Jim’s Story

Up until the mid-1970s, nearly every ship and shipyard built by the U.S. Navy was constructed with asbestos materials. It was primarily used in engine rooms, boiler rooms and other below-deck areas of seagoing vessels and submarines. Since asbestos exposure is the direct cause of mesothelioma, it’s no surprise that more than 30 percent of Americans afflicted with mesothelioma were first exposed to asbestos during their time in the U.S. Navy.

Unfortunately, former Simmons Hanly Conroy client, Jim, was one of those Navy veterans.

Seeking Justice Through a Mesothelioma Lawsuit

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. Jim had extensive expertise, working in the ships’ engine and boiler rooms where he made sure the ship functioned properly. While spending time working near the ships’ boilers, valves, pumps, gaskets, packing, engines and other machinery, Jim was exposed to toxic asbestos fibers.

Years later, in 2009, Jim began experiencing respiratory problems and visited a Houston hospital. It was there Jim was officially diagnosed with mesothelioma. Jim’s treatment options did not include surgery because the disease was too far advanced. Because of this, Jim was given just months to live.

Time was short, which is why Jim and his wife Peggy knew they needed to act fast. Medical bills began piling up, creating a growing financial burden for the family. Jim was not old enough to qualify for Medicare or Social Security, and he had not received disability. The couple needed help.

That’s where Simmons Hanly Conroy came in. Attorney Randy Cohn and his asbestos legal team created a tailored plan to guide Jim through the mesothelioma lawsuit process. They worked with Jim and his family to ensure compensation that would ultimately provide them financial security and peace of mind.

Just nineteen months after his diagnosis, on Nov. 20, 2010, Jim passed away. Regardless of the cause of his death, Jim was proud to serve his country in the military for all of those years. While he felt he should have been warned about the dangers of asbestos, he did not regret the time he spent in the Navy.

Simmons Hanly Conroy is honored to help veterans, like Jim, and others struggling to balance a mesothelioma diagnosis and difficult financial circumstances.

If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with mesothelioma or another asbestos-related cancer, we may be able to help. Learn more about filing a mesothelioma lawsuit with Simmons Hanly Conroy today.

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While no amount of compensation can buy you a medical miracle, a lawsuit can help you afford the mesothelioma treatments you need and help eliminate the worry that medical costs are draining your family budget.

“Our ultimate goal as trial attorneys is the same goal of the doctors and nurses working inside the Simmons Cancer Institute. Prevent and alleviate the suffering of others. As a firm rooted in helping mesothelioma cancer victims, we are especially proud to be a sponsor of the institute.”

John Simmons - Simmons Hanly Conroy Chairman