Asbestos Exposure and Veterans Administration Benefits

Asbestos was widely used from the beginning of World War II through the Korean War by the US military. Anyone who worked in a shipyard and those aboard Navy vessels from from the early 1940s and the mid 1950s were often regularly exposed to asbestos. The damage of asbestos exposure became widely known to the general public in the 1970s.

Asbestos was widely used in the boiler room, the fire and engine rooms, sleeping quarters, the mess hall, the navigation room – the list goes on and on. Because people in the Navy lived in small quarters and the ventilation throughout the ships was poor it is pretty much a given that anyone aboard one of these vessels at that point in time was contaminated to asbestos fiber.

Asbestos was used due to its resistant to heat, fire, and chemicals and does not conduct electricity. Asbestos is harmles sif its lefe undisturbed. But if its breaks or disturbed, it way release fibre and inhaled. It can cause major damage physical over the course of time.

The event will be highlighting the fact that all homes renovated or built before the mid-80’s is highly likely to contain asbestos, and if left undisturbed, the material will generally pose no health risk to people around or working with it. There will also be guests who provide services in Asbestos Removal Toowoomba who will give presentations on the costs and details of removing asbestos from your home.

The particles can scar the abdomen and/or the lungs, at the end it may cause mesothelioma and asbestosis. These diaseses are incurable cause they are still rare. It takes 10-50 years for the latency symptoms to appear. Over 43,000 Americans died from asbestos related illnesses from 1979 to 2001 and it is reported that more than 30% of them were veterans.

Recently veterans across the United States who have been exposed to asbestos have begun to band together and rally collect at least some and sometimes all of their VA benefit. They try to prove that their illness resulted from being exposed to asbestos and that it happened while they were in the military.

Asbestos was widely used in the private sector as well until the late 1970s, so if the can’t definitely prove that their exposure to asbestos happened specifically when they were in the military then the US government mandates that the veteran recovers his or her damages from the asbestos companies. Then the victim must find the company that manufactured that product. It will be difficult to show proof of exposure it is important that veterans take advantage of the services offered by mesothelioma lawyers.



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