The men and women of the military who protected us now battle for their lives.
The brave men and women who served in the United States armed forces deserve to be honored and recognized for what they have done for our country. But for many of them, war still exists as they battle for their lives against mesothelioma.
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Mesothelioma and Military Veterans
Nearly one-third of newly diagnosed mesothelioma cases occur in former members of the armed forces. Malignant mesothelioma, an extremely aggressive cancer caused by asbestos exposure, produces the formation of cancer cells in the sac that lines the chest, abdominal cavity, or heart.
Asbestos, the only known cause of mesothelioma, possesses insulating and fire-retardant properties. Many asbestos-containing products were used in the U.S. military and on navy ships. Due to this use, veterans who worked in close contact with these materials are at high risk of developing mesothelioma. Because this asbestos-related cancer has a long latency period, veterans’ symptoms may first appear decades after serving their country. Victims of the disease are often given only 18 months to live.
Asbestos Manufacturers Failed to Warn
This could have all been avoided if corporations properly warned the U.S. Armed Forces of the dangers of asbestos. Instead, thousands of veterans have died from asbestos-related diseases while thousands more are still at risk of contracting mesothelioma. They were unknowingly exposed to dangerous asbestos. So, the fight continues for our veterans diagnosed with mesothelioma. Manufacturers, distributors, and others need to be held accountable for their disregard for the health of the people who served and protected the United States.
How Can Waters Kraus & Paul Help?
Waters Kraus & Paul has been representing veterans affected by asbestos exposure for over 20 years. The asbestos attorneys of this mid-sized plaintiffs’ firm aggressively fight to hold negligent corporations responsible for their dangerous products. Email or call 800.226.9880 to discuss your potential mesothelioma lawsuit with the experienced asbestos attorneys of Waters Kraus & Paul.