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Legal Options for Veterans with Mesothelioma

Asbestos has been used regularly in military construction for decades. Throughout most of the 20th century, the military used asbestos in base construction and shipbuilding projects. Although this material made these buildings and boats more fire-resistant, it also exposed thousands of service members to asbestos fibers. As these fibers collect in the lungs, they can lead to a deadly form of cancer known as mesothelioma.

If you would like more information regarding your legal options if you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, please fill out the contact form at the top of this page.

Mesothelioma and the Feres Doctrine

If not handled precisely and carefully, the federal government could have serious legal problems from injured veterans. Although the government may have been responsible for signing with contractors that used asbestos, the government itself cannot be sued by an injured soldier. When pursuing compensation, a veteran needs to remember the following facts about their options:

  • Under the Feres Doctrine, the military cannot be sued for an injury
  • A veteran may choose to work with the Department of Veteran Affairs to get help
  • A veteran may pursue litigation against a contractor

The Feres Doctrine essentially protects the federal government from any legal liability related to a soldier’s injury, even if the government was negligent in some manner.

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Many soldiers are living with asbestos-related complications they developed during their tours of duty. If you are one of these individuals, contact us by filling out the contact form at the top of this page.

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