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If you have been exposed to asbestos in Hunters Point Naval Shipyard and now suffer from mesothelioma, lung cancer, or other respiratory issues, you may be able to bring a lawsuit.

Over the past 75 years, Navy veterans and shipyard workers who worked in the Hunters Point Shipyard were exposed to dangerous levels of asbestos. Those workers now face an increased chance of developing serious respiratory illnesses and diseases like lung cancer and mesothelioma.

According to a 2008 study, published by the Ulster Medical Society, shipyard workers have an asbestosis mortality rate 16 times higher than other studied occupations. Former Hunters Point Naval Shipyard Workers have been diagnosed with mesothelioma cancer, and other asbestos-related illnesses.

Joe Lyons and the skilled team of attorneys at the Lyon Firm are highly rated asbestos lawyers. They represent plaintiffs nationwide in a wide variety of toxic tort and mesothelioma cases. If you worked at Hunters Point Shipyard at any point, particularly before 1980, you may have grounds for a lawsuit. Reach out to the Lyon Firm online or by calling (513) 381-2333 to learn more about the legal process and how our firm can help you.

What Kind of Damages Are Available for Hunters Point Shipyard Workers?

The Hunter’s Point Shipyard has a complex history of industrial use, including shipbuilding and naval operations, and it has been associated with environmental contamination, particularly from hazardous substances such as asbestos.

An illness caused by exposure to asbestos must be taken very seriously. Your health is vitally important and if you worked in or around Hunters Point Shipyard in the last 100 years, you may have been exposed to asbestos. The EPA has declared that there is no safe level for asbestos exposure. If you have been exposed to asbestos at Hunters Point Shipyard and now experience respiratory illnesses, you may be able to bring a lawsuit for damages.

Asbestos lawsuits typically seek compensation for the damages and harm caused by asbestos exposure. The types of damages available in asbestos lawsuits can vary depending on the specific circumstances of the case and the laws of the jurisdiction in which the lawsuit is filed. Here are some common types of damages that may be available in asbestos lawsuits:

  • Medical Expenses: Plaintiffs in asbestos lawsuits often seek compensation for the cost of medical treatment related to asbestos-related diseases. This can include expenses such as doctor’s visits, hospital stays, surgeries, prescription medications, and ongoing medical care.
  • Lost Wages and Future Earnings: If your asbestos-related illness has caused them to miss work or has resulted in a diminished earning capacity, they may seek compensation for lost wages and the future income they would have earned had they not been exposed to asbestos.
  • Pain and Suffering: Damages for pain and suffering are intended to compensate the plaintiff for the physical and emotional distress caused by asbestos-related diseases. These damages are often difficult to quantify but can be a significant component of a lawsuit.

If your family member or loved one’s exposure to asbestos resulted in death, you may still be able to bring a lawsuit for damages. A wrongful death lawsuit can help you recover compensation for funeral expenses, loss of financial support, and the emotional impact of the loss of your family member or loved one.

Asbestos lawsuits often involve multiple defendants, including asbestos manufacturers, employers, and premises owners, and the legal process can be lengthy and complicated. Therefore, it’s essential for individuals considering an asbestos lawsuit to consult with an experienced attorney who specializes in asbestos litigation to understand their rights and potential compensation.


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Joseph Lyon has 17 years of experience representing individuals in complex litigation matters. He has represented individuals in every state against many of the largest companies in the world.

The Firm focuses on single-event civil cases and class actions involving corporate neglect & fraud, toxic exposure, product defects & recalls, medical malpractice, and invasion of privacy.


The Firm offers contingency fees, advancing all costs of the litigation, and accepting the full financial risk, allowing our clients full access to the legal system while reducing the financial stress while they focus on their healthcare and financial needs.

Naval Shipyard Asbestos Toxic Exposure

Before the toxicity of asbestos was well known, it was often used in the shipbuilding industry. Asbestos is effective at resisting corrosion and high temperatures and as such was seen as an ideal material for industry. Shipbuilders used asbestos to insulate boilers, incinerators, and various internal pipes. When asbestos is disturbed it creates dust that can build up in the ships, leading to dangerous human exposure.

Now, the dangers of being exposed to asbestos and asbestos inhalation have been well-documented for decades. Illnesses from asbestos exposure may take many years to develop so it is difficult to pinpoint the full extent of the damage done to those who were exposed at Hunters Point Shipyard. Delayed symptoms and long latency periods of asbestos-related diseases have resulted in many shipyard workers being diagnosed many years after being exposed.

It may take up to 50 years after exposure for symptoms of mesothelioma or asbestosis to present themselves. This is a concern for all shipyard workers, whether they built and maintained ships designed for military or civilian use. For many years, asbestos has been in the process of being removed from ships, but the material remains on many vessels, and health problems persist.

Are Hunters Point Workers at a Heightened Risk?

Up until the 1970s, the U.S. Navy authorized the use of over 300 asbestos-containing products for shipbuilding. Hunters Point workers unknowingly inhaled asbestos dust and fibers as they built and maintained ships.

Almost anyone who worked in the shipbuilding industry in the 20th century could be at risk for asbestos exposure. Asbestos was used almost everywhere, including heavily in boiler rooms, engine rooms, and sleeping quarters. It was used as insulation, pipe covering, and used in the paint that covered ships. It is estimated that in some years about 1 in 500 shipyard workers were handling and installing asbestos insulation on a daily basis.

Exposure to asbestos at the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard was not limited to those who spent great amounts of time working on the ships. Even workers who loaded and unloaded materials at ports and dry docks may have been exposed to asbestos. Boxes, crates, pallets, packing materials, and other shipping materials often contain asbestos fibers.

Navy Shipyard Asbestos

At the height of World War II, the estimated number of naval shipyard workers could have been as high as 1.7 million. Because asbestos was a critical element in the shipbuilding industry at the time, military veterans, particularly Navy Veterans, have been especially hard-hit by exposure-related diseases.

Many veterans are eligible for disability compensation, handled by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). However, veterans must prove that their condition is asbestos-related exposure and was caused during active military service. This can be difficult. Fortunately, our law firm has experience in these matters and is standing by to help veterans who may have been exposed to asbestos.

In addition to applying for government benefits, military veterans and former shipyard workers in California can file lawsuits against negligent companies, including the manufacturers of asbestos-containing products. An estimated 30 percent of all mesothelioma lawsuits are filed by military veterans.

Joe Lyon has 17 years of experience in representing individuals in complex litigation matters. He has represented individuals in every state against some of the largest companies in the world. The Lyon Firm focuses on civil cases and class actions involving corporate negligence, fraud, exposure to toxic materials, product defects, recalls, medical malpractice, and invasion of privacy.

Contact the Lyon Firm online or by calling (513) 381-2333 to begin the legal process and your asbestos lawsuit.

The Dangers of Hunters Point Asbestos Exposure

At Hunters Point Shipyard, workers performed tasks on any number of vessels. Researchers suggest the worst exposure occurred in engine rooms, mess halls, and on painted decks. Further exposure occurred in shipways and dry docks. The following jobs also put Navy servicemen and civilians in direct contact with asbestos:

  • Shipfitters
  • Machinists
  • Pipefitters and plumbers
  • Electricians
  • Boilermakers
  • Painters

Welders and painters who worked at Hunters Point Shipyard may have held the most hazardous jobs of all. During welding operations, hazardous vapors are produced from the heating of base metals. Other fumes are released from metal coatings, finishes, and welding rods. Dangerous exposures increase greatly if welding or painting is performed in a confined space.

Asbestos-Related Illnesses and Symptoms

The potential dangers of asbestos inhalation have been known for several decades now, though the full extent of the damage to the lives and families of former workers has yet to be seen. Many former Hunters Point servicemen are treated for asbestos-related illnesses including:

  • Mesothelioma (a cancer of the tissue surrounding the lungs and other organs)
  • Lung cancer and possible cancers in other organs
  • Asbestosis (scarring of lungs)
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Kidney Cancer
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Breast Cancer
  • Leukemia

The signs and symptoms of these conditions may include the following:

  • Pain in the side of the chest or lower back
  • Shortness of breath
  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Excessive sweating
  • Fatigue
  • Weight loss
  • Trouble swallowing

If you or someone you know has worked at Hunters Point Shipyard at any point and now experience any of these illnesses or symptoms, you may have reason to bring a lawsuit for damages. Many have experienced asbestos exposure at Naval bases. The government may have failed to warn you of the serious health risks of the job. 

Contact an Experienced Asbestos Attorney

You want to ensure that you are hiring an attorney who is well-versed and experienced in handling the type of case you are bringing. Joe Lyon and associates at the Lyon Firm have achieved incredible success for their clients, including a $2.7 million dollar settlement for a woman whose husband died after being wrongfully exposed to asbestos and a $2.3 million dollar settlement for a family affected by an asbestos and mesothelioma matter.

Why Hire the Lyon Firm

Joe Lyon and the associates at the Lyon Firm have twenty years of experience in successfully representing individuals in a variety of toxic exposure claims. Asbestos lawsuits can be complicated and require industry experts to determine the root cause of the accident, illness, or injury.

Joe Lyon and the Lyon Firm are dedicated to building the strongest case possible for you and for your critical interests. When you are ready to pursue legal action, reach out to the Lyon Firm online or by calling (513) 381-2333. We are standing by to help you begin the legal process and help you achieve the justice you are entitled to under the law.

Questions about Hunters Point Shipyard Asbestos Exposure

Why is Asbestos So Toxic?

When asbestos materials break down, the fibers can become airborne, presenting a risk of inhaling or ingesting it. Asbestos is a known carcinogen that will damage cells and cause a great deal of inflammation, that lead to an increased risk of lung cancer and mesothelioma.

Where was Asbestos on navy vessels?

Asbestos was used in paint, adhesives, ship holds, engine rooms, boilers, packing materials and machinery. 

Can I File a VA Asbestos Claim?

If you were exposed to asbestos at a Navy base, and have developed cancer or a related illness, call our lawyers to initiate your rightful claim. 

Why Hire the Lyon Firm?

Resources/Dedication: The Lyon Firm has dedicated lawyers that are proud to represent veterans and civilians. We build the strongest cases possible for clients by working with the nation’s top toxic exposure experts. 

Results: Mr. Lyon has obtained numerous seven and six figure asbestos settlements.

Is There a Statute of Limitations for Asbestos Cases?

Asbestos was used on Naval shipyards and in many military installations. According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), there were many positions at shipyards that faced an increased risk of toxic exposure and many were not aware. 

Due to the latency period of 20-50 years after being first exposed to asbestos, former shipyard staff could still be diagnosed with cancer and can still apply for compensation. 

Our Victories

The Lyon Firm aggressively, professionally, and passionately advocates for injured individuals and families against companies due to asbestos exposure.