Many offshore oil rigs during the 1960s through 1980s used asbestos products in connection with the drilling mud used on these oil rigs. Some of these products were pure asbestos fibers. The maritime companies required that the Jones Act workers avoid these rigs pour pure asbestos fibers into the drilling mud. In addition to the commonly known health hazards of mesothelioma and asbestosis, asbestos exposure also causes a significantly higher risk of lung cancer. This is particularly true in individuals who previously smoked tobacco products.
If you have been diagnosed with lung cancer and worked offshore on oil rigs or on drilling barges from the 1960s through the mid 1980s, it is very possible that you were exposed to asbestos and this asbestos exposure significantly contributed to your lung cancer. It is important for you to speak to a qualified Jones Act lawyer who handles asbestos cases to discuss your rights. Our office can arrange for medical screenings and can discuss your options with you including claims under the Jones Act against your previous employers. To learn more about why asbestos was used on offshore oil rigs read our article Important Information About Asbestos Offshore.