Veterans diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma are at particular risk for depression, and a new study from Ohio State University has indicated that left untreated, this depression can plan a significant role in their long-term outlook. Continue reading
Victor Coffin’s lifetime of serving his country should have led to a retirement enjoying his gold years, but instead the former Navy aviation electrician and railroad employee has spent the last few years battling malignant mesothelioma. His illness has left him so debilitated that he was unable to help his wife during her final months. Now he is pursuing legal action against the asbestos companies that he blames for his illness. Continue reading
Veterans of the military are at high risk for malignant mesothelioma as a result of their exposure to asbestos during the time of their service. Living in barracks or onboard ships insulated with the carcinogen, working in boiler rooms or replacing brake linings, even wearing asbestos-contaminated protective clothing exposed members of the Armed Forces to microscopic asbestos fibers. Now research has confirmed that in addition to those known risks, the use of talc-based powders can also lead to the rare and fatal disease. This is of particular concern to veterans who used these powders in their shoes and on their bodies to increase their comfort while serving their country. Continue reading
Linda Hammell spent 46 years married to her husband Arthur, and when he died of malignant mesothelioma she carried on his lawsuit against Foster Wheeler Energy Corporation, seeking justice on behalf of the Navy veteran. Despite objections and a motion to dismiss from the asbestos company, the United States District Court of New Jersey will allow the case to proceed so that a jury can decide the facts of the case. Continue reading
If you are a veteran you are eligible for numerous valuable benefits from the VA, and if you were diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma caused by exposure to asbestos during your service, those benefits include access to the medical care you need to treat this dangerous disease. Unfortunately, not every veteran lives close enough to a VA facility to access those services. Historically, this has put them in a difficult position, forced to choose between traveling to a faraway VA or paying locally for the type of care that their illness demands. But under a recent shift in policy, those who are eligible for healthcare through the VA and who don’t live close enough to a VA facility offering the services they need are able to take advantage of Non-VA medical care. Continue reading
In 2018, Navy veteran John Dale Wineland succumbed to malignant mesothelioma, and his family began their quest for justice on his behalf. They filed personal injury lawsuits against the many companies that provided asbestos-contaminated equipment installed on the USS Tuscaloosa, on which he served. It has taken two years for the case to make its way through the legal process, and potential witnesses that had been tough to track down were only located close to the discovery deadline. Though the defendants in the case moved to bar their testimony, U.S. District Judge Robert S. Lasnik denied their motion, allowing them to speak on behalf of their late comrade.
When malignant mesothelioma strikes its impact is not limited to the victim. The grief and loss of the diagnosis extends to their spouse, their children, and any other family and friends that must witness their decline in their health, their pain, and their eventual death. When veterans are diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma, their family has the support of the military community, as well as access to special benefits that the Department of Veteran Affairs extends to them. For others, even getting compensation for the negligent exposure that they suffered represents a significant battle. Such was the case for the survivors of Robert Casey. Continue reading
Veterans of America’s Armed Forces are well aware of the dangers of asbestos: it has led to diagnoses of malignant mesothelioma and other diseases in them and their comrades for decades. So when the news broke that hundreds of bags of asbestos were stowed in trailers in a Long Island backyard, people were rightly concerned.
It is all too common for a veteran to be diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma and to have multiple exposures to asbestos that they can point to. Though there is little doubt as to whether there was asbestos present during their years in the service, many moved on from the service and worked in environments where asbestos contaminated materials were used, and both employers and asbestos product companies work hard to avoid legal liability for that subsequent exposure. Fortunately, the courts have adopted procedures and standards that allow justice to prevail. Continue reading
John W. Pruitt, Sr. is a Navy veteran who was diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma in May of 2018. He blames his illness on asbestos exposure that he suffered during the years that he served as a machinist mate, and filed a personal injury lawsuit against several of the companies whose equipment he either worked with or in close proximity to. His case recently came before the United States District Court in Delaware because four of the companies filed a motion to have the cases against them dismissed. Though two of them were successful, two were not and he will be able to proceed with his case against them.