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Mesothelioma Risks in the Coast Guard

Throughout the most of the 20th century, asbestos was used to reduce the possibility of a fire onboard a ship. However, as asbestos breaks down, it releases small fibers into the air. Thus, anyone who served aboard a vessel may have been exposed to carcinogenic asbestos fibers. When people inhale these fibers into their lungs, the collected fibers can later contribute to a type of lung cancer known as mesothelioma.

Many members of the Coast Guard were under significant risk of asbestos exposure during their service. This may have lead to mesothelioma. If you have questions regarding your rights and options as a suffering veteran, we may be able to help. Please fill out the contact form at the top of this page to find out more about your legal options.

Possible Sources of Asbestos

Shipbuilding throughout much of the past century used asbestos to reduce heat levels and decrease fire risks. This means that this substance was commonly used throughout any given vessel. Onboard, a Coast Guard service member could have been exposed to asbestos through the following:

  • Boilers
  • Piping
  • Ropes
  • Tiling
  • Insulation

While risking their lives to protect America’s maritime interests, the sailors in the Coast Guard may have developed mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is an extremely difficult form of cancer to detect and diagnose early. Unfortunately, treatment is also relatively ineffective.

Contact Us

If you have developed mesothelioma because of service on a Coast Guard vessel, there may be legal options available. According to the law, you may be able to work with the Department of Veterans Affairs or take legal action against a ship’s manufacturer for compensation. To learn more, please fill out the contact form at the top of this page.

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