U.S. Marine Corps Veterans With Mesothelioma

Active duty Marines in the United States were more likely to be exposed to asbestos than the general population, increasing their risk of mesothelioma and other serious diseases. The companies that made and sold asbestos-based products knew but hid this deadly truth for decades to keep their profits high — at your expense.

Simmons Hanly Conroy is here to help U.S. Marine veterans who were exposed to asbestos and may now be suffering from mesothelioma. Our asbestos attorneys, including veterans of the U.S. Marine Corps and other military branches, may be able to pursue legal compensation on your behalf.

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U.S. Marine Corps Veterans and Exposure to Asbestos

Throughout the 20th century, asbestos was highly regarded for its resistance to heat and chemical damage. It’s also flexible, strong and affordable, which made it a desirable building material — especially onboard oceangoing vessels such as aircraft carriers, amphibious assault ships and transports.

The abundance of asbestos used onboard Navy ships as well as at military installations created toxic living and working environments for the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) who served their country during the last century.

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U.S. Marine Corps Bases and Asbestos Exposure

On land, asbestos was a part of everyday life for U.S. Marines and the armed forces. With asbestos in U.S. Marine ships and shipyards, exposure was unavoidable at times, making mesothelioma in U.S. Marine veterans all too common. Virtually every military installation had countless construction products that contained asbestos: flooring tiles, ceiling and roofing materials, insulation and other materials used to resist heat.

The U.S. Marine Corps clients we have represented lived and worked on military installations and bases throughout the country and across the globe.

These have included:

  • Marine Corps Recruit Depot — Parris Island, SC
  • Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune — Jacksonville, NC
  • Marine Corps Base Quantico — Quantico, VA
  • Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton — Oceanside, CA
  • Marine Corps Base Hawaii (aka Marine Corps Air Station, Kaneohe Bay) — Honolulu, HI
  • Marine Corps Recruit Depot — San Diego, CA
  • Naval Air Station Key West — Key West, FL
  • Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point —Havelock, NC
  • Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms — Twentynine Palms, CA
  • Guantanamo Bay Naval Base — Cuba
  • Marine Corps Base Camp Butler — Okinawa, Japan
  • Naval Station Newport — Newport, RI
  • Marine Reserve Center — Portland, ME
  • Marine Corp Air Station — El Toro, CA
  • Miramar Naval Air Station/Marine Corp Air Station — San Diego, CA
  • Marine Corps Air Base — Santa Anna, CA
  • Camp Garcia Vieques — Puerto Rico
  • United States Marine Corps Depot — Albany, GA
  • Long Beach Naval Shipyard — San Diego, CA
  • Marine Barracks — Washington D.C.
  • Marine Corps Rifle Range Camp Matthews — San Diego, CA

As the dangers of asbestos became more widely recognized by the 1970s, the military banned its use in new construction. However, many older ships and structures remained in service for years, creating a possibly toxic environment and increasing the risk of developing asbestos-related diseases like mesothelioma for anyone who spent time in the U.S. Marine Corps.

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U.S. Marine Corps Jobs with Higher Asbestos Exposure

While performing their duties, U.S. Marines often worked in close proximity to pipefitters, insulators and other trades workers. These workers regularly used the following asbestos-containing materials that contaminated the air:

  • Block insulation
  • Gaskets
  • Packing materials
  • Refractory cement

U.S. Marines who served as vehicle or aircraft mechanics may have been exposed to asbestos while:

  • Performing routine bodywork with contaminated adhesives or body fillers
  • Repairing engines that housed asbestos seals and gaskets
  • Removing and installing brake pads, clutches and wheel bearings containing asbestos

Because the U.S. Marine Corps built many of its bases with asbestos-based products, construction workers and engineers are also at high risk of asbestos exposure.

If you served in the U.S. Marines and have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you may have been exposed to asbestos during your service. The mesothelioma lawyers at Simmons Hanly Conroy may be able to help you get the compensation you deserve. Get a free legal consultation today.

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Asbestos on U.S. Marine Corps Ships and Shipyards

Asbestos was commonly used in the structures of ships, as well as the engine, boiler rooms and around the steam pipes as insulation.

Asbestos-based products used aboard ships included:

  • Boiler insulation
  • Fireproofing materials
  • Pumps and valves

Shipyards also posed a risk for asbestos exposure for U.S. Marines, the U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Navy. Shipyards had an alarming number of materials containing asbestos used to build the ships.

Here are a few of the shipyards our clients have served at:

  • Brooklyn Naval Shipyard — Brooklyn, NY
  • Charleston Naval Shipyard — Charleston, SC
  • Norfolk Naval Shipyard — Norfolk/Portsmouth, VA
  • Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard — Pearl Harbor/Honolulu, HI
  • San Francisco Naval Shipyard — San Francisco, CA
  • Southwest Marine Shipyard — San Diego, CA

Legendary actor Steve McQueen is believed to have developed mesothelioma after working in a shipyard during his time in the U.S. Marine Corps.

“There’s no dollar value that can replace what victims of mesothelioma have lost. I can’t give them their health back. I can’t drag in the very people who got them sick, but I have the tools to hold those companies accountable for their decisions and give my clients some type of peace that their families will be provided for.”

– Brian J. Cooke, Simmons Hanly Conroy Shareholder and U.S. Marine Corps Veteran

Mesothelioma Compensation for U.S. Marine Corps Veterans

Mesothelioma is a difficult disease to treat and often requires thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of dollars in medical expenses and treatment. With the help of an experienced mesothelioma lawyer, you may be able to secure mesothelioma compensation to help pay for treatment and other costs.

U.S. Marine Corps benefits and mesothelioma compensation can be used to cover a variety of expenses, including:

  • Medical bills, like medications and doctor visits
  • Travel costs for surgeries or treatments
  • Everyday expenses
  • Providing for your family

As a U.S. Marine veteran diagnosed with mesothelioma or another asbestos-related disease, you may have the following options available to you to help cover your financial needs. Your asbestos attorney can help you determine your eligibility for each of these options.

Compensation from mesothelioma trusts

VA Benefits

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is responsible for managing the VA financial benefits and VA health care benefits for all U.S. Marines and service members. Your mesothelioma attorneys can help you with every step of filing a claim for VA benefits.

To qualify for veterans benefits, you generally have to prove you were:

  • Honorably discharged from the U.S. Marine Corps
  • Exposed to asbestos during your service, making your illness service-related
  • Diagnosed with mesothelioma or an asbestos-related disease
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Legal Compensation

Outside of VA benefits, U.S. Marine Corps veterans with mesothelioma may also be entitled to legal compensation.

Mesothelioma Lawsuits

Victims of mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases may be entitled to compensation from the manufacturer of the asbestos-containing product(s) they were exposed to. The U.S. Marine Corps and other branches of the U.S. military, like the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army, and U.S. National Guard, are not sued as part of this process.

Asbestos Trust Funds

When you file a mesothelioma claim with Simmons Hanly Conroy, your attorneys can also determine if you qualify for any asbestos trust funds. These trusts were established by bankrupt manufacturers of asbestos-based products to pay those who were harmed while avoiding lawsuits.

Mesothelioma Settlements for U.S. Marine Corps Veterans

At Simmons Hanly Conroy, we stand by our clients and fight on their behalf to help them get the compensation they deserve.

Here are just a few of our past settlements for U.S. Marine Corps clients:

$1 Million

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to a Florida U.S. Marine veteran and laborer diagnosed with peritoneal mesothelioma

$4.3 million

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to the family of a 52-year-old U.S. Marine who died of mesothelioma

$2.63 Million

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to a Michigan U.S. Marine veteran and sheet metal worker with mesothelioma

  • $1.36 million to U.S. Marine veteran and welder with mesothelioma from Michigan
  • $2.6 million to a U.S. Marine veteran and insulator from Virginia diagnosed with mesothelioma
  • 1.37 million to a U.S. Marine veteran and salesman from Florida
  • $1.99 million to a U.S. Marine veteran and machinist diagnosed in 2007

Questions about compensation?

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

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Mesothelioma Lawyers for U.S. Marine Corps Veterans

When you work with Simmons Hanly Conroy, your legal team can help determine when and where you may have been exposed to asbestos during your military service and build a mesothelioma lawsuit against those who may be responsible.

Rest assured that when you file a mesothelioma lawsuit, you won’t be suing the U.S. Marine Corps. Instead, your asbestos attorney will target the manufacturer of the products or equipment that contained asbestos.

If you’re a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps who’s been diagnosed with mesothelioma, get a free legal consultation today to see if one of our mesothelioma lawyers can help you.

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Meet Our U.S. Marine Veteran Asbestos Attorneys

Get to know a few of our mesothelioma lawyers who have served in the U.S. Marine Corps.

Michael Stewart
U.S. Marine Veteran
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Brian J. Cooke
U.S. Marine Veteran
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Legal Reviewer Chris GuinnReviewed by:Christopher R. Guinn

Shareholder, Simmons Hanly Conroy

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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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  1. 49722985203_a9c28c8fd0_o Photo: From the William C. Reed Collection (COLL/5634) at the Archives Branch, Marine Corps History Division