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Asbestos was used to insulate and strengthen aircraft components as well as fireproof base buildings, placing Air Force veterans at risk of developing mesothelioma and other cancers. Air Force Base asbestos exposure is far more common than previously thought, and every year, new cancer cases are diagnosed. 

Like other arms of the military, the Air Force relied on asbestos and other toxic materials up until the 1980s. Asbestos-containing products were used to build aircraft and many veterans were heavily exposed during their service.

Our toxic exposure lawyers have filed numerous claims on behalf of American veterans, because we believe that our nation’s servicemen deserve to be compensated for any adverse health condition related to their time serving our country. We can assist you and your family to build a case, guide you through the complex process and negotiate for the maximum payout possible. 

We understand the unique challenges air force veterans are facing many years after completing their service, and suddenly falling ill due to exposure to a toxin years ago. These can be trying times for you and your family, and you should find an experienced and trusted attorney to take the lead and allow you to focus on your health and family. Read on, and explore our site to learn more about filing VA Disability Claims as well as how to file Air Force Base Asbestos Lawsuits. 

How Did Air Force Base Asbestos Exposure Occur?

After WWII and up until the 1970s, asbestos was used in the construction of air force bases in training facilities, mess halls, housing and barracks, and ammunition storage. The toxic materials were used in the insulation, floor tiles, cement and roofing tiles. The Air Force also used asbestos aircraft parts in airplane brakes, electrical insulation, as well as cockpit and engine shields.

Military personnel could have been regularly exposed to toxins on vehicles, equipment, buildings and aircraft. Being around any renovated building was also a high-risk situation. When asbestos is disturbed, it can create a fine dust than can be inhaled and these fibers can remain in the body for many years.

Studies have shown that chronic exposure to asbestos can increase the risk of lung cancer, mesothelioma, and other nonmalignant lung and pleural disorders. Asbestosis, lung cancer, colorectal cancer, esophageal cancer and other lung diseases are linked to heavy toxic exposure. 

What Kind of Damages Are Available in an Air Force Asbestos Cancer Claim?

In a military asbestos exposure lawsuit, plaintiffs and veterans may seek compensation and benefits to address the physical, emotional, and financial challenges they face as a result of falling ill years after serving their country. Our clients have filed complaints and have sought the following damages:

  • Long-term Disability: Any Air Force Veteran diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease can qualify for significant long-term VA disability compensation. The exact amount of what is paid out is typically dependent on the severity of your condition and whether or not your condition will allow you to work into the future. 

  • Special Monthly Compensation (SMC): In asbestos-related disability cases, victims are usually eligible for a special monthly compensation, which provides increased financial aid to help pay for medical costs, treatment, medications, rehab and therapy. 

  • Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC): Surviving spouses, children, or dependents of veterans who have passed away due to asbestos-related illnesses may be eligible for DIC benefits to provide financial stability for the family. 

  • Medical Costs & Health Care: Vets diagnosed with lung diseases linked to toxic exposure at a base may receive medical care through the VA healthcare system, and possibly additional compensation if the VA hospitals in your region cannot provide the services your require. 

  • Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) Services: For veterans who are unable to viably stay employed or enter the work force, the VA provides vocational rehabilitation services to help them train and acquire new relatable occupational skills.

Why Hire The Lyon Firm?

It is important to do your research before signing on with any one law firm. This is a critical decision, and it is prudent to select an attorney you are comfortable with. Call our legal team to learn more about our experience and past results in similar cases. 

Joe Lyon has 20 years of experience in handling toxic exposure cases, and has represented military veterans in asbestos exposure claims. We have settled claims for six and seven figures, and we aim to reach a fast and significant compensation settlement on your behalf. 

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What Does an Asbestos Exposure Lawyer Do for You?

Your legal team will play a critical role in helping you navigate through the process. By taking the next step, and filing a complaint, you can seek compensation for your illness, injury, pain and suffering and reduced quality of life. We will assume all of the following tasks on your behalf:

  • Investigating Toxic Exposure: To build a case, we must prove that you were exposed to asbestos or another toxin, and prove that the specific exposure led to the development of a certain illness. Your attorney and industry experts we hire will work to gather evidence to support your case. We review medical records, employment history, witness statements, and expert testimony to establish the link between your asbestos exposure and your medical condition.

  • Negotiation a Settlement: An experienced attorney is skilled in negotiations with asbestos trust funds and VA officials to reach a fair settlement. 

  • Full Legal Representation: If a settlement is not reached through an initial negotiation, your attorney will represent you in court during the litigation process, advocating for your rights and presenting your case before a judge and jury of your peers.

  • Asbestos Trust Fund Claims: If applicable, your lawyer will identity all the toxic products you were exposed to, and file claims with the associated asbestos trust. These funds have been established to compensate victims of asbestos exposure when the responsible companies have gone bankrupt or were restructured to deal with extensive liability. 

  • VA Disability Claims: We can present a strong case to the Department of Veterans Affairs, helping you secure the full benefits you deserve.

Air Force Base Asbestos Exposure FAQ

What is asbestos, and when is it hazardous?

Asbestos is a mineral that is mined and milled, and readied for purposes of insulating and fireproofing various products and components on aircraft and within air stations. The material was used in hundreds of industrial and military applications until the late 1970s when it came to light that the material was extremely toxic to those who handled it. 

The material can easily be ingested and inhaled when the fibers break down and become airborne. Anyone who works in an area where asbestos is produced or disturbed can be at risk of related lung diseases. 

Asbestos is a substance composed of small fibers that can easily be inhaled or ingested. These fibers become airborne when the material is handled or disturbed. The risk of lung disease increases with your amount and duration of asbestos exposure, and the CDC has noted that there is no safe level of exposure.

Mesothelioma and other related conditions sometimes lie dormant for decades (up to fifty years) before a person develops symptoms. Once a person is diagnosed with these cancers, they are usually in a later, more dangerous stage.

Is there still asbestos on air force bases?

Yes, it is likely that many of America’s air bases still contain some amount of toxic material on site. Some particularly hazardous military sites were cleaned up after being declared EPA Superfund sites, and some still have structures that contain asbestos. For the most part, these materials, when contained, do not pose any new health risks until they are disturbed.

Buildings built in the 1970s, including barracks and air base housing, may still have toxic materials contained in their structures today. Living or working near these areas during a renovation project could lead to asbestos exposure.

Cleanup efforts continue today, but the costs of cleanup projects are much more than simply leaving much of the material where it lies. Not until 2008, for example, was there a project to knock down old buildings  at Scott Air Force Base.

A 2020 report found that the military housing on Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and other bases may have exposed veterans and civilians to asbestos and other toxins.

Which air force bases used asbestos?

The following bases throughout the country listed below are among those military installations that may have used asbestos-containing products and could have air force veterans at risk:

  • Brookley
  • Gunter
  • Maxwell
  • Eielson
  • Elmendorf
  • Ladd
  • Tin City
  • Davis-Monthan
  • Luke
  • Eacker (Blytheville)
  • Little Rock
  • Beale Air
  • Camp Parks
  • Castle
  • Edwards
  • Hamilton
  • Los Angeles
  • March
  • Mather
  • Norton
  • Travis
  • Onizuka Air Station
  • Oxnard
  • Vandenberg
  • Buckley
  • Lowry
  • Peterson
  • United States Air Force Academy
  • Dover
  • Patrick
  • Cape Canaveral Space Force Station
  • Eglin
  • Homestead Air Reserve Base
  • Hurlburt Field
  • MacDill
  • McCoy (Pinecastle)
  • Tyndall
  • Dobbins Air Reserve Base
  • Hunter Army Airfield
  • Robins
  • Turner
  • Hickam
  • Mountain Home
  • Chanute
  • Hanna City Air Station
  • Scott
  • Bunker Hill (Grissom Air Reserve Base)
  • Forbes
  • Liberal Army Air Field
  • McConnell
  • Schilling (Smoky Hill Army Air Field)
  • Loring (Limestone)
  • Topsham
  • Andrews
  • Hanscom
  • North Truro
  • Otis
  • Westover Air Reserve Base
  • I. Sawyer
  • Selfridge
  • Wurtsmith
  • Duluth Air National Guard Base
  • Greenville
  • Keesler
  • Richards-Gebaur Air Station
  • Whiteman
  • Glasgow
  • Malmstrom
  • Miles City Air Station
  • Offutt
  • Nellis
  • Stead
  • Portsmouth (Pease)
  • Gibbsboro Air Station
  • Mcguire
  • Holloman
  • Kirtland
  • Griffiss
  • Hancock Field Air National Guard Base (Syracuse Air Station)
  • Mitchel
  • Plattsburgh
  • Sampson
  • Stewart
  • Grand Forks
  • Minot
  • Lockbourne  (Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base)
  • Newark
  • Wright-Patterson
  • Altus
  • Clinton-Sherman
  • Tinker
  • Benton Air Station
  • Olmsted (Harrisburg Air National Guard Base)
  • Quonset Point Air National Guard Station
  • Charleston
  • Ellsworth
  • Arnold
  • Amarillo
  • Bergstrom
  • Brooks
  • Carswell
  • Kelly Field)
  • Lackland
  • Laredo
  • Laughlin
  • Perrin
  • Randolph
  • Sheppard
  • Webb (AKA Big Spring)
  • Hill AF Base
  • Ethan Allen (Burlington Air National Guard)
  • Langley
  • Fairchild
  • Larson (AKA Moses Lake Army)
  • Mcchord
  • Othello Air Station
  • Truax Field Air National Guard Base
  • Francis E. Warren
Which Air Force Positions Risked Toxic Exposure?

Many veterans faced at least some toxic exposure due to the widespread use of toxins at air stations. Air force vets and civilian contractors working as construction workers, electricians, pipe fitters, maintenance staff, or boiler men were at a particularly high risk. Other positions at high risk include the following:

  • Aircraft electricians
  • Aircraft mechanics
  • Boiler workers
  • Construction Workers
  • Firefighters
  • Vehicle mechanics
  • Welders

Asbestos was used in many  aircraft applications where heat-resistant materials were preferred or necessary, including in the electrical insulation, engine heat shields, gaskets and brake pads. Asbestos was found in the following areas of an aircraft:

  • Brakes
  • Cargo bay insulation
  • Cockpit heating systems
  • Electrical wiring insulation
  • Engine heat shields
  • Gaskets
  • Valves
Can I file a lawsuit if I’ve been Exposed to Toxins at an air base?

Any veteran or family member who fall ill years after exposure to a toxin on a military base can come forward and contact an attorney to discuss legal action. VA disability claims are available for victims, and if the settlement package does not meet your needs for future financial stability, you may chose to file a personal injury lawsuit to recover damages and losses. 

Can I file for VA Disability and file a lawsuit simultaneously?

Yes, you can pursue both options simultaneously to maximize your potential compensation. However, it’s important to coordinate the efforts to ensure the best outcomes.

How long is the legal process when filing a VA Cancer lawsuit?

After a confirmed diagnosis of an occupational lung disease due to time spent around toxic materials during your Air Force service, you should contact an asbestos lawyer to begin the process. Our firm has the resources to expedite these kinds of VA claims, and we have proven results in this type of litigation. Your service history and medical records will be reviewed and we can begin building your case.