Millions of Americans served their country bravely during World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. They accepted the risks of combat for the sake of a greater goal. Tragically, many of them were exposed to additional risks without any warning. Decades after retiring from the service, many veterans are only now learning the full extent of their wartime injuries.
Mesothelioma attorneys Williams Kherkher believe all veterans who have been exposed to asbestos deserve compensation for their injuries. We will work hard to build your legal case and defend your rights. To learn about the services we offer, call our offices at 800-781-3955.
Asbestos, Cement, and the Armed Forces
Nearly a century ago, industrial workers discovered that adding asbestos to cement gave it many new and useful qualities. Cement made with asbestos was stronger, lighter, and easier to mold. It seemed perfect for constructing shingles, wall panels, and sturdy buildings.
During World War II the armed forces began to take advantage of this discovery. Asbestos cement was used to build warships and military buildings. The soldiers who constructed and used these structures were never warned about the risks of the building materials. They simply believed that modern technology had provided a durable and safe construction material.
Sadly, their lack of information was not necessarily shared by the government. Reports of asbestos and health risks were available by the 1950’s. Despite this, asbestos cement remained in common military use through the 1970’s. Even today, there are still some buildings and ships in use that may contain cement made with asbestos.
Many people exposed to asbestos between 1940 and 1980 are only now beginning to show the effects. This dangerous substance can cause many grave illnesses, including mesothelioma and asbestosis. Its victims deserve fair compensation.
To speak with a knowledgeable asbestos attorney about your case, contact Williams Kherkher at 800-781-3955.