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Reviewing Ingalls Mesothelioma & Lung Cancer Claims

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representing plaintiffs in Litton Industries and Ingalls Shipyard asbestos exposure, Mesothelioma & Lung Cancer Claims

Since 1938, Ingalls Shipbuilding workers have had an elevated risk of occupational toxic exposure that may have later led to a cancer diagnosis. It is likely that many shipyard workers had close contact to dangerous levels of asbestos and other known toxic materials, increasing their chances of developing lung disease and mesothelioma cancer.

Ingalls Shipbuilding was tasked with meeting a great need for Navy vessels during World War II. Thousands of men and women came to work on the docks before and after the war. When the war ended, the shipyard continued construction of naval ships as well as nuclear-powered submarines.

A comprehensive study published by the Ulster Medical Society concluded that shipyard workers had an asbestosis mortality rate much greater than other industrial occupations, primarily due to the poor ventilation and amount of toxins on the work sites. Many thousands of Ingalls shipyard workers—as well as others in the region—have been diagnosed with related illnesses as a result of prolonged asbestos exposure.

In 2021, the International Journal of Environmental Health Research published a review of the asbestos cancer risk among seamen. Shipyard workers were at high cancer risk, and those living on the ships even more so. 

Former Ingalls Shipbuilding Workers have been diagnosed with mesothelioma cancer, lung cancer, asbestosis, pulmonary fibrosis and other asbestos-related conditions. 

Joe Lyon is an asbestos cancer lawyer representing former shipyard workers and veterans nationwide in mesothelioma and lung cancer claims.

Was I Exposed to Asbestos at Ingalls?

Civilian ships and naval vessels were often filled with toxic materials. Asbestos was one of those hazardous materials, and was used liberally due to corrosion-resistant durable properties. 

Asbestos was used in sleeping quarters, boilers, engine rooms, and even in the paint coating the vessels. Toxic dust would built up in ship holds and exposure was essentially inescapable, no matter how workers tried to protect themselves.

The Navy used hundreds of asbestos-containing products for shipbuilding and naval outfitting. Only many year later did health and medical professionals recognize the potential toxicity of the materials.


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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.

Were All Ingalls Workers at High Cancer Risk?

It was not easy to work in the shipbuilding industry and not face a risk of serious injury or illness. Toxic materials were everywhere and workers really had no idea where and when they might be facing exposure. 

Asbestos was used in boiler rooms, engine rooms and was used to insulate large areas of ships. Navy Veterans have been diagnosed with an inordinate number of toxic exposure related occupational lung diseases. Navy vets are eligible for disability compensation, handled by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and can also file personal injury claims to benefit from the many asbestos trust funds that have been established to compensate victims. 

Not only veterans, but any former shipyard worker can file a lawsuit against negligent companies, including the manufacturers of asbestos-containing products. 

A 2017 report published in Archives of Environmental & Occupational Health  concludes that shipyard workers exposed to a moderate amount of asbestos are almost four times more likely to die of mesothelioma cancer. Many workers at Ingalls would fall into this moderate to heavy exposure category.

The Dangers of Shipyard Asbestos

How Are Shipbuilding Workers Exposure to Asbestos?

Some Ingalls Shipyard workers, some who have worked under Northrop Grumman Corporation or Litton Industries, performed tasks on any number and variety 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 positions  put shipyard workers in direct contact with asbestos:

  • Shipfitters
  • Machinists
  • Pipefitters & Plumbers
  • Electricians
  • Boilermakers
  • Painters
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    A Voice for Those who have suffered
    Can I File an Asbestos Cancer Claim?

    If you have been diagnosed with cancer or a disabling lung disease after your Naval service or as a civilian worker in a shipyard, contact our legal to team to discuss your legal options. Settlements are likely for any individual able to prove their work history and cancer diagnoses. 


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    Questions about Ingalls Shipyard Asbestos Exposure

    Is Asbestos Really That Toxic?

    Yes. Asbestos still exists in many instillations, and it is important that it remains contained because when it breaks down the toxic fibers can become airborne, presenting an inhalation and ingestion risk. Asbestos is a proven cancer-causing agent. 

    Can I File an Occupational Cancer Claim?

    If you think you were exposed to asbestos during your time at work or as a Naval serviceman, and have developed a related illness, you can qualify for compensation for damages and medical expenses. 

    Why Hire the Lyon Firm

    Joe Lyon is an experienced VA Asbestos Cancer Lawyer. The Lyon Firm has 20 years of experience and success representing victims in all fifty states. Asbestos claims can be complex but Mr. Lyon works with experts nationwide to assist individuals understand why an injury occurred and what can be done to get compensated for their losses. 

    The Lyon Firm is dedicated to building the strongest cases possible for clients and their critical interests.

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

    Your Right to Safety

    Asbestos was found in almost every shipyard across the US at one point. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has said there were numerous positions and tasks that could expose veterans and shipyard workers to asbestos. 

    Our Victories

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


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