Foreign Claimants

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In any discussion of foreign claimants and asbestos claims in the United States, it is important to distinguish between the following:

  • Foreign claims: If you were exposed to asbestos outside the United States — perhaps while serving in the military abroad — and developed mesothelioma, you may have a valid VA mesothelioma claim. If you were exposed while working overseas for an American employer, you may have a claim.
  • Foreign claimants: If you are not a U.S. citizen or resident, but you were exposed to asbestos in another country by way of a U.S. product, you may be eligible for compensation. Contact our North Carolina law firm for more information.

Asbestos Exposure on U.S.-Made Ships

International Representation in Asbestos Lawsuits

The Law Offices of Wallace & Graham has experience in representing foreign claimants who developed asbestos diseases from exposure on ships built in America. In particular, we handle asbestos lawsuits against the shipbuilders and product manufacturers relating to former U.S. Navy ships sold to other countries after they were retired.

Our trial lawyers have represented clients from the United Kingdom, Australia, The Philippines and other nations around the world. We work closely with clients to maximize compensation in civil litigation against U.S. shipyards, shipbuilding contractors and producers of asbestos-containing machinery and materials aboard these ships.

For a complete discussion of your rights as a foreign claimant and potential asbestos lawsuits against specific United States corporations, call our North Carolina law office at 888-698-9975.

You Have the Same Rights as a U.S. Citizen

Filing a lawsuit from abroad presents special challenges, but foreign claimants have the same standing as Americans to bring civil actions in U.S. state and federal courts. We advise on all theories of liability that may apply to maximize recovery of damages relating to mesothelioma, lung cancer or asbestosis.

Many of our foreign clients were exposed to high concentrations of asbestos from engine room work on these ships' boilers and turbines. Others had hands-on contact with pumps, valves, pipes and wiring manufactured with asbestos.

Most typically, the vessels involved were so-called "Liberty ships" or "Victory ships," churned out by U.S. shipbuilders for cargo transport to support wartime operations or for civilian commerce. After the ships were decommissioned, they were sold to merchant fleets in England and internationally. Thousands were produced on the same design, meaning that they commonly contained the same asbestos materials. As such, we can readily trace the corporations responsible in preparing your asbestos lawsuit.

Contact The Law Offices of Wallace & Graham to discuss your case with experienced mesothelioma attorney Bill Graham. We extend a free initial consultation.