Untold numbers of men and women who served in the military were exposed to dangerous materials containing asbestos. In every military branch, products containing asbestos were widely used.
Because asbestos products were durable and cheap, as well as fireproof and highly resistant to heat, the U.S. military placed a high value on them. As a result, these products were generally used until they were eventually phased out in the 1970s. Due to the insistence by the military on using products containing asbestos, U.S. veterans are highly susceptible to developing mesothelioma and other diseases related to asbestos.
It is very important that we make it perfectly clear that the national law firm of Baron and Budd does not pursue litigation against the U.S. military. Rather, we pursue companies that manufactured products containing asbestos and sold them to the military. It was their responsibility to disclose that the products contained asbestos, a known human carcinogen; however, they instead chose to hide these dangers. When we represent a man or woman who was exposed to asbestos while serving in the military, we sue companies that willingly withheld information from the military, and by doing so, but the lives of the people defending our nation at risk.
The U.S. Navy
The national law firm of Baron and Budd represented the family of Admiral Elmo R. Zumwalt, Jr.
An onslaught of mesothelioma diagnoses occurred among shipyard workers and veterans, making the Navy the military branch most affected by the disease. We have proudly represented many of these veterans, and we are honored to assist these brave men and women as they fight this terrible disease. We also represented former Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Elmo Zumwalt, Jr., who in 1999 was diagnosed with mesothelioma.
It is, however, important to note that we do not sue the U.S. Navy. Instead, we work to obtain compensation from the suppliers and manufacturers of materials containing asbestos that were used in the maintenance and construction of Navy ships.
Mesothelioma lawyers with Baron and Budd represented a naval veteran who had been diagnosed with the disease. He developed mesothelioma due to exposure to asbestos during both his military career and later while working as an operator and machinist in an oil refinery in Texas. After we were able to prove that asbestos companies were responsible for his disease, the Navy veteran received almost $2.5 million. View more of Baron and Budd's case results here.
The U.S Air Force
Veterans of the United States Air Force are, like veterans who served in other branches of the military, susceptible to developing mesothelioma due to exposure to asbestos. A material that was prized due to its durability and resistance to heat, asbestos can be found not only inside planes, but was also used in the construction of radar stations and bases.
In 2012, the Centers for Disease Control conducted a study of Air Force facilities. Its findings were frightening. The study not only found asbestos in stucco and asbestos cement (transit) wall insulation, but also vinyl flooring, floor tile, drywall, ceiling tiles and pipe insulation.
In recent years, the Air Force has devoted a great deal of resources and effort in removing asbestos from its different facilities. In 2009, for instance, the Air Force took about 6,000 feet of above-ground stem pipeline coated with asbestos at the former Chanute Air Force Base. As extensive as these types of measures have been, however, the threat of asbestos exposure has not been completely eliminated. As such, veterans are urged to be alert for symptoms of asbestos-related diseases such as mesothelioma.
The U.S Army
Members of the United States Army were exposed to dangerously high levels of asbestos through much of the 20th century. As recently as the late 1990s, troops were continually exposed to the toxin, which was found in 32 Army installations. Older installations still contain toxic fibers, even through the Army stopped using asbestos in the construction of new barracks in the late 1970s.
Soldiers ate, slept and worked in installations built using materials using asbestos. This carcinogen was found in virtually every part of the quarters, from the plumbing system to the roofing, flooring and even the cement foundation. Although these installations were cleaned up in the late 1990s, the effects of exposure to asbestos can still be felt today.
These are just some of the duties in which soldiers may have been directly exposed to asbestos.
- Demolition of old buildings
- Flooring installation
- Insulation work
- Manufacturing of friction products
- Roofing installation
- Shipyard work
We have fought passionately against asbestos companies on behalf of several U.S. Army veterans. At Baron and Budd, we don’t sue the United States Army. Instead, we take action against those who are really to blame for the asbestos crisis, fighting for those we represent and working to help them get what they deserve.
The U.S Marines
Veterans who served in the United States Marine Corps who worked on airplanes, armored vehicles or ships may have also been exposed to asbestos. Asbestos was used in the construction of the ships that transported many Marines, who may have remained on those ships for long periods of time. Marines were continually exposed to this carcinogen, which was found in the quarters in which they slept and ate, their housing, in boiler and engine rooms, and even in the insulation around pipes.
As you’ll see in the following section, the Navy is the military branch most affected by asbestos exposure – and the Marines share several facilities with the Navy. As a result, many Marines have been diagnosed with mesothelioma due to exposure to asbestos. In addition, Marines were exposed to asbestos found in their barracks, workstations and food halls. This toxic material was located in ceiling and roofing materials, insulation used to keep various installations warm, as well as in flooring tiles. Ships, vehicles and installations containing asbestos were used for years, even though the military banned the use of the toxin in the mid 1970s.
Many veterans who have been exposed to asbestos have subsequently been diagnosed with asbestos-related diseases such as mesothelioma. While we do not sue the U.S. military, we do represent veterans by taking action against the companies responsible for making products that contain this toxic material.