Mesothelioma Risks in the Merchant Marine
Many brave Americans have served their country in its times of need through the Merchant Marine. This fleet is technically civilian-owned, but works under the command of the United States Navy when necessary. These mariners also spend many hours working on-board a ship that may have contained a large amount of asbestos. This exposure may have caused serious health concerns, including a lethal form of lung cancer known as mesothelioma.
Sailors in the Merchant Marine have unique legal status as being both assistants to the military and civilian mariners. For more information regarding your options if you have developed an asbestos-related condition after serving on-board a Merchant Marine vessel, please take the time to fill out the contact form at the top of this page.
Asbestos Exposure in the Merchant Marine
Like their counterparts in the Navy, sailors working in the Merchant Marine may have been exposed to a substantial amount of asbestos during their time on-board their vessels. These individuals lived in close quarters with sources of asbestos. As a result, these civilians that have repeatedly assisted the military in times of need may have developed serious medical conditions. The following may have exposed these mariners to asbestos:
- Ceiling tiles
If you have served your country in the Merchant Marine, there may be legal options available for you if you have subsequently developed an asbestos-related health complication. To learn more about your rights, contact us today by filling out the contact form at the top of this page.