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Beware of Asbestos and Mesothelioma Risk in Ships

Many former rail yard and train workers have become aware of the symptoms of a serious disease that can devastate the lives thousands – malignant pleural mesothelioma. This deadly cancer, often diagnosed years after their work, is diagnosed in many rail-related workers annually. However, a less known danger of mesothelioma is to former workers in ships, particularly military-related vessels.

There are about 3000 mesothelioma patients diagnosed annually, and at least several hundred are from the shipping-related industries. In some ships, asbestos was used to fireproof and protect ship inhabitants from fire dangers for decades.

For ship workers who served from the 1950s to the 1980s, they may have been exposed daily to asbestos fibers, so they are most at risk.

Symptoms include:

  • A dry, hacking cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Tightness or pain in the chest
  • Unexplained weight loss

Be sure that you carefully monitor your health, and if you experience any of these symptoms, talk to a doctor immediately. Note that there is no specific screening test that is available to check if you may be developing this terrible cancer. So, being vigilant is important.

We are personal injury lawyers who often work on cases that involve mesothelioma victims. It is important for both former ship and rail workers to make sure that if they are diagnosed with this disease that they get the medical and legal help they need. Wherever they worked, these workers deserve the best possible treatments and financial justice if they suffer from this cancer due to their work service.  


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