Between the 1940s and the 1980s, many of the ships’ parts were made using asbestos or were insulated with it due to its fire-resistant properties. This meant that there were high levels of exposure to the toxic fibers for everyone found onboard.
The asbestos-insulated parts of the ships represented the main points of exposure for the longshoremen as any disturbance to them would have made the asbestos fibers airborne, contaminating the limited space of the ship. Another way of being subjected to the toxic particles was carrying cargo on-board (asbestos-containing products).
For the longshoremen that used to work in asbestos infested environments, the risk of developing later illnesses like lung cancer, mesothelioma or asbestosis is extremely high.
Relevant job titles
material handler operator
The companies that exposed longshoremen to asbestos during the last century are:
Diseases contracted after asbestos exposure in longshoremen
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.
Before the 1980s, longshoremen were subjected to occupational asbestos exposure in two ways: by contact with asbestos-containing machinery and by handling cargo. There were hundreds of ship parts and equipment that contained significant amounts of asbestos, including boilers, gaskets, turbines and electrical cables. Layers of asbestos insulation would also cover the vessels' walls, ceilings, and floors. However, the cargo longshoremen would load and unload often contained asbestos as well and by handling these products, exposure was very likely to happen.
How can we help longshoremen who were exposed to asbestos?
Lung cancer, mesothelioma, and asbestosis are the main diseases that affected the lives of the longshoremen exposed to an asbestos-contaminated environment. If you think you have worked in such an environment, contact us in order to get screened for the presence of asbestos fibers in your lungs as the diseases related to this mineral are known for having a long period of incubation, in some cases up to 30 years.
If you have been exposed to asbestos from the time you worked as a longshoreman, you are entitled to reparations from the companies responsible. We will make sure to file claims with the asbestos trust funds and obtain for you the monetary compensations that will cover your treatment costs. Additionally, our attorneys will file a claim with the VA, since they also offer compensation to veterans injured by military asbestos exposure.
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