Asbestos Exposure in Shipbuilding and Steel Processing
On a ship or in a mill, fire is the enemy. For decades, U.S. shipyards and steel mills used asbestos-containing products and machinery to safeguard against this danger. Unfortunately, the health of workers was compromised by the very same material. And many owners and manufacturers were well aware that asbestos made workers sick.
Wallace & Graham, P.A. is a North-Carolina based litigation firm representing victims of mesothelioma and other asbestos diseases. We have represented hundreds of shipyard workers, steel mill workers and construction workers who were employed at these facilities from the 1940s to the 1970s.
We Associate With Local Counsel Across the Nation
If you suspect your family member’s illness is asbestos-related, call our experienced attorneys at 888-698-9975 for a free consultation. We connect clients with top doctors and aggressive medical treatment, and vigorously pursue monetary damages for the devastating impact on victims and families.
Shipyards and Steel Mills – Asbestos Hazards Everywhere
Many categories of employees were exposed to dangerous levels of asbestos — iron workers and welders, scaffold builders, pipefitters and plumbers, mechanics, electricians and carpenters. Virtually anyone at the site was prone to inhaling the airborne fibers, and even family members have become ill from the asbestos-laden dust and grime that employees brought home on their clothes.
Welders were doubly at risk because of the asbestos blankets they wore to shield against sparks — many slept on their blankets during breaks. Anyone who serviced piping, boilers, pumps and valves likely had an elevated asbestos exposure from the high concentrations in insulation and packing.
Our lawyers have represented clients who worked at the Brooklyn Naval Shipyards, Norfolk Naval Shipyards, Kaiser Shipyards, Mare Island and shipbuilding sites across the U.S. If we are not licensed within the state that you reside, we can associate with local counsel to provide the knowledge and experience necessary to guide your asbestos-related claim.
Navy sailors and merchant seamen aboard these vessels were exposed after the fact — aside from the boilers, pipes and valves, surfaces below deck were commonly sprayed with asbestos fireproofing. Maintenance activity or the ships’ guns shook the asbestos loose. See our Navy-related mesothelioma site.
Aggressive Pursuit of Compensation
Wallace & Graham, P.A. is adept at reconstructing a detailed work history for our clients. Many criss-crossed the country, wherever there was shipbuilding or steel work. We work to pinpoint what jobs they performed at each site and bring claims against the employers or manufacturers responsible for the greatest (or most recent) exposure.
Our priority is getting prompt diagnosis to begin treatment that may extend life or ease symptoms. We take on the full burden of filing lawsuits to cover medical expenses and seek to obtain damages for pain and suffering, lost income or wrongful death.
Contact us today for a free case evaluation if your loved one was a shipbuilder or steelworker and has symptoms of asbestos exposure.