People generally understand the dangers that members of the military face during their service. They are recognized for their bravery, courage and strength. However, the unfortunate truth is that too often, one of the risks of serving in the military is dismissed because it may not be well understood by many people. Huge numbers of military veterans have been exposed to dangerous levels of asbestos during their service to the country, and many of them will develop a fatal asbestos-related illness at some point.
Exposure to asbestos is a serious issue concerning workers around the world. While a select few may be exposed to the substance and the harmful ingredients that it contains only for a short time, most workers who suffer from mesothelioma and asbestosis come in contact with it for long hours on hundreds of different job sites over several years.
For many years, asbestos was commonly used in various locomotive parts because of its heat-resistant properties. Certain parts on trains, such as the brakes, generate so much heat during operation that asbestos was used through the 1980s to protect other parts. However, when asbestos-containing parts on these trains begin to wear down and deteriorate, the asbestos can be released into the air and is then breathed in by any of the workers nearby.
We have explored the dangers associated with exposure to asbestos in detail. The risks of exposure have led to a ban on the substance in most materials, but the threat of contact with the fiber still exists. Primarily, asbestos exists in manufacturing and construction materials that were made prior to the 1980s. When buildings are renovated or torn down, the chance that asbestos will be released into the air can be quite high.
The process of litigation can be quite emotional. When a person is also suffering from a fatal disease, it can be even more so. A man who has been involved in a dramatic lawsuit against his former employer has certainly had his ups and downs. The victim was initially awarded $322 million in damages after he developed asbestosis on the job. However, the ruling was dismissed after the original judge was removed from the case.
Outwardly, it appeared the death of an 80-year-old shipyard worker was due to pneumonia. In reality, the man's death was brought about by his exposure to asbestos.