Today is Veterans Day. It is a time to pay tribute to the countless men and women who have servedand continue to servein our countrys military. As we pause to reflect on their bravery and dedication, its important to remember that not every danger they faced was on the battlefield.
Many of our veterans have been seriously harmed by exposure to asbestos during their service to the nation.
Asbestos is the cause of devastating diseases such as mesothelioma, a rare and deadly cancer. Prior to the 1970s, this natural mineral was considered safe and it was valued for its strength, versatility, and fire resistance. Manufacturers included it in thousands of industrial and consumer productseven though they were increasingly aware of its health risks.
Many asbestos-containing products were used by the U.S. military during most of the 20th century. Thats why any veteran who served during this period may have been unknowingly exposed to asbestos.
In the U.S Navy, asbestos was used in shipyards and in ships that were built before the mid-1970s. To learn more, take a look at this infographic: U.S. Navy Heroes at Risk.
Service members in other branches of the armed forces were also at risk of asbestos exposure. Asbestos was routinely used in planes, in machinery and vehicles, in military housing and administrative buildings.
Because symptoms of mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases can take up to 50 years to emerge after exposure, many veterans who retired from active duty years ago are only now being diagnosed.
Have you or a loved one been diagnosed with mesothelioma? If so, there may be legal action you can take against the manufacturers whose asbestos-containing products caused your cancer. Contact Sokolove Law today to learn more about filing a mesothelioma lawsuit.