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Hull Maintenance Technicians

Exposed to Asbestos at their workplace

When it comes to asbestos exposure, hull maintenance technicians who served in the Navy before 1980 are one of the military ratings at the highest risk of developing a terrible disease. Responsible with producing, installing and repairing metal structures on the ship, as well as with extinguishing fires, they would also wear old firefighting equipment, which was laden with asbestos. In the case of hull maintenance technicians, asbestos exposure occurred during training, too.

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As one of the most essential military occupations, hull maintenance technicians would handle asbestos-containing products and equipment such as valves, plumbing, and sanitation systems on a regular basis. The sources of asbestos exposure included ventilation seals, insulation and gaskets. Due to lack of appropriate protective gear, hull maintenance technicians would frequently inhale and ingest asbestos fibers, which are highly carcinogenic and persist in the body following exposure.

The duties of hull maintenance technicians covered a wide range, such as:

  • Using light and heavy gauge metal
  • Repairing decks, structures, and hulls
  • Installing and repairing asbestos insulation
  • Testing and evaluating shipboard structures
  • Repairing installed ventilation ducts

Consequently, since asbestos would be present on military ships in over 300 products, asbestos exposure was inevitable for hull maintenance technicians. When materials such as insulation are disturbed, numerous asbestos fibers are released in the air and anyone who is in close proximity will inhale or ingest the dangerous mineral.

A military rating that had to perform similar duties as hull maintenance technicians was aviation support equipment technicians. During the last century, aviation support equipment technicians were responsible for duties such as preventive and corrective maintenance on aviation support equipment, aviation mobile firefighting units, material handling equipment, as well as hoisting and lifting devices. Their exposure to asbestos was moderate. However, aviation support equipment technicians are still at a significant risk of receiving a terrible diagnosis today, as the amount of asbestos in the body may be irrelevant to the development of a disease.

Relevant Job Titles

  • aviation support equipment technicians
  • ironworker

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We also represent the close relatives of hull maintenance technicians that handled asbestos and are now sick or have passed away.

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Diseases Contracted after Asbestos Exposure in Hull Maintenance Technicians

Regardless of how one was exposed to asbestos, if a disease is to occur, it will take between 20 and 50 years for it to develop. Today, over 30% of veterans are struggling with the dire health effects of asbestos exposure, including many hull maintenance technicians. While the bloodstream can carry asbestos fibers anywhere in the body, there are certain organs that they usually become embedded into, causing inflammation and tissue scarring, such as the lungs, the colon, and the stomach.

Lung cancer Mesothelioma Gastrointestinal Cancer Diffuse Pleural Thickening Colorectal Cancer Emphysema Esophageal Cancer Laryngeal Cancer

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How Can We Help Hull Maintenance Technicians Who Were Exposed to Asbestos?

Unfortunately, the symptoms of diseases which occur as a result of asbestos exposure are often unclear and also show up quite late, when the illness is advanced. However, if you seek medical assistance as soon as you notice bothersome signs of disease such as chest pain or shortness of breath, your prognosis may still be good.

If you were a hull maintenance technician who has recently been diagnosed with a disease as a consequence of military asbestos exposure, please contact our law firm and we will strive to recover the financial compensation you deserve. We will file a claim with asbestos trust funds and the VA after you provide us with the necessary documents, such as military and medical records, and the money you will eventually receive will help you afford high-quality medical care and treatment.

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