Navy Veterans and Asbestos Exposure

It has been reported that more than 30 percent of Americans now dealing with mesothelioma were first exposed to asbestos while serving in the military. While veterans from all branches of the military have battled this disease, Navy veterans account for an unusually high number of mesothelioma victims.

This is because, until as recently as the mid-1970s, nearly every ship and shipyard built by the United States Navy was constructed with asbestos materials.

If you are a Navy veteran battling mesothelioma, please contact us today for a free case consultation.

Common Navy Products Containing Asbestos

Mandated into use by all branches of the military, asbestos was especially popular with the Navy for its heat-resistance capabilities, since seagoing vessels and submarines contained engines and boiler rooms and other below-deck areas that generated great amounts of heat.

While asbestos was used in great quantities in these dangerous below-deck areas, it was also used in everything from mess halls to sleeping quarters. More than 300 products that contained asbestos were used by the Navy between 1940 and the 1970s, including:

  • Adhesives
  • Boilers
  • Cables
  • Deck coverings
  • Grinders
  • Pipe coverings
  • Tubes
  • Valves

Our clients have served on all classes of naval ships, including the following:

Admiral R. E. Coontz (AP-122)
Agerholm (DD-826)
Aggressive (MSO-422)
Ajax (AR-6)
Alabama (BB-60)
Alamo (LSD-33)
Alaska (CB-1)
Albany (CA-123)
Alcyone (AKA-7)
Alderamin (AK-116)
Algol (AKA-54)
Allagash (AO-97)
Alpine (APA-92)
Alshain (AKA-55)
Altair (AK-257)
America (CV-66)
Ammen (DD-527)
Antares (AKS-33)
Antietam (CV/CVA/CVS-36)
Arcadia (AD-23)
Arkansas (BB-33)
Arneb (AKA-56)
Arnold J. Isbell (DD-869)
Ashtabula (AO-51)
Assurance (MSO-521)
Aucilla (AO-56)
Ault (DD-698)
Austin (LPD-4)
Avenger (MCM-1)
Bainbridge (CGN-25)
Ballard (DD-267)
Baltimore (CA-68)
Banner (APA-60)
Barry (DD-933)
Batfish (SSN-681)
Bausell (DD-845)
Bayfield (APA-33)
Benevolence (AH-13)
Benner (DD-807)
Bennington (CV-20)
Betelgeuse (AKA-11)
Birmingham (CL-62)
Black (DD-666)
Black Hawk (AD-9)
Blue (DD-744)
Blue Ridge (LCC-19)
Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6)
Bonita (SSK-3)
Boston (CA-69)
Boston (CA-69)
Boxer (CV-21)
Boyd (DD-544)
Bradford (DD-545)
Breckenridge (AP-176)
Breese (DD-122)
Bremerton (CA-130)
Brinkley Bass (DD-887)
Brownson (DD-518)
Brush (DD-745)
Bryce Canyon (AD-36)
Bunker Hill (CV-17)
Bushnell (AS-15)
Butner (AP-113)
Cabildo (LSD-16)
Cabot (CVL-28)
Cadmus (AR-14)
Caliente (AO-53)
California (BB-44)
Canberra (CA-70)
Canisteo (AO-99)
Cape Johnson (AP-172)
Cascade (AD-16)
Catfish (SS-339)
Chara (AKA-58)
Charles F. Adams (DDG-2)
Charles R. Ware (DD-865)
Charles S. Sperry (DD-697)
Chevalier (DD-805)
Chikaskia (AO-54)
Chilton (APA-38)
Chivo (SS-341)
Clamagore (SS-343)
Clay (APA-39)
Clifton Sprague (FFG-16)
Cocopa (ATF-101)
Columbus (CA-74)
Compton (DD-705)
Comte de Grasse (DD-974)
Constellation (CV-64)
Coral Sea (CV-43)
Corry (DD-463)
Cree (ATF-84)
Croatan (CVE-25)
Cromwell (DE-1014)
Crosley (APD-87)
Current (ARS-22)
Currituck (AV-7)
Curtiss (AV-4)
Cushing (DD-797)
Daniel A. Joy (DE-585)
Dash (AM-428)
David C. Shanks (T-AP-180)
Davis (DD-937)
Dayton (CL-105)
De Haven (DD-727)
Dealey (DE-1006)
Decatur (DDG-31)
Des Moines (CA-134)
Desert Ship (LLS-1)
Diodon (SS-349)
Dixie (AD-14)
Donner (LSD-20)
Dubuque (LPD-8)
Duxbury Bay (AVP-38)
Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69)
Dyess (DD-880)
Eldorado (AGC-11)
England (DE-635)
Enterprise (CVN-65)
Essex (CVA-9)
Everett F. Larson (DD-830)
Everglades (AD-24)
Eversole (DD-789)
Fanning (FF-1076)
Fletcher (DD-445)
Forrest Royal (DD-872)
Forrest Sherman (DD-931)
Fort Snelling (LSD-30)
Fox (CG-33)
Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVB/CVA/CV-42)
Frontier (AD-25)
Fulton (AS-11)

Panay (AG-41)
Paricutin (AE-18)
Pastores (AF-16)
Pathfinder (AGS-1)
Patrick Henry (SSBN-599)
Paul (FF-1080)
Perkins (DD-877)
Philippine Sea (CV-47)
Picket (YAGR-7)
Picking (DD-685)
Pictor (AF-54)
Piedmont (AD-17)
Polk County (LST-1084)
Pollux (AKS-4)
Portland (CA-33)
Prairie (AD-15)
Prentiss (AKA-102)
Preston (DD-795)
Princeton (CV-37)
Procyon (AF-61)
Proton (AKS-28)Quick (DD-490)
Rabaul (CVE-121)
Radford (DD-446)
Rail (AMCU-37)
Raleigh (LPD-1)
Randolph (CV-15)
Ranger (CV/CVA-61)
Rehoboth (AVP-50)
Rigel (AF-58)
Roanoke (CL-145)
Robert Brazier (DE-345)
Robert H. McCard (DD-822)
Robert L. Wilson (DD-847)
Rochester (CA-124)
Rockbridge (APA-228)
Rowan (DD-782)
Ruddy (AM-380)
Saidor (CVE-117)
Saint Paul (CA-73)
Saipan (CVL-48)
Salerno Bay (CVE-110)
Salisbury Sound (AV-13)
Sampson (DDG-10)
Samuel B. Roberts (DD-823)
Samuel B. Roberts (DE-413)
San Diego (CL-53)
San Jacinto (CVL-30)
Sandoval (APA-194)
Saratoga (CV-60)
Sea Devil (SSN-664)
Seadragon (SS-194)
Selfridge (DD-357)
Severn (AO-61)
Shangri-La (CV-38)
Shasta (AE-6)
Shea (DM-30)
Shenandoah (AD-26)
Siboney (CVE-112)
Sierra (AD-18)
Simon Lake (AS-33)
Sirago (SS-485)
Skate (SSN-578)
Solomons (CVE-67)
St. Louis (CL-49)
Stein (FF-1065)
Steinaker (DD-863)
Stickell (DD-888)
Stormes (DD-780)
Straus (DE-408)
Strickland (DE-333)
Summitt County (LST-1146)
Sunbird (ASR-15)
Sutter County (LST-1150)
Taconic (AGC-17)
Tarawa (CV-40)
Tattnall (DDG-19)
Tennessee (BB-43)
Theodore E Chandler (DD-717)
Thuban (AKA-19)
Ticonderoga (CV/CVA-14)
Tidewater (AD-31)
Topeka (CL-67)
Tortuga (LSD-26)
Towers (DDG-9)
Trathen (DD-530)
Triton (SSRN-586)
Truckee (AO-147)
Turner Joy (DD-951)
Tuscaloosa (CA-37)
Tutuila (ARG-4)
Tweedy (DE-532)
Twining (DD-540)
Typhoon (PC-5)
Umpqua (ATA-209)
Valley Forge (CV-45)
Vanadis (AKA-49)
Virgo (AKA-20)
Vital (MSO-474)
Vulcan (AR-5)
Wahkiakum County (LST-1162)
Wake Island (CVE-65)
Walker (DD-517)
Wallace L. Lind (DD-703)
Warrington (DD-843)
Wasatch (AGC-9)
Washington (BB-56)
Washtenaw County (LST-1166)
Wasp (CV-18)
Waxwing (AM-389)
Wayne (APA-54)
Wedderburn (DD-684)
Weeden (DE-797)
Whetstone (LSD-27)
Whitfield County (LST-1169)
Will Rogers (SSBN-659)
William C. Lawe (DD-763)
Williamsburg (AGC-369)
Willis A. Lee (DL-4)
Willoughby (AGP-9)
Wiltsie (DD-716)
Winston (AKA-94)
Wisconsin (BB-64)
Witek (DD-848)
Worcester (CL-144)
Worden (CG-18)
Wrangell (AE-12)
Wright (AV-1)
Wyoming (BB-32)
Xanthus (AR-19)
Yellowstone (AD-27)
Yosemite (AD-19)

Mesothelioma Lawyers for Navy Veterans

Whether they operated mainly above deck or below deck, Navy men and women suffered from asbestos exposure every day. While asbestos has not been used heavily in military ships since the mid 1970s, many older ships constructed with asbestos continued to operate for decades.

Given the long latency period – about 10 to 40 years –  between asbestos exposure and the development of diseases like pleural mesothelioma, it stands to reason that mesothelioma will yet claim many more of the brave men and women’s lives who have given their service. While statistics show that Navy veterans and shipyard employees who worked between the 1930s and the 1970s have a greater chance of developing asbestos-related diseases, all veterans are at an increased risk for mesothelioma and asbestosis.

At Simmons Hanly Conroy, we have been working with Navy veterans diagnosed with mesothelioma for over a decade. The lawyers at Simmons Hanly Conroy are dedicated to working with Navy veterans who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma. Chairman John Simmons is a U.S. military veteran, and many of the mesothelioma lawyers on staff have also served in the armed forces. We are familiar with the laws specific to military veterans, and we use our experience to fight for their rights every day.

If you are a Navy veteran battling mesothelioma, please contact us today for a free case consultation.

Simmons Hanly Conroy Represents Navy Veterans Throughout the Country

Simmons Hanly Conroy has represented hundreds of Naval veterans throughout the country – officers and crew who endured years of unsafe work environments in contaminated shipyards and all classes of Naval ships, including: destroyers, destroyer escorts, LST’s, submarines, battleships, carriers, frigates, tenders, cruisers and assault craft. A number of our clients, for instance, were stationed on board the USS Kitty Hawk, a Pacific fleet carrier that served our county with distinction for nearly fifty years. Sailors on carriers such as the Kitty Hawk,especially during the 1940s-1970s, were at substantial risk to asbestos exposure.

Meet a few of our clients who served in the U.S. Navy.

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Frank

Frank spent many years working as a member of the U.S. Navy. Due to asbestos exposure during his time served, Frank developed mesothelioma. Before Frank passed away, he worked with the lawyers at Simmons Hanly Conroy to file a mesothelioma lawsuit.

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Jim

From 1973 to 1993, Jim worked as a Navy boiler technician on the U.S.S. Independence, U.S.S. Truckee and U.S.S. Vulcan. Spending time near the ships’ boilers, valves, pumps, and gaskets exposed Jim to asbestos. Years after his service, Jim was diagnosed with mesothelioma. As medical bills started to pile up, creating a financial burden, Jim and his wife decided to file a mesothelioma lawsuit. Simmons Hanly Conroy attorney Randy Cohn and his legal team created a tailored plan to guide Jim and his family through the mesothelioma lawsuit process.

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