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There are many threats and dangers that people who served in the military came up against. Whether they served on land, in the sea or in the skies, military veterans often experienced terrifying and hazardous situations during their time. But sadly, many of them were exposed to one hazard that may not be apparent until decades after their service was completed.
Many men and women in the armed forces came into contact with asbestos, especially those who served in the U.S. Navy. The toxic fiber was widely used in the materials used to build ships and enlisted officers were often unaware of the dangers that lurked in the boilers, pumps, pipes and valves on the vessels in which they worked.
Even after their time in the military, many veterans moved into construction, demolition, automotive, plumbing and other similar trades. Sadly, these too are areas where people were commonly exposed to asbestos. Because of this, many people who served in the military and went on to work in these various industries developed asbestos-related diseases.
One woman worked as a technician in the U.S. Force for a year before moving on to positions in the trucking, automotive and health care industries. She says that at each of these jobs, she was negligently exposed to asbestos.
In fact, the woman claims that there are 59 companies responsible for the exposure which caused her to develop mesothelioma. She filed a lawsuit naming each of the parties in efforts to pursue compensation for the devastating illness she is now battling.
Mesothelioma is a tragic illness. It takes years for symptoms to surface and then the disease moves very quickly. Victims of this aggressive disease may only have a matter of months to live after being diagnosed. Because of this it can be important for them to take action to make sure their loved ones are taken care of and are not burdened with the high medical costs associated with diagnosing and treating these types of illnesses.
Source: The Madison-St. Clair Record, “Missouri couple files mesothelioma case in St. Clair County,” Kelly Holleran, July 29, 2013
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