Austin, TX (Vocus) May 29, 2010
The law firm of Hissey Kientz, LLP wishes to alert Veterans of the U.S. Navy and Merchant Marines that they may be at risk of developing mesothelioma or other forms of cancer if they were exposed to asbestos during their time in the military. According to some estimates, Veterans account for 30% of all mesothelioma victims in the United States, including many Naval Veterans and former Merchant Marines.
Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer caused by exclusively by exposure to asbestos, a naturally occurring mineral that was once commonly used for insulation and heat protection. Beginning in the 1930s, nearly all ships built by the U.S. Navy contained insulation or other machine parts containing asbestos.
Thousands of U.S.Navy Veterans and former Merchant Marines who served during World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and other conflicts were exposed to harmful levels of asbestos, placing them at risk of developing mesothelioma, lung cancer, asbestosis or other asbestos diseases. Shipyard workers who handled asbestos products are also at risk of developing one of these diseases.
The U.S. Navy stopped building ships with asbestos during the 1970s. Because of the long latency period of the disease, it may take up to 50 years before Veterans who were exposed to asbestos begin to develop the first symptoms of mesothelioma or other asbestos related cancers.
Many Veterans who were exposed to asbestos during their time in the military have filed lawsuits against the companies who manufactured asbestos products and the equipment that utilized these products onboard U.S. Navy and Merchant Marine ships. These Veterans’ lawsuits have alleged that they were not warned about the risks of asbestos exposure, even when the companies who manufactured these asbestos products were fully aware of the danger they posed.
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Hissey Kientz, LLP represents victims of mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases, as well as those who have suffered side effects of Yaz, Yasmin or Ocella birth control, Duragesic or fentanyl overdose deaths, acute phosphate nephropathy as a result of Fleet Phospho-soda bowel cleansing products, Digitek, Zicam, the Composix Kugel mesh patch, gadolinium MRI contrast dyes, Reglan, FELA railroad injury lawsuits, zinc denture creams, the Ortho Evra birth control patch and primary pulmonary hypertension (PPH) caused by Fen-Phen, as well as other defective drugs and devices. To learn more about the law firm and other drug cases, visit us online or call toll-free at (866) 275-4454.