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.
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
second or third mate
Filing a claim with asbestos trust funds does not disqualify you from disability compensation from the VA.
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.
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.
There were over 300 asbestos products on military ships during the last century. Seamen came in direct contact with numerous dangerous materials while performing their duties, which implies a high risk of developing a terrible disease over the years. The following are only some of the asbestos products seamen would often be exposed to on the job.
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.
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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)