  • Air conditioning systems
  • Asbestos cloth
  • Asbestos insulating felt
  • Asbestos-laden twine
  • Boilers
  • Boiler
  • Boiler rooms
  • Brakes
  • Bulkheads
  • Capacitors
  • Cold fluid pipes
  • Common work areas
  • Deck coverings
  • Diesel engines
  • Electrical components
  • Electrical fixtures
  • Engineering
  • Engine rooms
  • Exhaust joints
  • Exhaust piping
  • Fireproofing
  • Fireproof insulating pads
  • Fire control systems
  • Fire resistant sheets
  • Fire retardant material
  • Fire safety products
  • Fittings
  • Flanges
  • Fuel tanks
  • Gaskets
  • Grinders
  • Heating systems
  • Hot fluid pipes
  • Hull Repairs
  • Maintenance equipment
  • Non-skid flooring bulk head walls
  • Non-skid flooring on decks
  • Paint
  • Pipes
  • Plumbing products
  • Packing & Tape
  • Plumbing systems
  • Pipes
  • Re-circulated air systems
  • Repairing brakes
  • Seals to doors and hatches
  • Seals to doors and hatches
  • Switches
  • Tubes
  • Valves
  • Ventilation systems
  • Water pumps
  • Wiring

Merchant Marines Veterans and Asbestos Exposure

Asbestos is most dangerous when inhaled or ingested. Most Merchant Marines Veterans are particularly at risk because they worked long periods of time in tight, enclosed spaces. It was nearly impossible to avoid coming into to contact with asbestos if you worked on or aboard a Merchant Marines ships.

Merchant Marines veterans were daily exposed to toxic asbestos dust and fibers where they inhaled and ingested them without any protection in their workplace. Families of workers and other government contactors that were exposed to asbestos secondhand are also developing Mesothelioma and other asbestos-related disease.

Many Veterans diagnosed with Mesothelioma have complained that they were not given any warning, training or respiratory protective gear when handling, installing, loading, repairing, or removing asbestos-containing products.

Merchant Marines Veterans Have the Right to sue Manufacturers that Exposed them to Asbestos.


TO GET HELP – Our nationwide toll free Mesothelioma Helpline number is 800.291.0963


Veterans and Asbestos Exposure

  • Asbestos was used by the U. S. Military in more than 300 different materials and products.
  • Millions of U. S. Veterans have been exposed to asbestos during their tour of service.
  • A recent study showed that as many as 30-40% of Mesothelioma victims is U. S. Veterans.
  • Mesothelioma has affected veterans from all branches of service including those who worked in Navy shipyards.
  • The U.S. Military used thousands of asbestos-containing products in their ships between the 1920-late 1970’s.
  • Asbestos was used heavily in the shipbuilding and in military ships. Many veterans working in confined quarters have been exposed to asbestos
  • 14 in every 1,000 WW II shipyard workers died of an asbestos-related disease compared to 18 in every 1,000 combat related deaths.
  • Veterans who served between 1940 and 1970 have the greatest risk of developing Mesothelioma or an asbestos-related cancer.

The U. S. Armed Forces used asbestos-containing products in ships, aircraft, buildings, military bases, barracks, mess halls, and other military facilities. The Department of Veterans Affairs states that there are over 25 million Americans that have previously served in the U.S. Military. Thousands of U. S. servicemen and women came into contact with asbestos fibers during their tour of service. Many Veterans diagnosed with Mesothelioma have complained that they were not given any warning, training or respiratory protective gear when handling, installing, loading, repairing, or removing asbestos-containing products.

We Do Not Sue the Military or the Government.

Asbestos related cancers among Veterans are not the fault of the military or even the government. It is the fault of the asbestos manufacturers and companies. Asbestos companies knew of the potential health issues related to asbestos exposure as far back as the 1920’s, but knowingly hid this information from the public, the medical community and even the U.S. Military and continued to profit off their deadly asbestos materials.

If you are a Veteran and are suffering from Mesothelioma cancer, you can seek justice from these greedy asbestos manufacturers. It’s not unpatriotic to fight back against the big asbestos companies that have exposed you deadly asbestos products.

Veterans injured from asbestos exposure during their service have the right to sue the asbestos companies that produced and sold the asbestos materials and products used by the U. S. Military


Recent Mesothelioma and Asbestos Veteran Related Verdict and Settlements

  • $1.25 Million Navy Veteran Mesothelioma Settlement: For a Navy carpenter that developed malignant Mesothelioma at age 76.
  • $2.7 Million Veteran Mesothelioma Settlement: For a Navy sheetmetal worker that developed malignant Mesothelioma at age 79.
  • $2.4 Million Navy Veteran Mesothelioma Verdict: For a Veteran telephone installer and repairman that developed Mesothelioma at age 61.
  • $1.1 Million Navy Veteran Mesothelioma Settlement: For a Navy mechanic and drywall installer that developed malignant Mesothelioma at age 71.
  • $4 Million Army Veteran Mesothelioma Verdict: For a U. S. Army Corps of Engineers veteran that developed Mesothelioma at age 76.
  • $6 Million Veteran Mesothelioma Verdict: For a Navy fireman and boiler tender that developed Mesothelioma at age 64.
  • $7.2 Million Air Force Veteran Mesothelioma Verdict: For a Navy electrical engineer and electronic technician that developed malignant Mesothelioma at age 67.
  • $2.4 Million Navy Veteran Mesothelioma Verdict: For a Veteran telephone installer and repairman that developed Mesothelioma at age 61.
  • $12.3 Million Navy Veteran Mesothelioma Verdict: For a Veteran cement worker that developed malignant Mesothelioma at age 57.
  • $32 Million Navy Veteran: For a veteran who worked in fire and boiler rooms of naval ships that he served on.
  • $75 Million Navy Supplier Trust Award: Against a Navy Supplier Sets Up $75 Million Trust for Veterans with Mesothelioma.

Need Help Choosing a Mesothelioma Lawyer?

We have been counseling Veterans and Mesothelioma patients for more than 12 years on the legal and medical sides of Mesothelioma and other asbestos related cancers. A Mesothelioma case can settle in the seven figure range. Be very careful in choosing a Mesothelioma lawyer to represent you and your family. Mesothelioma is highly specialized legal field and having an experienced Veterans Mesothelioma lawyer can make a huge difference in the amount of your settlement.

Mesothelioma cases can take 1-3 years in the busy U. S. Court system. Lawyers for Asbestos companies will try to stretch out the time to settle and some Mesothelioma patients will die during this time. At this point, it will become a Mesothelioma Wrongful Death case. Family members are allowed to seek financial compensation from negligence of asbestos manufacturers for their loss.


Mesothelioma

Malignant Mesothelioma is rare form of cancer that affects lining of the lungs, abdomen, heart, and major organs in the body. Mesothelioma is a disease in which malignant cancer cells are found in the sac lining the chest (pleura) or the abdomen (peritoneum). There are about 3,000 new malignant Mesothelioma cases diagnosed each year in the U. S. If you are experiencing any Mesothelioma symptoms you should contact a doctor immediately.

Veterans Diagnosed With Mesothelioma?

If you or a family member has been diagnosed with malignant Mesothelioma you are going to have a lot of questions about living with Mesothelioma and what legal options you have against asbestos manufacturers and asbestos companies for your asbestos exposure. Mesothelioma is a seriously deadly disease. According to the American Cancer Society with the average survival time for people with Mesothelioma is 4-18 months.

Call TOLL FREE 800.291.0963 right now to talk with a live Mesothelioma Counselor that can answer many of your questions and give you the peace of mind that you need.

Family Member Died From Mesothelioma?

If you have a family member that has died from Mesothelioma cancer you should immediately consult with an experienced Mesothelioma diagnosis lawyer about what compensation may be available to you from asbestos trust funds that total more than 30 billion dollars.

It is VERY IMPORTANT that you file your Mesothelioma claim within your states Statute of Limitations.

We have seen many families lose their right to file a lawsuit because their Statute of Limitations had expired while they were grieving. We know it is a tough time to grieve the loss of a loved one, but please do not let your Statute of Limitations expire for filing your Mesothelioma lawsuit. In most states the Statute of Limitations is 2-3 years. Some states have 6 year Statute of Limitations.

Mesothelioma Latency Period

Mesothelioma has a long latency period of 10-50 years. Many Veterans, Shipyard Workers, Construction Workers, Power Plant Workers, Mill Workers, Steel Workers, Railroad Workers, Pipefitters, Insulators, Electricians, Carpenters, Welders, Auto Mechanics, Veterans, Factory Workers, and laborers are living in the early stages of a variety of asbestos related diseases. Many Mesothelioma lawyers will not accept asbestosis, asbestos lung cancer, asbestosis, pleural plaques, pleural thickening, colon cancer and esophageal cancer cases.


There is More Than 30 Billion Dollars Set Aside for Mesothelioma and Asbestos Victims in Asbestos Bankruptcy Trusts


Need a Merchant Marine Mesothelioma Lawyer?

If you or a family member has been diagnosed with Mesothelioma or an asbestos related disease, we can help you start a Mesothelioma lawsuit against asbestos companies responsible for your injuries. Our experienced nationwide Mesothelioma lawyers will come to you.

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