Did you know that 1 out of every 3 people diagnosed with mesothelioma have some tie to the military or shipyards?
U.S. Navy veterans have the highest incidence of asbestos-related disease. These diseases particularly affected personnel who took part in renovations or asbestos removal, veterans who served on ships whose keels were laid before 1983, those who worked below deck prior to the 90s and other duties.
Asbestos was used in the military well into the 1970s, and because mesothelioma sometimes takes 20 or more years to appear, many veterans who served during the 60s and 70s are only now showing symptoms.
Several notable cases of mesothelioma and other asbestos-related disease have been traced back to military roots. U.S. Navy Admiral Elmo Zumwalt died from mesothelioma in 2000 at age 79.
See the diagram below to better understand which areas of naval ships had the most asbestos usage.
On average, there are 30 asbestos-related deaths a day in the United States. If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma that can be attributed to military asbestos exposure, call Sokolove Law today to learn more about pursuing a mesothelioma lawsuit.