Understanding U.S. Navy Asbestos Settlements

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U.S. Navy veterans with mesothelioma, a rare cancer caused by asbestos, may be able to pursue compensation from lawsuit settlements to help pay for medical bills and other expenses.

Mesothelioma settlements award an average of $1 million or more.

“We gave all that money to our kids, paid all their debts off, paid our house off, and made our life a little easier because we had no financial worries.”

— Art Putt, U.S. veteran who received mesothelioma settlements

The U.S. government and military aren’t sued when veterans seek a Navy asbestos settlement. Instead, legal action is taken against the makers of asbestos-based products, which hid the health risks from the public for decades.

The Mesothelioma Veterans Center partners with attorneys who can file a lawsuit and pursue settlements on your behalf if you’re eligible. Get a Free Veterans Packet to see how we may be able to help you.

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Why Can U.S. Navy Veterans Pursue Asbestos Settlements?

If you’re a U.S. Navy veteran with mesothelioma, you may be entitled to asbestos settlements since private companies knew the health risks of this substance but hid them.

As early as the 1930s, manufacturers of asbestos-based products understood that exposure could lead to serious health problems. Instead of warning the public, they concealed the truth to make billions of dollars.

All U.S. Navy ships built before the early 1980s used asbestos for insulation and fireproofing. As a result, roughly 1 in 3 mesothelioma patients are U.S. Navy veterans or shipyard workers.

Navy veterans and their families have every right to pursue settlement money from the makers of asbestos-based products.

“I didn’t wanna sue my government and I damn sure didn’t wanna sue the Navy because they’re still feeding me. I wasn’t suing the government, I wasn’t suing the U.S. Navy, I was suing the manufacturer.”

— Walter Twidwell, U.S. Navy veteran with mesothelioma

Recent U.S. Navy Asbestos Settlement Payouts

Our legal partners have recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for U.S. Navy veterans and their families through mesothelioma settlements. The average settlement is $1 million, but you could receive even more.

Recent U.S. Navy asbestos settlements we’ve secured included:

  • $4 million for a Massachusetts Navy veteran who served on the aircraft carrier USS Randolph
  • $2.96 million for a North Carolina Navy machinist mate who worked on the destroyer USS Moale
  • $1.65 million for a Minnesota Navy veteran who served aboard the minesweeper USS Augury
  • $1.6 million to a Connecticut Navy veteran who was stationed on the submarine USS Will Rogers
  • $1.27 million for a Florida Navy veteran who was aboard the Coast Guard cutter USS Escape

An experienced mesothelioma attorney can give you an idea of how much money you may get from a Navy asbestos settlement and fight for maximum compensation on your behalf.

Get a Free Veterans Packet now to learn more about securing Navy asbestos settlements and choosing the best attorney for your case.

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How to Secure a U.S. Navy Asbestos Settlement

Skilled veterans advocates and attorneys can make securing a Navy asbestos settlement as easy and stress-free as possible. Learn how to seek a settlement below.

  1. Contact us for a free case review: We can determine if you may be eligible for a Navy asbestos settlement. Our veteran advocates will ask about your military service and if you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or another asbestos-related disease.
  2. Connect with an asbestos lawyer: If you qualify, attorneys can start handling your case immediately. The Mesothelioma Veterans Center partners with lawyers who have decades of experience handling mesothelioma and asbestos cases.
  3. File a mesothelioma lawsuit: Your attorneys will gather information and documents to build a strong case and file your lawsuit before any deadlines.
  4. Receive a Navy asbestos settlement: Your attorneys will fight to get the largest settlements for you in the shortest amount of time. Some U.S. Navy veterans have started to get asbestos settlements in 90 days or less.

Most mesothelioma lawsuits settle, but a handful end up going to trial.

In one case, our partners secured a $40 million mesothelioma verdict for a U.S. Navy veteran who served for 20 years. He was exposed to asbestos while working as a boiler tender on several ships.

Trials are less predictable than settlements and can extend a case’s payout timeline. However, your attorney will work hard to prepare your asbestos case and fight for the most compensation possible, whether through a settlement or trial verdict.

Navy Asbestos Settlements and VA Benefits Claims

U.S. veterans with mesothelioma may be entitled to additional financial aid through benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

VA benefits for Navy veterans with mesothelioma include:

  • Disability compensation worth nearly almost $4,000 a month
  • Low-cost or free mesothelioma treatment through VA health care
  • Payments for surviving family members or dependents

You can still pursue mesothelioma VA benefits even if you have received Navy asbestos settlements.

The Mesothelioma Veterans Center can help you file for VA benefits right now if you qualify.

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Get Help Pursuing U.S. Navy Asbestos Settlements

Navy asbestos settlements can provide much-deserved financial compensation, allowing you to support yourself and your family after a mesothelioma diagnosis.

Compensation from a Navy settlement can cover:

  • Medical expenses (hospital stays, medication, treatment, and related costs)
  • Household costs (rent/mortgage, groceries, and more)
  • Lost wages (if you or a loved one can’t work after a diagnosis)

Our partner attorneys will do all of the heavy lifting to file your claim and negotiate a settlement. This means you’ll be able to focus on getting treatment and spending time with loved ones.

Call (877) 450-8973 now to get started. If eligible, the Mesothelioma Veterans Center can help you find top attorneys who can handle Navy asbestos settlements from start to finish.

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Contributing Author

Christopher Dryfoos is a journalist and member of the American Medical Writers Association (AMWA). As the grandson of the U.S. Navy’s first forensic pathologist, he aims to help veterans with mesothelioma access needed care.

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