Exposed to asbestos at their workplace

Seaman is a rating present both in the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Marine Corps. They are responsible for the smooth operation of the majority of activities taking place on the ship. The duties they are in charge of include performing tasks concerning deck maintenance, small boat operations, navigation and supervising all military personnel assigned to a ship’s deck force or shore unit. The rating of seaman allows people who enter the military to achieve a higher rating. When it comes to asbestos exposure, seamen were exposed to a significant extent, since they would perform a wide range of activities aboard ships.

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The duties seamen were in charge of are repairing, maintaining and stowing equipment in preparation for underway operations, serving as helmsmen and lookouts, operating sound-powered telephone systems, doing temporary duty with food services divisions or compartment cleaning, serving as security watches or members of damage control or emergency and security alert teams, as well as taking part in Navy ceremonies and participating in underway replenishment, which refers to transferring supplies from one ship to another at sea. They work with qualified military personnel to earn job training and experience.

Relevant job titles

  • chief mate
  • ordinary seaman
  • wiper
  • oiler
  • assistant engineer
  • able seaman
  • deckhand
  • second or third mate


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

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Asbestos-related cancer eligible for filing a claim

If you developed one of the following cancers as a result of occupational exposure, you are eligible for compensation. If you are too ill, a family member can help you with the legal process. In the unfortunate event that you pass away before recovering compensation, your surviving family members will receive compensation on your behalf.

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

If, however, you struggle with non-cancerous pleural diseases such as asbestosis, pulmonary fibrosis, pleural plaques, pleural effusion, diffuse pleural thickening, COPD (emphysema & chronic bronchitis), pleurisy, lung nodules, lung spots, asthma, pneumonitis, tuberculosis, rounded atelectasis or lung scarring, please seek a second or even a third opinion as the rate of misdiagnosis is very high among the victims of asbestos exposure.