Throughout most of the twentieth century, asbestos was used in the nation’s shipyards and throughout many other military facilities. Veterans, as well as civilian employees, were consistently exposed to asbestos dust while serving their country. As a result, many of these individuals have paid, or are now paying, with their lives.
Exposure to asbestos can result in the development of a myriad of asbestos-related illnesses, including the aggressive asbestos cancer known as mesothelioma. Veterans have one of the highest rates of mesothelioma in the country. Many veterans believe that they have no legal recourse when it comes to collecting compensation for the losses they suffered due to their illness. While it is true that veterans cannot sue the U.S. government for asbestos exposure, they can indeed bring suit against the manufacturers of the asbestos products used aboard navy ships, at naval shipyards, or anywhere else they may have worked while serving in the military.
A mesothelioma attorney can assist veterans who have been diagnosed with asbestos-related diseases. Because mesothelioma cancer is often diagnosed in the later stages, victims can often find themselves in financial difficulty. There are usually large medical bills to be paid, income to replace, and families to provide for. This can be daunting to the ailing veteran and create unnecessary stress making it that much more difficult to deal with the disease.
All mesothelioma cases are different, but filing a lawsuit against the responsible party/parties can help ease this burden. Finding a lawyer who specializes in asbestos-related lawsuits is important to securing a positive outcome. The right attorney can assist the victim in determining whether or not he/she has a viable legal case. In many instances, these attorneys do not take any money "up front". Rather, they are paid when a successful outcome is achieved. This makes it possible for a victim of asbestos exposure to file a suit even in financially difficult situations. The result of a successful lawsuit is long-term peace of mind for the mesothelioma victim during the remainder of their life and the comfort of knowing that their family will be provided for after they are gone.
Because exposure to asbestos often occurs decades before mesothelioma develops and blame can be hard to place, it takes an experienced asbestos attorney to navigate the legal system to help veterans with mesothelioma. Many independent veterans' organizations can assist in locating an experienced attorney and can guide victims and their families towards a variety of other resources that will make their lives easier as they deal with the results of this disease.