Naval Ships in the Asbestos Era

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The Law Offices of Wallace & Graham has broad knowledge of the U.S. Naval Fleet as it pertains to asbestos litigation. The ability to quickly trace where exposure occurred and identify the corporate entities that might be liable is critical to recovering full and timely compensation.

Based in Salisbury, North Carolina, we represent Navy retirees throughout the United States in disability claims to get medical coverage for aggressive treatment of mesothelioma or asbestos disease. Our lawyers also represent family members in wrongful death lawsuits on behalf of Navy veterans to recover compensatory damages and hold those companies accountable for their indifference to safety.

Contact us today to discuss your case in a free initial consultation.

The Asbestos Era — What Ships or Shipyards Put You at Risk?

From the 1940s to the 1970s, asbestos was widely and heavily used in shipbuilding. Many of our past and current clients served in the Navy at the following duty stations:

  • Brooklyn Navy Yard (New York Naval Shipyard) — Known for battleships and other warships
  • Norfolk Naval Shipyard (Portsmouth, Virginia) — The Navy's chief overhaul and repair facility
  • Mare Island Naval Shipyard (Solano County, California) — The fleet's primary submarine factory
  • The Kaiser Shipyards (California, Oregon and Washington) — Known for escort aircraft carriers and Liberty and Victory (cargo) ships

Many of the ships toward the latter end of the asbestos era are still in service, but the majority have long since been decommissioned and sold or scrapped.

Nonetheless, substantive records exist of where those ships were built, which contractors contributed to their construction, and which asbestos-containing products were used in the process.

Every member of the Navy has a Form DD-214 listing a wealth of information about the individual: enlistment, duty stations, ports of call, rank, pay and assignments aboard ship. Our attorneys use this information to pinpoint the boilers and turbines or the asbestos-lined pumps, valves, pipes and gaskets with which our clients had significant contact.

We have represented seamen of every type of Navy craft, including World War II veterans, Korean War vets, Vietnam vets and those exposed during peacetime/Cold War deployment:

  • Aircraft carriers and carrier group support ships
  • Battleships, destroyers and cruisers
  • All classes of submarines
  • Tender ships and supply ships
  • Merchant Navy ships (Victory and Liberty)
  • Civilian cargo vessels (Merchant Marines) enlisted into Navy service during wartime, thus qualifying crew for veteran status

Help Us Help You

The thousands of boats in service during the asbestos era are too lengthy to list here. If your loved one has a potential mesothelioma or asbestos disease claim, we provide these links as a starting resource.

Any information you can dig up that might be relevant — contact information for former shipmates; photos, postcards or letters describing where the sailor was and what they did aboard ship — will help speed approval for VA benefits or strengthen the case for a civil lawsuit.

Call The Law Offices of Wallace & Graham at 888-698-9975 or contact us online for a free consultation.