Seattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding Corporation
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Over the past 20 years, we've helped 1,000s of families claim the compensation they deserve with no upfront costs to them.
The Seattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding Corporation is located at 1891 16th Avenue in Harbor Island across Elliot Bay from the downtown waterfront. The corporation was given $9 million by the government to build a facility that would exclusively manufacture destroyer ships. The corporation made the USS Shelton and the USS Eversole, amongst others. At its peak, the shipyard had 28,000 employees. Todd Dry Dock & Construction Company purchased the shipyard during World War II. The Navy sold the shipyard to the Port of Tacoma in 1959. The shipyard is currently called Vigor Shipyards and it is apart of the port’s Commencement Bay Industrial Development District. The shipyard currently is renowned for commercial, Navy and Coast Guard construction, repair, and modernization.
Unfortunately, many of our clients who worked at the Seattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding Corporation are now being diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma and lung cancer. Before the 1970s, shipyards utilized asbestos for the construction and maintenance of naval vessels. Insulators, pipefitters, welders, and plumbers were exposed to asbestos materials including block insulation, pipe insulation, gaskets, and cement. Boilers were also coated in asbestos insulation and engine rooms had poor circulation that forced laborers to inhale airborne asbestos fibers.
Asbestos is dangerous because its fibers are extremely fragile and break easily into tiny particles that your body’s air filtration system can’t trap and expel. When asbestos gets into your lungs and stays there, it can cause mesothelioma or lung cancer. Risk of diagnosis increases with the length of time that a person has been exposed although even short exposures can cause mesothelioma or lung cancer. The most common causes of asbestos exposure are in the workplace or from products in the home. Spouses and family members of workers can also be exposed to asbestos dust and fibers from the clothing the workers wore home from job sites like Knowlton Brothers.
Mesothelioma is a rare disease that is diagnosed between 2,500 and 3,000 times each year. Anyone who has been exposed to asbestos is at risk for developing mesothelioma or lung cancer. Although most companies knew that asbestos was dangerous, they continued to allow their employees to work with and around asbestos without protective gear until the late 1970s.
At Belluck & Fox, our nationally recognized asbestos attorneys have extensive experience fighting for families and workers exposed to asbestos. We are proud to have secured more than $1 billion so far for asbestos victims and their families.
We are ready to help you. Contact us today to set up a free consultation, where we will review your claim and discuss all your legal options. Our law firm does not charge any legal fees upfront and we do not get paid unless and until we secure compensation for you.