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United States Veterans at Risk of Mesothelioma

It is no surprise that the United States has a great deal of respect for our veterans. These brave men and women have unselfishly risked their lives to ensure that the American way of life can live on. While we recognize their incredible commitment and sacrifice, we often fail to recognize the health risks that these veterans face.

The Navy, Air Force, Army, and the other military branches under which our veterans served often placed them in dangerous working conditions. Regular citizens face the risk of asbestos exposure in older buildings and various products; however, veterans were forced to face the risk of asbestos exposure aboard the vessels and vehicles that they came in close contact with on a daily basis.

Navy veterans, in particular, were put at serious risk of asbestos exposure as they worked aboard asbestos-filled vessels. Modern research now reveals that most of the ships used in the military efforts of the past contained hazardous levels of asbestos. Machinery repairmen and boiler room workers were often exposed to the highest level of asbestos aboard the vessels, causing many of them to develop serious health conditions, such as mesothelioma.

Mesothelioma, a devastating form of lung cancer, develops slowly over several decades. The symptoms of the disease do not appear until later in life, meaning that veterans who worked aboard these asbestos-filled ships are just now feeling the effects of the exposure. If you are a veteran who worked near or around products containing asbestos between 1940 and 1970, you should be examined by a doctor to ensure that you have not developed mesothelioma.

There is no doubt that asbestos-related diseases will continue to increase during the next several decades. Veterans who have been exposed to asbestos and have subsequently developed mesothelioma should speak to a mesothelioma lawyer immediately. A mesothelioma lawyer will be able to uncover the facts of your case and organize a lawsuit against those responsible for your exposure.

To schedule a consultation with a knowledgeable mesothelioma lawyer, contact the mesothelioma lawyers of Williams Hart today by calling 800-781-3955.

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