A number of veterans in the nation have been diagnosed with mesothelioma and other asbestos related diseases. Sadly, for many who dedicated years of their lives to military service, exposure to the toxic mineral was inevitable due to the widespread use of asbestos in each of the U.S. military’s four branches: the Army, Air Force, Navy and Marines. The veteran population has been more prominently affected by mesothelioma than other groups in the country due to a higher rate of asbestos exposure in various military functions.
Veterans who served in the military prior to regulatory actions taken in the 1980s that restricted the use of asbestos may have endured long-term exposure while carrying out a number of duties related to their job functions, including; shipbuilding, welding and various other trades. Exposure was not limited to trade workers. Military base personnel and the family members of servicemen and women have been exposed to asbestos as well.
For veterans diagnosed with mesothelioma, the road is often difficult to find the support necessary to ensure that they are able to receive needed medical care and provide for their basic living needs while dealing with the disease.
If you are a veteran who has been diagnosed with mesothelioma or another asbestos related disease due to exposure during your military service, you may have grounds for a legal claim. The Chicago mesothelioma lawyers of Cooney and Conway can provide you with a free consultation to discuss your case.
Below is a list of questions that are important to ask if you or a loved one believe that you have been exposed to asbestos in the military and are concerned about asbestos-related illnesses: