7th December 2016 saw the 75th anniversary of the Japanese military strike on Pearl Harbor. This caused the United States of America to join the Second World War.
When the Japanese attack occurred, 2,403 Americans were killed and 1,178 were wounded. The US naval base suffered massive damage as a result.
75 years on there are still victims of the Pearl Harbor attack because of the fact that 10,000 people on duty at Pearl Harbor were exposed to asbestos, released on the day of the attack.
The United States military made widespread use of asbestos as a fire proofing material especially on ships between the 1930s and 1970s. Consequently when Pearl Harbor was attacked, large amounts of harmful asbestos was dispersed into the atmosphere.
As a consequence of the extensive use of asbestos, approximately 10,000 US military veterans die each year from asbestos related diseases.
Asbestos exposure carries a risk to those exposed of developing a number of asbestos related illnesses including mesothelioma, asbestosis, asbestos related lung cancer, pleural thickening and pleural plaques.
Asbestos related illnesses have a long latency period, usually of between 10 and 50 years. Therefore the first symptoms of any asbestos related illness may not be noticed for decades after the original exposure.
In the UK, asbestos was frequently used on ships in both the Royal Navy and Merchant Navy, leading to a risk of asbestos exposure for anyone who served or worked within each of them.
Asbestos was also used extensively throughout other industries and in the construction and maintenance of buildings in the UK, with some uses not being banned until as late as 2000.
If you believe that you or a relative have suffered negligent exposure to asbestos then you or your relative may be entitled to recover asbestos compensation.
Our specialist asbestos solicitors will be able to advise you on pursuing a no win no fee asbestos claim.
If you require assistance in pursuing an asbestos compensation claim for mesothelioma or other asbestos disease then please contact us today on our freephone number 0800 038 6767. Alternatively, head over to the ‘Contact Us’ page, complete the form and we will be in touch.