Mesothelioma diagnoses have been reported in veterans from all branches of the armed forces, including members of the:
Military veterans have made up a large proportion of mesothelioma cases. The reasons for this may have as much to do with timing as with common work environments where they have performed their duties.
The use of asbestos in both military life and private business was ramping up and reached its peak during the middle of the 20th century, from about 1930 to 1970. Although health experts and researchers began sounding alarms about the hazards of asbestos exposure in the 1930s, it was not until the 1970s and the 1980s that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) began issuing bans about the use of asbestos products in various contexts.
Meanwhile, the 20th century was a time of heavy military activity in the United States, including world wars, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and the Gulf War. National Guardsmen and Army Reserve members were involved in natural disasters and other emergencies both stateside and abroad. Asbestos exposure has been a risk in many different occupations of the U.S. Navy and other armed force branches. Mesothelioma, the rare and deadly cancer that is caused by asbestos exposure, often takes years or decades to develop. Every year, new cases are diagnosed that had their roots in military service during the 1900s.
Wallace & Graham, P.A. welcomes the opportunity to help veterans with mesothelioma pursue injury claims through all possible routes. We help veterans obtain Veterans Administration (VA) benefits while also exploring the possibility of third-party liability claims and claims against civilian employers where veterans worked after leaving the military.
Our North Carolina lawyers represent military veterans and other mesothelioma patients throughout the United States. Contact us to schedule a free initial consultation to learn how our attorneys can help you after you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma.