It’s been decades since the Vietnam War started; long enough for asbestos-related disease to develop and symptoms to appear.
If you have mesothelioma, lung cancer, or suffer from serious breathing problems, you should tell your doctor about your asbestos exposure and ask if it could be related.
You may also have valuable legal rights.
The Kazan Law firm has been helping veterans and other asbestos exposure victims since 1974. We can help guide you through the steps needed to discover how and when you were exposed to asbestos, and assist you in obtaining any and all compensation due you from the companies that are responsible for your asbestos related disease.
HOW MUCH ASBESTOS EXPOSURE DOES IT TAKE TO GET MESOTHELIOMA?
Very little! Every exposure increases your risk, and all are responsible when mesothelioma strikes.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE AFTER ASBESTOS EXPOSURE FOR THE DISEASE TO SHOW UP?
Usually 20 years or more; those exposed in the 1960s and 1970s are now being diagnosed with mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases.
WHAT IS THE PROGNOSIS FOR MESOTHELIOMA?
Grim; like most cancers, the prognosis for long term survival often depends on how early it is diagnosed and how aggressively it is treated. We can help you locate medical centers that offer specialized treatments.
IS THERE ANY PROMISING RESEARCH ON MESOTHELIOMA TREATMENT OPTIONS?
Yes; research is being conducted at several major cancer centers in the United States and abroad.
Veterans of the U.S. armed forces who served between 1940 and 1980 are at greatly increased risk of developing asbestos-related diseases due to their often intense asbestos exposure. U.S. Navy personnel and civilian workers in U.S. shipyards have the highest risk, because asbestos was frequently used in the construction of Navy ships. Many of these men worked in the ships’ boiler rooms and engine rooms tight-fit, poorly ventilated areas where asbestos fibers floated freely and were inhaled. But no area on a Navy ship built before the 1970s is safe, including mess and sleeping quarters.
People who lived or worked on military bases, or lived with base employees, during that time are also susceptible. There have been many cases of veterans’ family members becoming sick through second-hand asbestos exposure; this is especially troubling for wives who might have washed their husbands’ work clothes that had fibers stuck to them.
Sadly, millions of America veterans have suffered asbestos exposure during their military service, putting them at higher risk of developing asbestosis, mesothelioma, or other asbestosrelated diseases. Additionally, commonly used military and civilian products such as gaskets, brakes, wallboard joint compounds, cables, insulation, adhesives, valves, and numerous others contained asbestos, and as a result many veterans have had additional asbestos exposure after completing their military service.
Vietnam Veterans who have been diagnosed with an asbestos-related cancer such as mesothelioma have legal rights and may be able to recover compensation for their losses and suffering. Only an experienced mesothelioma lawyer will know if you have a valid legal claim.
Call or e-mail us for a free, no-obligation consultation and evaluation.
Kazan Law: Helping Asbestos Victims Since 1974
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Vietnam Veterans of America
California State Council
P. O. Box 3007
Riverside, CA 92519-3007