North Carolinian military members may serve abroad, and American employers may have employees working in other countries. But, American-made products are found throughout the world. As such, asbestos exposure does not need to happen in the U.S. for an American citizen to pursue asbestos litigation. In addition, foreign claimants have standing — just like U.S. citizens — to bring civil lawsuits in U.S. courts.
Foreign claimants are individuals who are not U.S. citizens or residents, but who suffered asbestos exposure from U.S products. U.S. citizens or residents who were exposed to asbestos in another country file foreign claims. For example, they may have been exposed while serving in the military or working for an American employer. Foreign claimants, as well as those filing foreign claims, may be entitled to compensation for a U.S. asbestos claim.
The Law Offices of Wallace & Graham has experienced lawyers who have represented foreign claimants from all over the world, including the United Kingdom, Australia and the Philippines. Many of those claims regarded former U.S. Navy ships and were filed against U.S shipyards, shipbuilding contractors and producers of machinery aboard ships that contained asbestos. Foreign claimants often suffer fatal asbestos exposure from engine rooms, boilers, turbines, pumps valves, pipes and wiring.
Our attorneys are skilled in handling the unique challenges presented by filing lawsuits from abroad, and we can assist foreign claimants with their U.S. asbestos claims. The Law Offices of Wallace & Graham represents both American and foreign claimants who suffer from mesothelioma, asbestosis, asbestos-related lung cancer, as well as victims’ survivors who wish to bring wrongful death lawsuits for asbestos-related deaths. For more information on foreign claims and claimants, please visit our Foreign Claimants page.