Asbestos Aboard Naval Vessels
David worked as an electrician’s mate in the U.S. Navy when he was younger. During a span of 20 years, he was repeatedly exposed to asbestos-covered equipment and materials aboard different vessels. That asbestos exposure ultimately claimed his life.
When he was 71 years old, David was active and still worked during the day. At night and on weekends, he cared for his wife, who was blind, and looked after their home to make life easier for her. Then, he got sick.
Doctors diagnosed David with mesothelioma, a cancer only known to be caused by asbestos. His health declined rapidly after diagnosis and he was forced to sleep in a chair because he could no longer breathe lying down.
Just a few months short of his 50th wedding anniversary, David died. Now lawmakers are considering the FACT Act (H.R. 526 / S. 357), a legislative bill that would reward Big Asbestos even in the face of victims like David – and countless others – who lost their lives because of it.