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Veterans of Mare Island Shipyard have a right to file a toxic exposure claim and file for VA disability after falling ill with a number of conditions. Filing a personal injury claim in addition to a VA claim is prudent, and may require the assistance of an attorney. Contact our legal team to review your case. 

Vets make up about a third of new mesothelioma cancer cases because millions of American servicemen were stationed and worked in areas with a large amount of asbestos. 

Why were Navy veterans at high risk? Because the Navy used asbestos to fireproof ships and shipyards. All Navy veterans were at risk of exposure because asbestos products were so widely used on Naval vessels. 

Navy personnel who performed maintenance and repaired equipment, pipes and pumps faced the highest levels of exposure. Welders, pipefitters and laggers were at serious risk.

What Kind of Settlement Can You Obtain From a Mare Island Asbestos Lawsuit?

The settlement that a Mare Island Navy veteran or their family can obtain from an asbestos lawsuit can vary widely based on several factors. Asbestos lawsuits typically arise from exposure to asbestos-containing products that resulted in asbestos-related illnesses, such as mesothelioma, lung cancer, or asbestosis.

Here are some factors that can influence the settlement amount:

  1. Type and Severity of Illness: The type and severity of the asbestos-related illness will significantly impact the potential settlement. Diseases like mesothelioma, which is directly linked to asbestos exposure, can result in higher settlements due to their severity and poor prognosis.

  2. Liability and Negligence: To obtain a settlement, it must be established that the exposure was due to the negligence of a specific party or company. The more compelling the evidence of negligence, the stronger the case for a settlement.

  3. Settlement vs. Trial: Many asbestos cases are settled out of court, and the terms of the settlement can vary. In some instances, cases may go to trial, which can lead to jury awards or court-ordered settlements.

It’s essential to consult with an attorney who specializes in asbestos litigation to assess the specifics of your case and determine the potential settlement amount. Settlements can range from thousands to millions of dollars, depending on these factors.

It’s important to note that asbestos lawsuits are often filed against asbestos manufacturers, suppliers, or employers who were negligent in protecting individuals from asbestos exposure.

What Does a Navy Asbestos Exposure Attorney Do for Your Case?

A Navy asbestos exposure attorney plays a crucial role in helping Navy veterans and their families pursue legal claims related to asbestos-related illnesses.

Here are some of the key tasks and responsibilities of an attorney specializing in Navy asbestos exposure cases:

  • Investigation: Your attorney will gather evidence to support your claim. This may include medical records, employment history, military service records, and other documents related to your asbestos exposure.

  • Negotiation: Attorneys will often negotiate with the defendants or their insurers to reach a settlement before the case goes to trial. They will work to secure a fair and just compensation for your injuries.

  • Litigation: If a settlement cannot be reached or is not in your best interest, your attorney will represent you in court. They will present your case, call witnesses, and argue on your behalf before a judge and/or jury.

It’s important to consult with a qualified attorney who specializes in asbestos litigation, as these cases can be complex due to the long latency period between exposure and illness and the involvement of multiple parties. An experienced attorney can help you navigate the legal process and maximize your chances of obtaining fair compensation for asbestos-related illnesses.

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Why are these cases important?

Filing VA cancer claims will compensate veterans for the losses and damages associated with an illness contracted serving America. Our lawyers will get you the maximum payout from the VA and asbestos trusts funds. 

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Questions about Mare Island & Navy Asbestos
What is asbestos, and why was it used in Navy ships?

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral known for its heat and fire-resistant properties. It was widely used in Navy ships for insulation, fireproofing, and soundproofing due to its effectiveness in high-heat environments.

What health risks are associated with asbestos exposure?

Asbestos exposure can lead to serious health conditions, including mesothelioma, lung cancer, asbestosis, and other respiratory illnesses.

Who can file a lawsuit for Navy asbestos exposure?

Navy veterans, shipyard workers, and civilians who were exposed to asbestos during their work in or around Navy ships and facilities may be eligible to file a lawsuit.

Can I file a lawsuit if I’ve already been compensated through Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits?

Yes, you can pursue a lawsuit even if you’ve received VA benefits. Compensation from a lawsuit is separate from VA benefits and can provide additional financial relief.

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