Can Asbestos Cause Maritime Deaths?

Can Asbestos Cause Maritime Deaths?

A fatal occupational disease has led to a $3.6 million lawsuit against Carnival Cruise Line. An employee for the cruise ship died because of prolonged exposure to asbestos throughout his 15-year employment history with the company. He was eventually diagnosed with lung cancer caused by asbestos. This lawsuit is the first cruise ship asbestos case to land in court.

How is Asbestos Dangerous to Maritime Employees?

Asbestos, when intact, is generally harmless. However, it is a mineral that can release carcinogens in the air when it is disturbed. Inhaling these carcinogens can cause serious or fatal illnesses. In addition to lung cancer, mesothelioma and asbestosis are common ailments.

It is estimated that about 100,000 people in the ship building industry have died due to asbestos exposure. Steamships are one of the most common vessels that use asbestos to isolate boilers, steam engines and pipes.

Latti & Anderson LLP has a history of representing maritime workers who worked in the shipyards in Massachusetts to merchant seaman who were exposed to asbestos over the course of the employment on various types of vessels.  If you have been exposed or think you might have been, it is important to seek a medical examination and talk to a maritime attorney familiar with asbestos litigation.

What Should I Do If an Insurance Company Tries to Help?

If you are suffering from a maritime illness, an insurance company may try to attend your doctor visits, which can create several potential conflicts. In this video, nationwide maritime trial lawyer David Anderson explains how to solve these conflicts.

Overall, the complex world of maritime law requires an experienced maritime attorney to represent you in the case of injury or wrongful death. Find a nationwide maritime personal injury lawyer today.

[Latti’s Little Extra: Before 1980, asbestos was used in ship construction. Before 1943, respirators were not used, leading to many fatalities.]

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