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Access to Justice – Mesothelioma (3)

Founder and Chairman Jim Sokolove outlines why veterans are at increased risk for asbestos-related diseases like mesothelioma.
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Financial Planning for Mesothelioma

No matter what your current financial situation is, there are steps you can take now to prepare for the difficult road ahead. You may want to consider retaining the services of an experienced attorney who works with people who have mesothelioma. A legal professional or a financial advisor can assist you by helping to identify resources you may not have considered.
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Navy Shipyards Asbestos products were used in the construction and maintenance of American ships from the early 1940s through the late 1970s. Navy sailors and workers employed in the shipbuilding trade, as well as those who converted, repaired, or overhauled ship operations, often came in contact with asbestos on the job. Some applications of asbestos in ships include: • joiner bulkhead systems, • insulation of steam and hot water pipes, boilers, and tanks, • ceiling tiles, • fire-resistant sheets in bulkheads, • insulation cement in lagging for machinery casings, and • lagging cloth. In the 1970s, the US government ordered the elimination of most uses of asbestos on ships. But while current shipbuilding activities generally do not expose workers to asbestos, exposure can still occur. Workers may come into contact with materials that contain asbestos during maintenance and repair activities on ships built prior to 1978, according to the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Navy veterans who were exposed to asbestos during their service are entitled to sue the companies that produced and sold the asbestos used on naval ships. Since military records may be available to validate your mesothelioma claim, obtaining compensation may be less cumbersome than someone who is filing a claim against a private employer. A qualified mesothelioma attorney can help you hold the asbestos manufacturers

Ways for Mesothelioma Patients to Get Organized

Struggling with mesothelioma or another serious illness is an uphill battle, and not being able to find a vital document when you need it is the last thing you want to deal with. One way to prevent this from happening is to organize all of your important paperwork and personal information. Your organizational “system” should allow you and your caregivers to more easily navigate records related to your medical, financial, and legal needs.

Choosing a Mesothelioma Lawyer

Tips for finding and interviewing a mesothelioma lawyer to handle your potential claim.


Cruisers Between 1930 and the early 1970s—before the dangers of asbestos came to light—asbestos was widely used in the construction of naval vessels. With its valuable fire-proofing and insulating properties, this lethal mineral was a component in boilers, engine room steam pipes, electrical fixtures, and bulkhead systems. Insulation throughout ships also contained asbestos as did ceiling tiles and fire-resistant cloths, blankets and clothing. The lack of ventilation aboard close-quartered submarines made the setting even more perilous for its inhabitants. Cruisers and Asbestos Exposure A cruiser is a large and swift combat warship with multiple target response capabilities. Early cruisers served as the US Navy’s long-range force projection weapon and were used for independent warfare at sea. Cruisers were often attached to the battle fleet and employed to raid enemy merchant ships as well as carry out reconnaissance missions. When naval battleships were slowly phased out in the later 1900s, the cruiser emerged as the largest and most powerful of the surface combatants. Were You Exposed to Asbestos While Serving on a Navy Cruiser? Navy sailors, crew and shipyard workers who served during World War II were almost certainly exposed to asbestos for prolonged periods of time. Sadly, these brave seamen never even knew the health risks they were facing each day. If you believe your mesothelioma is a direct result of your service on a naval cruiser, you may
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How Are People Exposed to Asbestos?

How Are People Exposed to Asbestos? People who work with asbestos-containing materials on a regular basis account for the highest levels of asbestos exposure. Certain jobs and work environments, like mining, factory work, ship building, and construction work, are more likely to result in asbestos exposure than others. Studies have even shown that the family members of asbestos workers have suffered asbestos exposure from fibers brought home on the workers’ clothing. In fact, second hand asbestos exposure is increasingly being recognized as a direct cause of mesothelioma, lung cancer and other types of serious asbestos-related illnesses. Asbestos exposure can also occur in the home from building materials wearing down and releasing fibers into the air. It can occur among people who live near an asbestos mine. Drinking water may even contain asbestos fibers. This happens when: -Fibers erode from natural deposits or piles of waste asbestos and enter the water -Fibers enter water from asbestos-containing cement pipes used to carry drinking water -Water is filtered through asbestos-containing filters. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires water suppliers to test water samples regularly. Suppliers must notify the public via newspapers, radio, TV, and other means if levels are higher than allowed. The biggest risk factor for developing the deadly cancer mesothelioma is asbestos exposure. The risk is directly related to how much exposure a person had