How Many Victims of Mesothelioma Served In the Military?
There are several occupations in which individuals were at significant risk of asbestos exposure over the years. Unfortunately, many of those who were exposed and have been diagnosed with mesothelioma were members of the United States Military.
According to research, roughly 30% of all mesothelioma victims served in the military. These veterans worked in various capacities during their careers, but there are significant issues associated with the materials they often worked with.
Jobs In the Military with Increased Risk of Asbestos Exposure
For veterans who are unsure of whether or not they were exposed to asbestos, it’s important to recognize the various tasks associated with exposure. Here are a few of the different tasks that veterans may have caused the exposure to asbestos:
- Those who worked in confined areas with insulation present
- Those who were involved in the demolition of older construction
- Those who worked in shipyards and on various ships where asbestos was present
- Those who were tasked with mining
- Those who were tasked with pipefitting
- Those who installed roofs and flooring
- Those who repaired vehicles and performed maintenance—especially on brake pads
- Those who were responsible for building military equipment
While the use of asbestos in the military was stopped decades ago, there are countless individuals who were unaware of the risks at the time. Around now, the latency period may start to end, and individuals may begin to experience the effects of mesothelioma, making it imperative to understand what options you have.
At Shrader & Associates, we recognize the dangers that veterans face when they were exposed to asbestos in various occupations in the military. When you were put in harm’s way, you deserve the right to hold the responsible party accountable.
With our mesothelioma attorneys, you can better understand what rights you have and the most effective way to move forward with legal action. Trust us to protect your rights during a difficult time.