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The Feres Doctrine and Mesothelioma

Many veterans serving throughout the Second World War, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War were exposed to asbestos on a regular basis. In pipes, gaskets, as insulation, and even in aircraft, asbestos was widely employed by the United States military for several decades of peak military involvement in world affairs. However, according to the Feres Doctrine, the United States government cannot be held directly responsible for the suffering of these veterans.

To discuss your legal options if you have developed mesothelioma from asbestos exposure, contact the mesothelioma lawyers of Williams Hart at 800-781-3955 today.

Legal Options for Veterans with Mesothelioma

The Feres Doctrine prevents veterans with mesothelioma from bringing a suit directly against the government. This legal principle holds that the government cannot be considered negligent if a soldier is injured or harmed in service. While this disallows veterans from directly suing the government or military for assistance, there are some options available. These include:

  • Pursuing a claim with the Department of Veteran Affairs
  • Filing against military construction contractors
  • Filing against military contractors involved in shipbuilding

Although the Feres Doctrine protects the government, it does not offer an umbrella of legal immunity to all contractors that work with the government. If a contractor built military barracks or ships, that third-party’s use of asbestos may hold them liable.

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The government may have legal protection from any injuries suffered while in service, but the contractors involved are often not extended this immunity. If you or a loved one has developed mesothelioma following military service, you may have legal options for seeking justice. For more information, contact the mesothelioma attorneys of Williams Hart by calling 800-781-3955.

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