Between the late 1920s and 1975, many of the ships used by the merchant marines contained large amounts of asbestos for fireproofing and insulation. When the asbestos materials onboard merchant marine ships were disturbed, they could cause asbestos fibers to become airborne. Because asbestos is extremely toxic, inhaling or ingesting these fibers could lead to mesothelioma, asbestosis, or lung cancer.
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What’s the problem?
Merchant vessels are essential to everyday life in America. Each day, ships depart from the country’s many ports to deliver goods to other countries. In addition, other merchant vessels arrive at our nation’s ports with items from other countries that have become essential to our well-being. Tankers carry petroleum for our refineries and other large vessels tote coal or iron ore. Also, in time of war, the military largely depends on ships to bring them the supplies they need, no matter where they’re stationed.
As if wartime dangers aren’t perilous enough in and of themselves, most merchant mariners are also at great risk for contracting mesothelioma and other diseases, primarily because material used to insulate military ship boilers and piping contained (and sometimes still contains) asbestos. Therefore, those who interact directly with the vessels’ onboard machinery, piping, engines, boilers and furnaces are especially susceptible to developing a deadly asbestos cancer disease such as mesothelioma,lung cancer and asbestosis. More specifically, the engineers who install, repair and run the engines, generators, boilers, pipes and pumps, and the oilers and QMED’s who lubricate the machinery are at greater risk than the pilots, sailors and officers and mates who generally have more of a navigational role about the ship.
Do I have a Mesothelioma Lawsuit?
The Toxic Tort Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus exclusively on the representation of plaintiffs in asbestos-related mesothelioma lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new cases in all 50 states.