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Aircraft workers

Exposed to asbestos at their workplace

In this industry, asbestos was mainly used for insulating electrical components on planes and other aircraft but its use was extended to brake pads and adhesives. By performing maintenance work around these machines, people were exposed to asbestos fibers when they needed to change damaged wiring or engine components where asbestos was found in a friable state making it easy to crumble and release particles around the workers.

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Concerning the brake pads, they suffered extensive damage on the outer layer where asbestos was found and when it was time to replace them, the worker was in direct contact with the asbestos dust gathered there. An additional risk was found when parts glued to the airplane needed to be removed. In this process, the deteriorated adhesives would release microscopic asbestos particles in the worker’s environment.

The diseases related to asbestos exposure were proven to have grim repercussions on the unfortunate people that have worked on these sites. And what’s worse is that the symptoms of diseases like mesothelioma or asbestosis develop in 10 to 40 years and failing to get a proper diagnosis in time leads to fatal results.

Aircraft workers were also present in the military, being responsible for inspecting, servicing and repairing the equipment of the aircraft. They would troubleshoot and maintain the structure and the engine of aircraft, as well as other components, such as weapons and electronic warfare. Since numerous aircraft components were manufactured with asbestos before 1980, people who served in the military are now at high risk of developing a serious disease as a result of exposure. For this reason, we strongly advice veterans to undergo periodical medical examination, as they may unknowingly struggle with a disease such as asbestosis, lung cancer or pulmonary fibrosis. Veterans who served in the U.S. Air Force and the Navy were inevitable exposed to asbestos between 1920 and 1980.

Relevant job titles

  • engineman
  • engine apprentice
  • aircraft service technician
  • aircraft mechanic
  • aircraft servicer
  • aircraft interiors technician
  • aviation fire control technician
  • aircraft painter
  • cargo agent
  • final assembly mechanic
  • fuel tank mechanic
  • ground service agent
  • overhaul and repair mechanic
  • ramp agent
  • heavy equipment mechanic
  • maintenance mechanic
  • jet engine mechanic
  • aircraft handler
  • fuel specialist

The companies that exposed aircraft workers to asbestos during the last century are the following:

  • Piper Aircraft Corporation

Asbestos secondary exposure?

People exposed through spouse, husband, parent, relative.

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Diseases contracted after asbestos exposure in aircraft workers

If you are diagnosed with a cancerous disease, you or a family member will deal with our staff over the phone and via emails ONLY, no need to travel at all. If you pass away before or during the process, surviving family members will receive the amount awarded by the claims.

Lung Cancer Mesothelioma Throat Cancer Esophageal Cancer Bronchial Cancer Gastrointestinal Cancer Colorectal Cancer

If you receive the diagnosis of a noncancerous disease, we will need to do more testing (X-rays, breathing and blood tests) done at our medical facility in Birmingham, Alabama, where you will be accurately diagnosed.

AsbestosisPulmonary FibrosisPleural PlaquesPleural EffusionDiffuse Pleural ThickeningCOPDEmphysemaChronic BronchitisPleurisyLung NodulesLung SpotsAsthmaTuberculosisPneumonitisHistoplasmosisRounded AtelectasisLung Scarring Bladder Cancer

Labor union members are also eligible

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How can we help aircraft workers who were exposed to asbestos?

If you believe that you have been subjected to asbestos exposure in your line of work, get in contact with our team of lawyers so you can get examined in the shortest time possible and see what your legal options are.

Knowing that your health has been affected as an aircraft worker, you can start searching for justice and we are here to help you obtain it. Having extensive experience in similar cases to yours, we will gather the information needed, submit the legal documents and file claims with the asbestos trust funds. Our lawyers will also submit a claim to the VA if your asbestos exposure occurred while serving in the U.S. Air Force.

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