People who used to work in dangerous environments have the right to sue the company that exposed them to respective dangers. This can be possible only if the workers were not aware of the risks, but for Gary Kase, an ex-worker at Vallejo shipyard during the 1970s, this was not applicable.
Gary found out in 2011 that he suffers from a very serious condition: asbestosis. His main job was to load boxes of Unibestos into the nuclear submarines, but also to help the people who were cutting the material to install it on pipes or to remove it. Although he sued other companies that were responsible with the production and distribution of Unibestos, the supplier claimed immunity because of the fact that it was a government contractor. For instance, Metalclad was one of them, but it claimed that the US Navy was aware of the fact that the purchased products contained some materials that posed serious health risks. However, the US Navy did buy them deliberately, so the producer is not to blame, decided the Court.
Because of these arguments, the Court decided that the claimant, Gary Kase, has no case against those responsible with his asbestosis. However, this is an isolated case and, usually, people who want to sue those in charge with their sicknesses have clear way to do so.
If you are a veteran and have worked in the US Navy, you might have been exposed to dangerous levels of asbestos. If you or a family member has contracted asbestosis, peritoneal or pleural mesothelioma, or any other asbestos-related disease after serving in the US Navy, you should seek the help of a professional lawyer, who can help you recover compensation for your injuries.
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