Exposed To Asbestos While Serving In The National Guard?
Members of the National Guard tend to have fewer asbestos exposure opportunities than is the case in other branches of the armed forces. This may be because National Guard members tend to travel in small army vehicles rather than in large ships or aircraft. However, the National Guard is certainly included in reports of members of the armed forces who develop mesothelioma after being exposed to asbestos on the job.
Recent events that have involved activation of large numbers of National Guard members have included:
- Cleanup following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001
- The Iraq and Afghanistan wars
- Responses to environmental and natural disasters in the U.S., such as wildfires, floods and toxic spills
- Hurricane Katrina aftermath
- Hurricane Sandy aftermath
Some National Guard occupations are more at risk of asbestos exposure than others. For example, those performing duties as brake mechanics are often in harm’s way. Sometimes asbestos exposure comes from facilities where National Guard units are trained and equipped for deployment. Sometimes it is the hazardous environments where troops perform their duties, such as the area around Ground Zero in New York City after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Asbestos exposure in National Guard veterans is a real problem. When a veteran develops mesothelioma, it is important to explore all options for recovering compensation to pay for medical treatments.
Contact Wallace & Graham, P.A. — Mesothelioma Lawyers
Based in North Carolina, we help clients nationwide bring injury claims after they have developed mesothelioma through exposure to asbestos during service in any branch of the armed forces. Call 888-698-9975 or contact us online for a free case evaluation. Our skilled and caring asbestos attorneys will explain your rights and fight for you.