Statistics indicate that members of the military are among the most-often affected by asbestos exposure and diagnosed in mesothelioma cases. Veterans have an exceptionally high rate of disease and some experts suggest that 30% of all mesothelioma cases are diagnosed in veteran cases. Historically, many of these veterans were exposed during the 40s, 50s, 60s, and 70s; however; veterans who have served abroad in more recent decades may also have suffered from asbestos exposure.
The U.S. Navy has some of the highest rates of asbestos exposure and development of mesothelioma. Tragically, for these veterans and their loved ones, mesothelioma survival rates are grim. Our maritime mesothelioma attorneys are dedicated to protecting the rights of mesothelioma patients and their families.
Asbestos was commonly used in ship production and an insulation solution until its dangers were revealed decades later. Veterans may have been exposed to asbestos in boiler or engine rooms, in the material wrapping pipes, or lining breaks. U.S. Navy veterans may also have been exposed through the walls, floors, and ceilings of the ship. Any number of jobs could have exposed a veteran or civilian to asbestos on a ship, including insulation, electrical work, plumbing, or welding.
U.S. Navy workers who were responsible for repairing ships were even more exposed to hazards, as broken particles can be released into the air and inhaled. Overtime, this can cause scarring and tissue damage and lead to the growth of tumorous cells. Most veterans who worked during World War II were exposed to asbestos. It is not unlikely that contemporary soldiers are also exposed to similar risks, either when working in the U.S. or abroad. In many cases of asbestos exposure, the disease can be dormant for decades, usually detected only after it is too late to treat.
While some victims of asbestos exposure may benefit from developments in treatment, mesothelioma is one of the most aggressive forms of cancer and victims usually face a grave prognosis. If you or someone you love has been exposed to asbestos, either through an occupational hazard, home, apartment or other environment, it is important to see medical treatment as soon as possible. An experienced advocate can also help you explore your rights to recover compensation. In addition to workers’ compensation claims, victims can bring third-party claims against all negligent individuals and entities. Eligible veterans may seek care from the US Department of Veterans’ Affairs.
Though veterans and other victims may not be able to access a cure, there have been recent developments in surgical techniques and some chemotherapy or radiation may be able to target affected areas. Mesothelioma may not be detected for decades after exposure. This is why the average age of a victim is 72. In addition to veterans, other high risk workers may include shipyard or oil refinery workers, those who worked in construction, manufacturing, or in mechanics.
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More Blog Entries:
Low Levels of Asbestos Exposure Can Cause Mesothelioma, Jan. 2, 2014, Boston Mesothelioma Lawyer Blog
Military Veterans at High Risk for Mesothelioma, Dec. 8, 2012, Boston Mesothelioma Lawyer Blog