Texas soldiers in the United States Armed Forces understand the risks when they are deployed in the service of their country. However, one out-of-state Navy veteran never anticipated that his military service would take his life long after he left the Navy. Doctors diagnosed the former soldier with mesothelioma, and he was convinced the asbestos containing products with which he worked on board ship those many years ago are responsible.
The man served in the Navy as a machinist mate two times -- once between 1959 and 1962 and a second time between 1965 and 1969. During that time, he says he was exposed to asbestos on a regular basis in the performance of his duties on board the USS Forrestal, USS Hollister and the USS Tallahatchie County. He claims in a lawsuit that the manufacturers of the parts and equipment he maintained, repaired and replaced failed to provide any warnings regarding the use of respiratory protection while working with their products.