Part Two in a Series About Asbestos and the Military – What You Need to Know
When the young men and women of our country enlist in the U.S. Military, whether they serve in a foreign land or somewhere here in America, they know their service to our nation may put them in danger. The last thing our servicemen and women expect is that their duty to our country would unknowingly expose them to a deadly carcinogen on a military base. Yet the toxic fiber called asbestos was used in practically every facet of military construction in every branch of the armed forces throughout most of the 1900s.
Asbestos fibers, when disturbed, can be ingested or breathed into the lungs. The fibers then settle in lung or abdominal tissue where they can eventually cause asbestosis, lung cancer or deadly mesothelioma cancer, for which there is no cure. The companies that provided asbestos products to the military knew that asbestos was harmful but produced the goods that contained the toxin anyway.
The lawyers at Baron & Budd never sue the United States military.We sue the manufacturers who put asbestos into products that were used in the construction of everything from troop barracks to weaponry and vehicles. Today we will look at how our veterans of the United States Army were exposed to asbestos on almost a daily basis.
All water-based heating and plumbing systems utilized by the Army were insulated with asbestos covering on boilers and pipes which stretched throughout every base, into every building. These barracks, shops, medical facilities and mess halls have been in constant use since World War II and, as the materials began to fray with wear, they released their deadly fibers into the air.
Ammunitionasbestos is still not banned in the United States.
In the 1990s the Army underwent a billion-dollar cleanup of 32 stateside Army installations. It is the troops who passed through these facilities in the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s and 1980s who are the veterans facing asbestos-related diseases today.
Serving your country shouldn’t mean exposing yourself to “friendly fire” in the form of asbestos products made by American manufacturers. You will not be asked to sue the government or the military. We pursue compensation from the asbestos manufacturers who knew of its danger and used asbestos in their products, anyway. Your loyal service to your country should not be given at the expense of your health from exposure to dangerous products.