Sonar technicians

Exposed to asbestos at their workplace

Known as sonarman until 1964, the military rating of sonar technician is also one of the U.S. Navy occupations at the highest risk of asbestos exposure. Responsible with underwater surveillance, as well as with repairing sonar equipment, sonar technicians would encounter plenty of asbestos while performing their job, as they were always inside the ships or submarines which were full of asbestos-containing products. Therefore, they now have a significant likelihood of developing life-threatening diseases.

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There are two categories of sonar technicians. The first operates on the surface, on Navy ships, whereas the second performs their job underwater, on submarines. Nevertheless, their duties are similar. Sonar technicians were in charge of operating sonar sensors for detection and classification of contacts, as well as underwater fire control systems, identifying underwater sounds, such as those stemming from torpedoes, submarines, evasion devices or surface ships, collecting and interpreting data, detecting important equipment malfunctions and, last but not least, performing preventive and corrective maintenance on sonar equipment.

However, it was the environment they would perform their work in that was detrimental to the health of sonar technicians. Since Navy ships and submarines were laden with asbestos, particularly insulation, sonar technicians, who were not wearing any protective equipment, would constantly breathe in carcinogenic fibers. Today, approximately 30% of veterans suffer from terrible diseases as a consequence of military asbestos exposure, including numerous sonar technicians.

Relevant job titles

  • sonarman
  • sonar technician (submarine)
  • sonar technician (surface)
  • sonarman (harbor defense)


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Diseases contracted after asbestos exposure in sonar technicians

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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

Companies that exposed sonar technicians to asbestos

Labor union members are also eligible

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How can we help sonar technicians who were exposed to asbestos?

If you worked as a sonar technician or sonarman before 1980 and have recently received a diagnosis of lung cancer or another serious disease, please do not hesitate to contact us for professional legal services. Veterans who were injured by asbestos exposure are eligible for compensation. By filing a claim with the asbestos trust funds of the liable companies and the VA, our law firm will help you recover the money you deserve for your physical and emotional suffering. We have been pursuing asbestos exposure cases for nearly 30 years and are bound to help you. Additionally, the financial compensation we can obtain on your behalf will allow you to afford higher-quality health care and treatment for your disease, which may result in a better prognosis.