Did you know that our veterans are likely to have come into contact with asbestos during their time of service? Whether they served in the Army, Navy, or other branch of the United States Military, veterans risked exposure to deadly asbestos fibers in their vehicles, ships, and even their living quarters.
This past exposure puts our veterans at risk for serious, asbestos-related diseases in their lifetime. Asbestosis, mesothelioma, and lung cancer are all illnesses that veterans have suffered from after prolonged exposure to the substance. In fact, it has been reported that veterans make up thirty percent of mesothelioma deaths in the United States.
The latency period of mesothelioma can be anywhere from ten to seventy years after exposure. This means that many of our veterans have retired from their military duties when they are diagnosed with the rare cancer. Some are unaware that it was their exposure in the military that is responsible for their condition.
Many veterans are entitled to compensation from the manufacturers of asbestos products used in the U.S. Military. Consulting an experienced mesothelioma attorney is a good way to find out if they are eligible to file a lawsuit or claim to seek justice.
As Veterans Day approaches this week, we should keep in mind the asbestos exposure that many of our military personnel have endured, and the diseases they are at risk for today. Are you or a loved one a veteran who has been diagnosed with mesothelioma? Contact us to find out about your legal rights, today.