A Navy veteran currently living in the state of Arizona has filed an asbestos cancer lawsuit against several manufacturing companies, including CBS corporation. The lawsuit accuses them of having negligently exposed him to asbestos, a known carcinogen that contaminated their products. He is asking a New York court to hold the companies financially responsible for their failure to provide warnings about the dangers that working with their products posed to him and to others.
The veteran’s claim indicates that the companies whose products were contaminated with asbestos are directly responsible for his asbestos lung cancer. He cites his record of service in the Navy between 1953 and 1974, during which time he worked at different shipyards and on nine different ships as a machinist mate. The claim is being filed in the New York Asbestos Litigation court because much of his service took place in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Though he later worked at Eastman Kodak in Rochester, New York, at Motorola and later at the Palo Verde nuclear power plant in Arizona, there is no indication of asbestos exposure at any of those workplace environments.
Much of the testimony in the Navy veteran’s asbestos lung cancer lawsuit will revolve around his medical condition and medical history. Though he admits to having been a smoker, he quit nearly twenty years ago. His diagnosis indicates that his lungs contain calcified pleural plaques and asbestos plaques, which likely formed after he inhaled asbestos fibers as a result of having worked in close proximity to so many asbestos-contaminated products. He also indicates that the disease has metastasized to his spine and glands, indicating that his disease is advanced. Asbestos plaques take decades to form and asbestos-related diseases are known for their extremely long latency period.
Navy veterans represent a large proportion of asbestos victims because the U.S. Armed Forces requested that the material be incorporated in so many applications in order to provide strength and fire resistance. Though the administration was unaware that asbestos was dangerous, the same cannot be said for the companies that provided these materials, and that is why there have been so many successful asbestos lawsuits claimed against them. If you are a veteran and you need any information about accessing benefits or what your rights are, contact us today at 1-800-726-7245.