Members of the United States Coast Guard faced significant asbestos exposure, particularly on ships where the areas surrounding engine and boiler rooms were extensively insulated with asbestos. Ships were filled with asbestos insulation and fireproofing on equipment and piping. Additionally, exposures occurred in housing structures and buildings across Coast Guard bases.
Coast Guard members with the highest risk of asbestos exposure include shipyard insulation workers, boiler and engine maintenance workers, and cargo ship inspectors. These workers were exposed at high rates to asbestos piping, duct materials, insulation, and heating systems. Various Coast Guard boats including, cutters, ice breakers, and utility boats, contained asbestos products in pipes, deck-coating materials, and electrical wiring.
While asbestos use has now ceased in the military, the long latency period of mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases poses ongoing risks for veterans. Symptoms can take up to 60 years after asbestos exposure to reveal themselves.
Jobs & Industries Linked To Asbestos Exposure In our 50+ years of representing clients with mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases, Serling & Abramson, P.C. has identified numerous industries linked to asbestos exposure — including many right here in Michigan. This […]Read the Rest
A Michigan Personal Injury Attorney When Michael B. Serling won the first jury trial in Michigan for a client who had developed asbestosis, a non-cancerous scarring of the lungs associated with asbestos exposure, it was a landmark case. This was the […]Read the Rest
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Camp Lejeune Toxic Water
If you are a veteran, reservist, guardsman, or family member who lived or served at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, you may have had contact with toxic drinking water. Scientific and medical evidence has shown an association between exposure and the development of certain diseases.
Toxic Chemical Hair Relaxer
Hair relaxers, containing toxic chemicals like sodium hydroxide, can lead to health issues by being absorbed through the scalp. These relaxers, designed to alter curly hair, may cause skin burns, facilitating toxin absorption. DEHP, another harmful chemical in relaxers, adds to their toxicity.
150+ Years Combined Experience
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.