Airmen/airman apprentices

Exposed to asbestos at their workplace

As a rating present in the U.S. Air Forces, airmen were responsible with repairing, maintaining and stowing aircraft and other related equipment to prepare flight operations, performing ground and deck tasks concerning the take-off and landing of aircraft and standing as security watches on flight lines or decks. Because of the numerous asbestos products which were present on aircraft during the last century, airmen have a considerable risk of developing a serious disease today.

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The duties of airmen mostly concerned providing assistance and support to various functions, from weather forecasting to maintenance of records and files, repairing and maintaining aircraft and related equipment to ensure safe flight operations, and serving as members of crash crews and security alert teams. Since they both handled and were surrounded by asbestos products, their risk of developing a terrible disease is significant. Other responsibilities of airmen included working with qualified military personnel to gain job training and experience, performing ground and deck duties with regard to the take-off and landing of aircraft, and participate in Naval ceremonies.

In charge of maintaining, repairing, and stowing aircraft to prepare for various flight operations, working with qualified personnel to gain job training and experience and performing ground and deck duties concerning the take-off and landing of aircraft, airman apprentices were part of the U.S. Air Forces along with airmen. The abilities they must have to perform these duties include curiosity, physical strength, good memory, resourcefulness, manual dexterity, and normal color perception. Similarly to airmen, they were exposed to asbestos both by handling dangerous products themselves and by performing their job in a contaminated environment.

Relevant job titles

  • aviation electronics technician
  • aircrewman
  • air traffic controller
  • aviation antisubmarine warfare operator
  • airman apprentice
  • naval aircrewman
  • tank sealer


Filing a claim with asbestos trust funds does not disqualify you from disability compensation from the VA.

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Diseases contracted after asbestos exposure in airmen/airman apprentices

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 SpotsAsthmaTuberculosisPneumonitisRounded AtelectasisLung Scarring Bladder Cancer

Companies that exposed airmen/airman apprentices to asbestos

How can we help airmen/airman apprentices who were exposed to asbestos?

The main area of practice of our law firm is asbestos exposure. Our attorneys have been pursuing compensation for victims of asbestos exposure, including veterans, for the last 30 years. If you served in the military under the rating of airman and you are now struggling with a debilitating disease, please contact us as soon as possible. After you provide us with your military and medical records, our legal experts will promptly take over and build a strong case against the liable parties. We will file a claim both with the asbestos trust funds of the companies which manufactured the products you were exposed to and with the VA to recover the maximum amount of compensation you are eligible for. However, it is important to keep in mind that asbestos exposure cases have a statute of limitations of 3 years which, if exceeded, you can no longer benefit from the money you deserve. Therefore, it is recommended to take legal action immediately.