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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Diseases contracted after asbestos exposure in seamen

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

How can we help seamen who were exposed to asbestos?

If you served in the U.S. Navy or the U.S. Marine Corps as a seaman and are now struggling with a disease that developed as a result of asbestos exposure, please contact our law firm as soon as possible. You are eligible for compensation, which our experienced attorneys, who specialize in asbestos exposure cases, will help you recover from asbestos trust funds and the VA. The only documents we will need from you are your military and medical records so that our legal experts can have proof of exposure and related diagnosis. Afterward, your involvement in the legal process will be minimal, as our legal team will gather additional evidence and eventually file a claim with asbestos trust funds and the VA on your behalf. In the end, you will receive the financial compensation you deserve for your physical and emotional suffering.