There are untold number of U.S. veterans who were exposed to asbestos during their years of service in the Navy, the Army, the Air Force, the Marines, and the Coast Guard. No matter what branch of service, they were likely to have worked in buildings that used asbestos in their construction, been transported in vehicles that used it in their fabrication and parts, and even been clothed in uniforms that used asbestos as part of their protective insulating layer. Though the use of the carcinogenic material has been discontinued today, the military’s extensive use of asbestos has led to veterans making up approximately one third of all mesothelioma victims. For those who have not yet been diagnosed, every cough and pain triggers a sense of fear and alarm. That is one of the reasons that researchers are working so diligently to find better ways to diagnose this rare and fatal form of cancer.
Though there has been no cure found for the treatment of mesothelioma, there is evidence that the earlier it is diagnosed, the more effective treatment can be and the longer a patient’s survival time can be. That is why studies like the one recently announced in the journal Cellular Oncology are so encouraging. Researchers examining the use of pleural effusions in diagnosing disease have found that those patients who do have pleural mesothelioma have a higher number of a specific type of cells within both the pleural effusion and peripheral blood found in their lung cavities, and this discovery may lead to both faster diagnosis and treatment and more accurate ability to provide patients with a prognosis of their particular situation.
When veterans have been diagnose with mesothelioma, they have a number of important decisions that they need to make, including what type of treatment they should pursue, whether to pursue legal action against the asbestos companies that provided the military with the asbestos-contaminated parts, or whether to simply file a claim against the asbestos bankruptcy trusts that have been set up to provide compensation to those who have been most affected. If you are uncertain as to which course of action is best for you, our mesothelioma professionals can help. Contact us today at 1-800-726-7245 to learn more about the support we can provide to those who have served.
Veterans of America’s military service are disproportionately represented among the country’s mesothelioma victims. According to experts, roughly one out of every three mesothelioma patients served in the military, with the majority having served in the U.S. Navy. There is good reason for this: the Navy’s ships as well as most of the military’s other forms of transportation, weaponry, administrative buildings and other supplies were fabricated using asbestos, the mineral that is the single identified cause of this rare and fatal form of cancer. Living in close quarters in these environments and working with these contaminated materials on a daily basis, our service men and women were breathing in asbestos fibers constantly.
Most of those who have been diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma do not have their disease identified until they are in their “golden years”. This is because the condition has a long latency period. It takes decades before the symptoms of the disease begin to appear, and often takes additional time for mesothelioma to be diagnosed. This means that by the time doctors and patients know what they are dealing with, the mesothelioma tumors have often spread and are extremely difficult to treat effectively. Most patients die within two years of being diagnosed.
In light of this, and facing the often difficult and debilitating treatment options available, veterans with mesothelioma find themselves questioning whether it makes sense to pursue an aggressive medical battle. Many opt for the medical treatments that will provide them with the greatest pain relief, leaving them to enjoy the time they have left with a higher quality of life rather than quantity.
When veterans with mesothelioma make this choice, their family members need to continue offering them support and love. These men and women have already faced enough battles during their years of service. If they are choosing peace in their final days, the decision deserves respect.
In addition to respect and admiration, veterans diagnosed with mesothelioma and other asbestos related diseases may be entitled to compensation for the harm that has been done to them. For more information about the benefits that may be available to you, contact us today at 1-800-726-7245 to set up a free consultation. We are here to help you through this difficult time.
Victims of mesothelioma aren’t among those you’d usually expect to be celebrating National Cancer Survivor’s Day: after all, the rare form of cancer is always considered a fatal diagnosis. But according to Dr. Namrata Patel, Medical Director of New York Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital’s Cheryl R. Lindenbaum Comprehensive Cancer Center (and an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center, survivorship means more than just going into remission. “The term is commonly thought of as being ‘disease free’ following the treatment of cancer,” he says. “But in reality, it refers to anyone with cancer from diagnosis through treatment and beyond. Survivorship also takes into consideration the people surrounding the patient – spouses, family members, friends and caregivers – who are all affected and play a role in the patient’s health and wellbeing.”
Based on that definition, it’s no wonder that veterans who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma take the opportunity for recognition at this global event. They are already deserving of recognition for having provided service to their country, and are even more entitled to our admiration and support for what they are now having to endure.
One of the most challenging aspects of a mesothelioma diagnosis is the simple knowledge that the condition was entirely preventable, and that companies that supplied the military used asbestos in the fabrication of their parts and equipment. In many cases the manufacturers were well aware of the dangers posed by the carcinogenic material, yet chose profits over people, hoping that their acts would never be discovered. When the facts were revealed about their having willfully ignored the dangers of the mineral, many have been held legally responsible for the damages that they’ve caused.
If you are a veteran who has been diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma, you may be eligible for compensation for the damages you’ve suffered. We are here to help you understand your options and facilitate your getting the benefits you deserve. Contact us today at 1-800-726-7245 to speak to a friendly advisor who can give you the information you need.
When a veteran is diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma, they have to face a number of harsh realities and make some important decisions. In addition to finding the right physician and treatment protocol, they also need to think about protecting their family’s future, and this often means filing a mesothelioma lawsuit against those responsible. Though veterans are often able to secure generous jury awards from those who exposed them to asbestos, their path to justice is often complicated by asbestos companies claiming that they are exempt from legal responsibility because they were providing materials needed by the government. The justice system has largely dismissed these claims and overruled these arguments, but that doesn’t make them any less frustrating. A similar situation arose recently in a Pennsylvania court room involving a school teacher who was exposed to asbestos in her classroom. The school district argued that they were immune from prosecution because of their position as a government entity, but the court struck down their argument and the case will proceed.
The case in question involved Mrs. Marianne M. Geier, who died of malignant mesothelioma in 2016. She was diagnosed with the disease in 2013, and specifically remembered that during the single year that she taught math at the South High School in the Pittsburgh School District, she had a floor-to-ceiling steam pipe in her classroom that was covered with a protective fitting. That fitting and other areas of the school building required repairs, and the school hallways were frequently littered with bags of asbestos joint compound. She also remembered that the asbestos would get on her clothes and desk during the school year. The school argued that there are only a few exemptions that would allow them – as a government entity – to be held responsible for her illness and that those exemptions did not apply.
Upon hearing both sides of the argument, the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania decided against the school district and in favor of the deceased and her family. The case will proceed and the victims will be able to pursue the justice and compensation that they deserve.
It is easy to be intimidated by the idea of a legal battle against a big company or organization, but veterans who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma have the law on their side. With the help of an experienced mesothelioma attorney, you can pursue justice and financial compensation that will secure your family’s financial future. Call the attorneys at Veterans Mesothelioma Benefits Center today. Call us today at 1-800-726-7245