Asbestos Mesothelioma lawyers are fighting back on behalf of U.S. Vietnam War veterans against those who try to sweep their wrong-doings under the rug. Asbestos use was at its peak in the 1970s during the Vietnam War in every branch of the military, especially in Navy ships. The government used it because it was cheap and plentiful. Its fire retardation properties protected the ships while they were under attack. The U.S. Geological survey reports that 700,000 tons of asbestos were consumed every year from 1964 to 1975. It wasn’t until the 1980s that asbestos use was cut down and partially banned by the government. However, the product manufacturers knew about the dangers of asbestos use long before that. A Mesothelioma cancer attorney can help guide Vietnam veterans through the legal process and help give them what they deserve.
Asbestos was used in nearly every vessel built for the Navy and Coast Guard prior to 1983. The maze of poorly ventilated rooms exacerbated the risks where asbestos fibers could easily be inhaled. If you worked in engine rooms, boiler rooms, fire rooms, munitions stores, navigation rooms, ate in the mess halls or slept in the bunks, you are at risk for contracting Mesothelioma. Asbestos was used to cover heavy equipment, valves and pumps for insulation and fire protection. Asbestos could be found in the form of fireproofing, wall boards, gaskets, packing, cloth, paper, cable, pipe insulation, cement, joint compound, adhesives and other products. Just observing this list gives you the feeling of how virtually inescapable asbestos was in the 1970s. Call a Mesothelioma lawsuit lawyer and find out how the product manufacturers can be held accountable for the state of your health.