Countless military service men and women were exposed to harmful asbestos materials. Asbestos products were widely used in every military branch.
The U.S military valued the cheap and durable products for their heat resistance and fireproof capabilities, and officials mandated their use until eventually phasing the products out in the 1970s. As a result, U.S veterans run a high risk of developing asbestos-related diseases such as mesothelioma.
It is important to note that Baron and Budd does not sue the military. It was the responsibility of the asbestos companies that sold products to the military to reveal the harmful effects of their products, but they chose to hide the truth. When we represent someone who has military exposure, we pursue the companies that knowingly withheld information from the military and subsequently endangered the lives of our nation’s heroes.
Baron and Budd takes great pride in representing our nation’s veterans. We do not sue the military. We pursue the asbestos companies responsible for endangering the lives of our veterans.
The U.S. Navy
Baron and Budd represented the family of Admiral Elmo R. Zumwalt, Jr.
Members of the U.S Navy as well as workers in various shipyards were particularly at risk for mesothelioma. For decades, asbestos products were commonly used in the production of U.S Navy ships and commercial vessels. This affected a wide variety of positions within the Navy as well as many citizen shipyard workers. Those involved in any part of construction, overhaul or repair were likely exposed to asbestos. Navy veterans who served on these ships also a run high risk of exposure, which was heightened for those who worked in or near the engine room.
The U.S Navy has been the most affected military branch, with an onslaught of mesothelioma diagnoses among veterans and shipyard workers. Our firm is honored to have represented many of these veterans and takes pride in helping out these brave individuals as they battle this horrible disease. We were able to represent the family of Admiral Elmo Zumwalt, Jr., former Chief of Naval Operations, a veteran diagnosed with mesothelioma in 1999.
We seek compensation from manufacturers and suppliers of the asbestos materials used in the construction and maintenance of Navy ships. We do not sue the Navy.
Military Exposure: Baron and Budd represented a Navy veteran who was diagnosed with mesothelioma as a result of asbestos exposure during his military career and later as a machinist and operator in a Texas oil refinery. The Navy veteran received almost $2.5 million after Baron and Budd proved that the asbestos companies were responsible for his disease. View more of Baron and Budd's case results here.
The U.S Army
During much of the 20th century, the U.S Armed Forces were exposed to high levels of asbestos. The toxin was found in 32 U.S Army installations and troops were continually exposed until as late as the 1990s. Although the army discontinued use of asbestos in new barrack installations in the late 70s, toxic fibers were still present in the older installations.
Asbestos materials were used in the construction of army installations where soldiers worked, ate and slept. The heat-resistant products were found in virtually every part of their quarters, from the cement foundation and flooring to the roofing and plumbing system. The installations underwent an environmental cleanup in the late 1990s, but the effects of asbestos exposure continue to surface.
If you served in the U.S Army and participated in duties such as pipefitting, mining, milling, shipyard work, insulation work, demolition of old buildings, carpentry and construction, roofing and flooring installation, and the manufacturing of friction products, you may have been exposed to asbestos.
We have represented the interests of several U.S Army veterans and have fought against asbestos companies responsible for their exposure. Baron and Budd does not sue the U.S Army. We know who is really to blame for the asbestos crisis, and we are willing to fight for what you may deserve.
The U.S Air Force
Like the rest of the Military, Air Force veterans are at risk for mesothelioma due to asbestos exposure during their service. Because of its heat resistance and durability, asbestos was commonly used in the construction of bases, in radar stations and inside planes.
The Center for Disease Control conducted an Air Force Facility study in 2012 that found asbestos in the floor tile and vinyl flooring, pipe insulation, ceiling tiles, drywall, stucco and asbestos cement (transite) wall insulation. Asbestos was heavily used in the construction of planes and has been found in brakes, cockpit heating systems, heat shields for engines, torque valves, gaskets, electrical wiring and insulation.
The Air Force has gone to great lengths to remove the threat of asbestos from its facilities. For example, the military branch removed 6,000 feet of above ground asbestos-coated stem pipeline at the former Chanute Air Force Base in 2009. But such measures have not completely removed the threat of asbestos exposure, and veterans are urged to watch for symptoms of mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases.
The U.S Marines
U.S Marine Corps veterans have also been subject to asbestos exposure from the ships, airplanes and armored vehicles used to transport them as a part of their training. Marines spent long periods of time aboard ships that used asbestos products in many of its construction materials. Veterans were constantly around the toxic material, as it was found around pipes for insulation, in the housing, dining and sleeping quarters as well as engine and boiler rooms.
The Marines share many facilities with the Navy, the most asbestos-affected branch in the military. Marines have also been greatly affected, with many being diagnosed with mesothelioma as a result of this exposure.
Marine veterans were also exposed to asbestos from the military installations, or barracks, used often for housing, food halls and workstations. Asbestos could be found in the flooring tiles, ceiling and roofing materials, and insulation used to keep the installations warm. Although the military banned the use of asbestos in the mid-1970s, many vehicles, ships and installations remained in use for years.
Our firm has represented many veterans who have been unjustly exposed to asbestos and subsequently diagnosed with mesothelioma or other asbestos-related disease. We go after the companies responsible for producing the harmful carcinogens, not the U.S military.