Launched in June 1936, the USCGC Ingham was the most highly decorated ship in the U.S. Coast Guard’s fleet. While she spent much of her early career serving in World War II, in her later years, the USCGC Ingham served in the Vietnam War and ultimately ended her work in the service of the Coast Guard. When she was finally decommissioned in 1988, the USCGC Ingham was the “oldest commissioned U.S. warship afloat.”
Regardless of her decorated service, however, the USCGC Ingham did have a dark side to her history – particularly due to toxic asbestos exposure that occurred aboard her decks for over 50 years.
Compensation for Asbestos Cancers
Able to withstand heat, chemicals and electricity, asbestos is an extremely resilient mineral that has been used to make various parts of ships and water vessels for decades.
From the boilers to the engines to the walls and fireproof gear, asbestos particles are heavily concentrated aboard older ships, such as the USCGC Ingham.
Over years of asbestos exposure, the chances of developing serious, life-threatening conditions – such as lung cancer and mesothelioma – increase significantly.
Help For the Injured
Anyone (former crew, shipbuilders, ship repair workers, passengers, etc.) who has developed an asbestos cancer after spending time aboard the USCGC Ingham should:
- Seek immediate and long-term medical care
- Set up a free consultation with an experienced asbestos attorney to learn more about their legal rights