Exposed to asbestos at their workplace

The rating of yeoman is one of the oldest in the U.S. Navy, dating back to 1835. People who served in the military as yeomen were responsible for performing secretarial, administrative and clerical work, as well as operating modern office equipment such as word processing computers and copying machines and greeting visitors, answering phone calls and sorting mail. Their asbestos exposure was low, since they rarely handled dangerous products themselves. Instead, they would work in environments in which asbestos was present in considerable amounts.

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As a yeoman, one was in charge of typing, organizing files, writing business and social letters, directives, notices, forms, and reports, receiving office visits and handling telephone communications, managing protocol, naval instructions, and evaluations, maintaining records, publications and service records, counseling office workers on administrative matters, performing administrative support for shipboard legal proceedings and maintaining shipboard legal files. The rating of yeoman was one of the original chief petty officer ratings.

Other duties yeomen were responsible for included operating office equipment such as computers and fax machines and preparing briefs and other documentation. They would perform their work with little to no supervision. Since yeomen were surrounded by asbestos products in the offices they performed their duties in, asbestos exposure was low in this military personnel. However, as no amount of asbestos is safe for the human body, they are still at significant risk of developing a serious disease today.

Relevant job titles

  • administrative assistant
  • office manager
  • administrative supervisor
  • correspondence clerk
  • human resources assistant
  • file clerk


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 yeomen

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 yeomen who were exposed to asbestos?

With 30 years of experience in pursuing compensation for veterans injured by military asbestos exposure, our legal experts are here to provide you with the assistance you need to file a claim with asbestos trust funds and the VA. If you served as a yeoman and are now suffering from a disease as a consequence of exposure to asbestos, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. After a thorough, free of charge case review, our attorneys will offer you quality legal advice and begin working on your case. The only documents we need from you are your military and medical records as evidence of asbestos exposure and diagnosis. It is important to know that your involvement in the legal process will be minimal, since our experienced legal team will take care of most aspects of your case. Eventually, you will receive the financial compensation you deserve for your physical and emotional distress.