Mesothelioma in Navy Shipbuilding Personnel
World War II necessitated an unprecedented expansion of the U.S. Naval Fleet. This coincided with an expanded use of asbestos in shipbuilding. Fire is the first enemy on any warship, and the “miracle material” was cheap and effective for fireproofing. It was also deadly — and the Navy brass knew so.
Hundreds of thousands of Navy personnel at shipyard duty stations were unknowingly exposed to high concentrations of asbestos, particularly in the era from the 1940s to the 1970s. All these decades later, many are dying of mesothelioma and other cancers or debilitated by asbestosis.
Wallace & Graham, P.A. in North Carolina stands up for the rights of shipyard and dry dock workers who never stood a chance against this slow, silent killer. We have represented hundreds of retired U.S. Navy veterans in lawsuits and VA claims. Our mesothelioma attorneys also represent Navy spouses and children exposed second-hand from dusty work clothes, local residents exposed from airborne asbestos and civilian shipbuilding contractors who worked at naval bases.
Contact us today to learn your rights regarding medical coverage and potential claims for compensation. We offer a free consultation and take cases nationwide, including anyone who once served at the Brooklyn Naval Shipyard, Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Norfolk Naval Shipyard or Kaiser Shipyards.
Shipyard Asbestos Exposure
At one time, the Navy/Department of Defense mandated the use of 300 different shipbuilding materials that contained asbestos. This exposed many categories of Navy personnel to the toxic substance:
- Welders, iron workers, steel riggers and cable
- Carpenters and electricians
- Pipefitters, insulators and plumbers
- Those who worked on boilers and turbines
- Those who serviced pumps, valves, pipes and gaskets
- Women working at shipbuilding jobs during wartime
Wallace & Graham, P.A. has successfully sued asbestos product manufacturers and defense contractors across the United States, and we have proven Navy duty exposure to secure Veterans Administration service-rated disability benefits.
If you or your family member served in the shipyards and now has symptoms of mesothelioma, call our experienced trial lawyers at 888-698-9975 for a free case evaluation. We do all the work of tracing your duty history and matching it to known asbestos hazards, and vigorously pursue all avenues of compensation.