US Air Force

Air Force veterans may have been exposed to asbestos in construction products and military equipment, both on bases and in military-provided housing. The United States Air Force utilized asbestos extensively in various components of planes, radar stations, and bases where personnel were stationed. This use of asbestos includes aircraft insulation, valves, gaskets, electrical wiring, brakes, and other various aircraft parts. Asbestos-containing materials were common in mess halls, sleeping quarters, and areas facing high temperatures, like boiler rooms.

Air Force mechanics and pilots faced significant risk of asbestos exposure during their time working or operating planes. Other occupations at risk include aircraft electricians, boiler workers, construction workers, environment support specialists, engineers, firefighters, welders, and others. Civilian contractors working on Air Force bases were also susceptible to asbestos exposure through asbestos-coated steam pipes and other heating-related machinery.

The use of asbestos extended to various components of an aircraft, posing risks to Air Force mechanics working on brakes, insulation, cockpit heating systems, wiring, heat shields, gaskets, and valves.

The risk of asbestos-related diseases, such as mesothelioma or lung cancer, is significant for Air Force veterans.

Some Air Force Bases where asbestos exposure may have occurred include but are not limited to:

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The Serling & Abramson law firm was founded in 1970 by Michael B. Serling. Mr. Serling was the first attorney in Michigan to file a wrongful death action on behalf of the family of a mesothelioma victim. In 1975, a young widow of an asbestos insulator contacted Mr. Serling concerning her husband who had died at age 52. She was left with two young children and was trying to raise them on a $4 per hour job. The extremely gratifying feeling of success in prosecuting the case and securing a sizable settlement for the widow and her children inspired Mr. Serling to continue this work.

Michael soon realized that it was more than just asbestos insulators who were falling victim to asbestos-related diseases. It soon became apparent that mesothelioma and lung cancer were occurring in virtually every building trade and many industrial settings. He dedicated his career to securing justice for all victims affected by asbestos exposure. Today, over 50 years later, Serling and Abramson are still representing victims of asbestos-related diseases, such as mesothelioma, lung cancer, and asbestosis.

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