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Victims Of Maritime Lung Cancer & Leukemia Claims May Be Eligible For Justice And Potential Compensation

Victims Of Maritime Lung Cancer & Leukemia Claims May Be Eligible For Justice And Potential Compensation


If you meet the following eligibility requirements, we urge you to contact us for a free, private case evaluation for potential compensation:

  • You or a loved one worked for a shipping company/barge/cargo ship/tug boat for at least 15 years before 1990;
  • You or a loved one have been diagnosed with [1] lung cancer; [2] acute myeloid leukemia; [3] mesothelioma; or, [4] similar diagnosis;
  • You or a loved one have not already retained the services of a lawyer or attorney.

The shipyard industry encompasses a range of activities, including manufacturing, dismantling, assembling, and maintaining maritime vessels. Workers in this sector work in various trades, such as welding, rigging, painting, custodial work, and mechanics. Throughout the 20th century, these workers faced significant exposure to occupational diseases, particularly respiratory illnesses.

Asbestos exposure, along with inhalation of heavy metals, welding fumes, and other vaporous solvents, put shipyard workers at heightened risk for lung cancer, mesothelioma, and other chronic pulmonary conditions.

Despite ongoing improvements in safety regulations, many individuals employed in the shipyard industry between 1930 and 1990 were regularly exposed to carcinogens. Before the replacement of asbestos and other hazardous materials, data indicated that retired shipyard workers experienced an excess of deaths due to malignant mesothelioma and respiratory system cancers.

A 1981 study conducted in Los Angeles County on secondhand exposure among shipyard workers’ families found that 11 percent of wives, 7.6 percent of sons, and 2.1 percent of daughters exhibited signs of asbestos-related lung damage on radiological exams. Notably, most workers exposed to airborne asbestos did not handle the material directly.

Today, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) reports that the illness and injury rate for shipyard workers is nearly double that of the general U.S. workforce and the highest among maritime industry workers. Long-term health effects can manifest up to 40 years later, posing significant risks for retirees.

Common Occupational Diseases Among Shipyard Workers

Some of the most frequently reported occupational diseases in the shipyard industry include:

  • Acute myeloid leukemia
  • Lung cancer
  • Mesothelioma

Symptoms of Shipyard Occupational Diseases

Given the diverse nature of shipyard work, various risk factors exist for injury and illness. While modern safety standards have reduced many hazards, retired shipyard workers remain at high risk for developing chronic, job-related illnesses. General activities such as welding, woodcutting, sandblasting, and cleaning exposed employees to harmful fumes, vapors, toxic chemicals, and dust.

Due to the long latency periods of most occupational diseases—ranging from five to 40 years—a growing number of former shipyard workers are now experiencing symptoms of lung disease. Health issues such as smoking and poor diet can obscure the early signs of serious conditions like lung cancer, which often presents with symptoms similar to common respiratory illnesses.

The most common symptoms of occupational lung diseases among shipyard workers, including lung and larynx cancers and mesothelioma, are persistent cough, chest pain, fatigue, weakness, and difficulty breathing. Occupations within the shipyard industry with a high risk of lung cancer and mesothelioma include:

  • Burners
  • Crane operators
  • Electricians
  • Engine fitters
  • General laborers
  • Greasers
  • Industrial radiographers
  • Joiners and woodworkers
  • Laggers
  • Maintenance mechanics
  • Nuclear shipyard workers
  • Oilers
  • Painters
  • Pipefitters and riggers
  • Sheet-metal workers
  • Steelworkers
  • Welders

What Are the Next Steps?

Upon receiving a diagnosis of cancer or other lung disease, patients often seek a second opinion or begin treatment for advanced-stage tumors. If you believe your illness is work-related, you may have the right to file a legal claim against the responsible company (or companies). Due to the statute of limitations on filing such lawsuits, it is crucial to consult a qualified attorney as soon as possible.

We believe all victims of maritime lung cancer & leukemia claims should receive justice and potential compensation, beginning with a free, private case review with our experienced legal team.

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