U.S. Coast Guard Veterans With Mesothelioma

U.S. Coast Guard ships and bases relied on asbestos materials for decades. This put active duty U.S. Coast Guard service members at high risk of mesothelioma, a deadly cancer caused by asbestos exposure. Simmons Hanly Conroy, a veteran-founded mesothelioma law firm, may be able to help you access financial compensation if you were diagnosed with this cancer.

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U.S. Coast Guard Veterans and Asbestos Exposure

Between the 1930s and early 1980s, the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) heavily relied on asbestos, a mineral used to make products more durable and heat-resistant. Service members who worked with or around asbestos were at risk of unknowingly inhaling or swallowing toxic asbestos fibers.

Unfortunately, the manufacturers of asbestos-containing products knew that the mineral was dangerous — even deadly — but they hid these risks for decades so they could continue to make a profit.

Thousands of innocent service members in the U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary were put at risk of developing mesothelioma or other asbestos-related illnesses without even knowing asbestos was harmful.

In fact, 33% of all mesothelioma cases have been linked to asbestos exposure in the military or military shipyards. Though asbestos was used by all branches of the U.S. military, U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard veterans have the highest risk of developing mesothelioma.

Today, U.S. Coast Guard veterans with mesothelioma can work with Simmons Hanly Conroy to take legal action against the manufacturers that harmed them. Since 1999, our law firm has recovered billions of dollars for mesothelioma patients.

If you qualify, Simmons Hanly Conroy can:

  • Determine how you were exposed to asbestos during military service
  • Help you pursue benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
  • Hold makers of asbestos-based products accountable through legal claims
  • Connect you to on-staff nurses who can help answer health-related questions
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How Did the U.S. Coast Guard Use Asbestos?

U.S. Coast Guard ships, known as cutters, needed to be impermeable to fire, and asbestos helped shipbuilders achieve this. Asbestos was commonly used in engine and boiler rooms and around pipes as insulation.

U.S. Coast Guard cutters utilized hundreds of asbestos products, such as:

  • Boiler insulation
  • Cement
  • Distillers
  • Fireproof doors
  • Electrical wiring
  • Gaskets
  • Hatches
  • Packing material
  • Pipe covering
  • Pumps
  • Rope
  • Valves

On land, asbestos was a part of everyday life in the U.S. Coast Guard. Virtually every U.S. Coast Guard base and installation had countless construction products that contained asbestos: floor tiles, ceiling and roofing materials, insulation and other building materials.

U.S. Coast Guard planes, helicopters and vehicles may have also used asbestos-containing products like brake pads and engine linings.

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U.S. Coast Guard Jobs With Higher Asbestos Exposure Risk

Anyone who served in the U.S. Coast Guard when asbestos was used may have been exposed to this dangerous material. However, some jobs put U.S. Coast Guard personnel in contact with asbestos on a daily basis.

Roles with a higher risk of U.S. Coast Guard asbestos exposure included:

  • Boiler tenders
  • Insulators
  • Mechanics
  • Pipefitters
  • Shipyard workers
  • Technicians

Shipyard workers arguably had the highest risk of asbestos exposure since they frequently installed and removed asbestos-based products found aboard U.S. Coast Guard ships.

Did you know? A 2007 study found that U.S. Coast Guard members who worked in shipyards between 1950 and 1964 had a higher rate of mortality from mesothelioma and other cancers. The study concluded this higher death rate was likely due to asbestos exposure.

U.S. Coast Guard Ships With Asbestos Products

Hundreds of cutters were built with asbestos-containing products, according to U.S. Coast Guard records.

U.S. Coast Guard cutters with asbestos included:


Note: The list above may not be comprehensive. Contact our team to see if the U.S. Coast Guard vessel you or a loved one served on contained asbestos.

As the dangers of asbestos became more widely recognized by the 1970s, the U.S. government banned its use in new ship construction. However, many older ships and structures remained in service for years, creating a risk of asbestos-related diseases like mesothelioma for many who spent time in the U.S. Coast Guard.

Mesothelioma in U.S. Coast Guard Veterans

Any U.S. Coast Guard veteran who was exposed to asbestos during active service may be at risk of developing mesothelioma later in life. This cancer forms in the linings of the lungs, abdomen, heart or testes 20-50 years after asbestos exposure.

A mesothelioma diagnosis is devastating, as this cancer has no cure and is highly aggressive. U.S. Coast Guard veterans may also worry about medical expenses and the well-being of their family if they pass away.

Fortunately, Simmons Hanly Conroy is here to help veterans with mesothelioma find justice and peace of mind.

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Mesothelioma Compensation for U.S. Coast Guard Veterans

U.S. Coast Guard veterans with mesothelioma may be able to access compensation through both the VA and legal action.

Mesothelioma compensation can help members of the U.S. Coast Guard afford:

  • Medical expenses
  • House payments
  • Grocery bills
  • Any other costs

Simmons Hanly Conroy has helped hundreds of our clients recover millions of dollars and receive VA benefits if they served in the U.S. Armed Forces (like the U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Army and U.S. National Guard).

We can help determine your eligibility for mesothelioma compensation. Get a free case consultation today.

Learn more about the types of mesothelioma compensation we can help you pursue if you qualify below.

VA Financial Benefits

VA financial benefits can award eligible veterans with monthly payments or other forms of compensation if you qualify, like disability compensation and caregiver compensation. Your family members may even be able to receive financial payouts as well.

The VA may be able to help you:

  • Receive monthly payments to make up for lost wages or medical costs
  • Obtain treatment at a VA medical center
  • Save money for your family’s future

Veterans can work with one of the VA-accredited mesothelioma lawyers at Simmons Hanly Conroy to file a VA claim and pursue the benefits for which they’re eligible.

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VA Health Care Benefits

U.S. Coast Guard veterans with mesothelioma can also access medical care through the VA. Some of the world’s top mesothelioma doctors and surgeons currently work with the VA to treat veterans with this rare cancer all over the country.

Legal Compensation

Veterans who have been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease or their immediate family members may be able to file an asbestos lawsuit against the manufacturers of the deadly asbestos-containing products that were sold to the U.S. military.

Pursuing legal compensation through a lawsuit or claim has no effect on the benefits you may have earned during your service to our country.

Mesothelioma Lawsuits

Through mesothelioma lawsuits, you can hold the companies that manufactured the asbestos product(s) you were exposed to responsible for their wrongdoing and your illness. You won’t be suing the U.S. Coast Guard or any other branch of the U.S. military.

Asbestos Trust Funds

Asbestos attorneys can also see if you can access compensation from asbestos trust funds, which were established by bankrupt makers of asbestos-containing products to pay those who were harmed.

Get a free case consultation today to see what legal options may be available to you.

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Mesothelioma Settlements for Veterans

At Simmons Hanly Conroy, we strive to minimize the disruption a lawsuit may have in your life and maximize the potential compensation in your asbestos case.

Some of our past settlements for veterans include:

$2.6 Million

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to a U.S. Coast Guard veteran from Arizona

$4.14 million

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to a U.S. Air Force veteran and welder in Florida

$1.7 Million

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to an electrician and U.S. Coast Guard veteran in South Carolina

  • $3 million to a 69-year-old U.S. Navy veteran and telephone technician in California
  • $1.2 million to a boil tender in Texas who served in the U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard
  • $3.2 million to a U.S. Army veteran and maintenance worker in Texas
  • $1.4 million to a U.S. Coast Guard veteran who worked in the shipping industry
  • $3.9 million to a U.S. Air Force veteran and painter in Maryland
  • $2.4 million to the heirs of a U.S. Army veteran in California
  • $3.4 million to a U.S. Navy veteran in Illinois who served on the USS General Hershey
  • $2.92 million to a U.S. Air Force veteran in Wisconsin with mesothelioma
  • $4.3 million to the family of a 52-year-old U.S. Marine who died of mesothelioma

Questions about compensation?

Contact us for a free legal consultation. Call (800) 326-8900.

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Mesothelioma Lawyers for U.S. Coast Guard Veterans

The U.S. Coast Guard lawyers at Simmons Hanly Conroy are well equipped to help veterans like you pursue legal compensation.

Our legal team can:

  • Access warehouses of information related to the asbestos industry
  • Work with in-house research teams to learn when, where and how you were exposed
  • File claims against companies that made the asbestos products you were exposed to

Simmons Hanly Conroy never files legal claims against the U.S. Coast Guard or other U.S. military branches, and our attorneys make the legal process hassle-free for you and your families.

If you served in the U.S. Coast Guard and later developed mesothelioma, you may be entitled to compensation from legal claims and settlements, VA benefits and asbestos trust funds.

Get a free legal consultation for your asbestos case today.

Meet Our Veteran Mesothelioma Attorneys

Find out more about a few of our asbestos lawyers who have also served in the U.S. military.

Christopher Guinn
U.S. Air Force Veteran
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John Simmons
Firm Chairman
U.S. Army Veteran
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Attorney Chris Guinn is a shareholder at Simmons Hanly Conroy. He dedicates his practice to representing victims of mesothelioma and asbestos-related diseases and since joining the firm in 2004, has recovered millions of dollars on their behalf. As a shareholder, Chris helps outline a custom legal strategy for the firm’s asbestos clients. A veteran of over 300 cases, he has spent years traveling around the country to meet with individuals diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease and their families. He has a successful track record prosecuting the corporations who harmed them.

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