Hundreds of thousands of military personnel have been exposed to asbestos and many of these veterans are now showing symptoms of asbestos-related disease. Knowing how much time you have to bring an asbestos action is critically important.
According to recent studies, it is estimated that as many as 30 percent of all malignant mesothelioma victims are veterans. Asbestos was commonly used in the military and in other industries because the substance was resistant to heat and fire.
As recent as 1970, every naval ship contained high levels of asbestos. Navy veterans were exposed to asbestos from sources such as air vents, heating sources, insulation panels, sleeping compartments, engine and boiler rooms.
Some veterans have been denied the right to sue the government for injuries under governmental immunity, but there may be legal options available to them against private providers of military building material and other companies in the seller distribution chain.
Asbestos production was finally banned in the United States in 1989 and production of asbestos is now banned in most industrialized countries around the world.
Most lawyers do not practice asbestos law because the area of law is so specialized. Make sure the attorney you choose to review your case has more then five years in asbestos litigation experience.