In the U.S. Navy, damage controlmen act as maintenance and emergency repair specialists. They are responsible for damage control, ship stability, firefighting, fire prevention and chemical, biological and radiological warfare defense. Damage controlmen are also in charge of training shipboard personnel in the operation, maintenance and repair of damage control systems and equipment and life saving devices. Since they had to perform maintenance and repair work to numerous components of various equipment, damage controlmen were exposed to asbestos to a great extent, which places this military rating at high risk of developing a serious disease in the future.
As a damage controlman, one was responsible for operating, repairing and maintaining firefighting systems and equipment, damage control equipment and chemical, biological and radiological defense equipment, performing emergency repairs to decks, structures and hulls by pipe patching, plugging and shoring and training the ship’s military personnel in chemical, biological and radiological defense. They were also in charge of serving as the ship’s fire marshals and firefighting leaders. Asbestos exposure was high in this U.S. Navy rating, since damage controlmen often handled asbestos products without any protective equipment when they would perform maintenance and repair work. The rating of damage controlman is relatively new, dating back to 1948.
Relevant job titles
ship survivability systems maintainer
ship survivability systems technician
fire control technician
maintenance and repair worker
Filing a claim with asbestos trust funds does not disqualify you from disability compensation from the VA.
Diseases contracted after asbestos exposure in damage controlmen
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.
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.
During the last century, military ships would carry over 300 different asbestos products, which made exposure inevitable for anyone who was serving aboard. Consequently, damage controlmen are no exception, as they came in direct contact with multiple asbestos products when performing maintenance and repair work on various systems and equipment. These are the asbestos products they would most frequently encounter while serving in the U.S. Navy.
How can we help damage controlmen who were exposed to asbestos?
If you served aboard military ships as a damage controlman and are now struggling with a disease as a result of asbestos exposure, we strongly encourage you to contact our attorneys, who specialize in this area of practice. Our law firm has 30 years of experience in pursuing compensation for veterans injured by asbestos exposure and we will gladly help you as well. All you have to do is give us a call, explain your situation to one of our lawyers and provide our legal experts with your military and medical records as proof of asbestos exposure and related diagnosis. Subsequently, we will file a claim with both asbestos trust funds and the VA so that you can benefit from the maximum amount of money you are eligible for. Eventually, you will receive the financial compensation you deserve, which will also cover your medical expenses.
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Local Asbestos Screening Requirements for Victims or Family Members
1. Must have a diagnosis, cancer diagnosis following industrial work or military/navy service has immediate expedited eligibility and do not need to travel to us, we do everything over the phone, any other non-cancerous lung related diagnosis will require travel and a 2 hour physical medical evaluation at our facility in Birmingham, Alabama
2. Must have been diagnosed within the past 3 years (it is very common to be misdiagnosed please ask for second and third opinions and a new diagnosis if you have been diagnosed later than the 3 year statute of limitation)
3. Must have a work history with products that may have contained asbestos (you could have worked with these products and not knowing that they contained asbestos, check our high-risk occupational asbestos exposure jobs and also our asbestos products page)