One of the reason why so many veterans are sick today is that asbestos was one of the most used materials in the construction field within 1930-1980 due to its great insulation and fire retardant properties. US Navy was one of the biggest users of products that contained asbestos like pumps, valves, gaskets, electrical components and even wiring systems. You could also find asbestos in the ceiling panels, floor tiles, welding gloves or within the walls. Asbestos is dangerous mostly because of its structure. Practically, it is composed of tiny fibers that migrate through the air and can be easily inhaled. Once they get in contact with the lungs, they remain there in a latent condition even for decades until serious diseases like asbestosis, mesothelioma and all types of cancers manifest their symptoms. This is why many veterans who worked for the US Navy in 1950-1980 are sick nowadays.
The consequences of asbestos exposure were not well-known until the 70s, when people started to experience all sorts of diseases and doctors have proven that they are caused by this toxic material. Now, these people have the right to receive compensation for their suffering and for this they have to be eligible. The eligibility consists of the following:
Once you have proven the above, you can consider yourself qualified for a VA compensation which consists of amounts of money up to 600,000$, with an average amount of 200,000$. These companies that are guilty of being ignorant to other people’s health are now bankrupt mostly because they started to set aside their profits as trust funds, which are amounts of money necessary to compensate the sick people.
Our website provides a rich database of ships that were built with asbestos-containing products and many thousands of people that worked within the US Navy. You can also find a lot of information that can help you in your decision-making process. However, you can only file a claim within one to three years from your diagnosis, depending on the state you live in, so we strongly encourage you to fill in the form as soon as possible because time is limited. Also, a simple call to 760-621-6147 can answer to all your questions.Find Your Ship