Asbestos Lawyer in Indiana

History & Background

During World War II, approximately 4,500,000 men and women worked in shipyard occupations that could have potentially exposed them to asbestos. In 1943, about one in 500 shipyard workers was employed as an asbestos insulator. Other shipyard jobs that placed employees in direct contact with asbestos included: shipfitters, machinists, pipefitters, electricians, boilermakers and painters.

How Were Shipyard Workers Exposed?

Until the 1970s, the U.S. Navy authorized the use of more than 300 asbestos-containing products during ship construction. It was perfect for any part located near high temperatures, and any area where there was potential for corrosion. Asbestos was used throughout boiler rooms, engine rooms and sleeping quarters. It was used as insulation and pipe covering, with gaskets and valves and as adhesives. It was mixed with paint that covered the ships. It was hard to find a place on a ship where asbestos wasn't used. And that meant most everyone in the shipbuilding industry was being put at risk.

Those working in the construction of ships, or doing regular maintenance, repairs, overhauls and decommissions also were at risk from asbestos exposure. Depending upon the shipyard, workers performed their tasks on battleships, aircraft carriers, submarines, cruisers, destroyers and auxiliary vessels.

Anytime those microscopic asbestos fibers are disturbed and become airborne, they become more dangerous. Workers unknowingly inhale the fibers, and they become trapped in the lining surrounding the lungs. Those who worked in shipyards between World War II and the Vietnam War - at the height of the asbestos era - likely were exposed. It can take anywhere from 10-50 years after exposure before symptoms of mesothelioma cancer or asbestosis will appear.

A number of shipyards across the United States have shown to have extensive histories of asbestos exposure. Some include:

  • Boston Naval Shipyard
  • Hunters Point Naval Shipyard
  • Brooklyn Navy Yard
  • Long Beach Naval Shipyard
  • California Naval Shipyard
  • Newport Naval Yard
  • Charleston Naval Shipyard
  • San Diego Naval Shipyard
  • Fore River Shipyard
  • San Francisco Dry Dock
  • General Dynamics
  • Washington Navy Yard
  • Norfolk Naval Shipyard

Shipyard Workers & Asbestos Diseases

Even those that have not worked in a shipyard in over 60 years may be only now developing mesothelioma. If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or lung cancer and believe it may be related to your work in a shipyard, please speak with an attorney from the firm so that we can help you pursue compensation. Our firm has helped many families that have suffered the terrible consequences of a family member having been exposed to this dangerous and deadly substance. The catastrophic results of exposure to this substance make pursuing compensation a real necessity.

Due to the fact that many mesothelioma cases are a result of exposure that occurred many years ago, it is important that you hire an attorney who understands how to process a claim and gain access to the funds available for victims of exposure. The wide use of asbestos on ships has made shipyard workers likely to develop mesothelioma.

If you ever worked in a shipyard as a shipwright, pipe handler, boiler worker, carpenter, engine room mechanic, welder, or in any other capacity, contact us today so that your case can be reviewed.

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