A Continuing Threat: How The Deadly Legacy Of Asbestos Haunts Navy Veterans Today
HOW THE DEADLY LEGACY OF ASBESTOS
HAUNTS NAVY VETERANS TODAY
Legal deadlines limit the time you have
to bring an asbestos-related claim. The
tragic reality is that Mesothelioma (and
other asbestos-related illnesses) also
carry their own deadlines. For both of
these reasons, it is crucial to seek legal
advice from an attorney at Gori Julian
as soon as you receive a diagnosis.
In our white paper, we cover some background
about the dangers of asbestos and its history
with the U.S. Navy. We then explain:
WHO IS THE MOST AT RISK
WHAT ARE AVAILABLE LEGAL OPTIONS
WHY TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE IN
INSULATORS (laggers and sprayers)
PAINTERS INVOLVED IN
WHO IS MOST AT RISK?
Navy veterans are especially vulnerable because of
their high exposure through shipbuilding,
maintenance and repair work. Virtually every naval
vessel built before the mid-1980s was heavily laden
with asbestos. Some of the most hazardous Navy
A personal injury lawsuit
An administrative claim against a trust created for
the victims of asbestos exposure
A claim for veterans’ benefits
WHAT ARE AVAILABLE
After being diagnosed with Mesothelioma,
asbestosis or another serious asbestos-related
illness, you generally have three legal options:
We will address each of these remedies in the next slides.
A PERSONAL INJURY LAWSUIT
For a personal injury claim, you need to identify who was
responsible. Manufacturers who created asbestos-
containing materials sold these dangerous products to
the U.S. Navy without warning and may be liable.
Key Advantage in Navy Cases
When it comes to identifying products and
manufactures, Navy veterans have an advantage. The
U.S. government keeps details public records on Navy
vessels, shipyards, products, manufacturers and
Was a Navy vessel you worked on known to contain
asbestos? Review our list to find out.
Many manufacturers have gone bankrupt over the last few
decades. As a condition of bankruptcy, they were required to
fund trusts to compensate asbestos victims. Two processes exist
for seeking compensation from these trusts:
Expedited review: This is the fastest available relief, but only
some claims qualify and you only receive a fixed amount based
on the severity of your condition.
Individual review: In this process, the trust administrator
completes a case-by-case review. A settlement offer is based on
many factors, including your condition, your extent of exposure
and whether you have dependents.
A lawyer can help you decide which is better and ensure you
receive fair compensation.
Four different types of available benefits include:
Disability compensation: The monthly amount that you
receive depends on your circumstances and the extent of your
Health care services: Specialized medical care may be
available at top-tier VA centers across the country.
Aid and attendance: An additional monthly benefit may help
pay for day-to-day care when you are housebound or
Dependency and indemnity: A surviving spouse of veterans
who passed away due to an asbestos-related illness may also
be eligible for these benefits.
To get VA benefits in place, you need
to provide the proper paperwork. For
instance, supporting evidence must
prove asbestos exposure occurred
during the course of your or your
loved ones military duties. A lawyer
can help you navigate the intricacies
of this process.
Indentify responsible manufacturers and bring a
personal injury lawsuit, if warranted
Assist with filing administrative claims against
Apply for veterans’ benefits on your behalf
ONLY SO MUCH TIME EXISTS TO
PURSUE YOUR LEGAL REMEDIES.
The right attorney will:
Enlist an attorney who knows the nuances of VA benefits. This
will ensure you receive the maximum amount of monetary