The original 85-acre site of Camp Mabry, which overlooks the Colorado River 3 miles northwest of downtown Austin, was donated by the city to the state in 1892. It was initially a camp, a location where the Texas Volunteer Guard encamped during the summers while hosting mock battles and demonstrations for the residents of Austin.In 1909, the camp was vastly enlarged by the addition of 200 acres of land purchased by the federal government for use in training the state national guard.
However, the presence of PFAS on Camp Mabry makes it a very dangerous place to be stationed at, as toxic exposure is bound to occur among military members, particularly among firefighters and trainees. These chemicals are known as “forever chemicals”, as once they are released in the environment, they persist, which makes it very challenging for agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency to completely remove. Similarly, once PFAS released by AFFF enter the body, they reside there forever, being able to cause awful, even fatal diseases.
What toxic agents were present on Camp Mabry?
Although PFAS are the main toxic agent on Camp Mabry, it is important to know that asbestos is also present on this military base, which only exacerbates the extent of toxic exposure. If you are exposed to asbestos, you may come to struggle with a disease within 20 to 50 years from the first contact with it. Exposure to PFAS also takes quite a long time to result in a disease, as once these chemicals reach the inside of the body, they slowly cause damage to various organs.
Nevertheless, it is essential to know that, if you were stationed at Camp Mabry, you can recover compensation only if your disease is the result of PFAS exposure. Another noteworthy aspect is that, if one of the family members who was stationed with you at this military base comes to struggle with a disease, they are also eligible for compensation. Lastly, women who were pregnant during their stay at Camp Mabry and gave birth to children with health problems can also recover financial compensation on their behalf.
What diseases spending time at Camp Maby can cause?
Cancer is the most serious disease exposure to PFAS can result in. The largest the amount of PFAS in your body, the more likely you are to develop a life-threatening disease. Nonetheless, there are multiple other diagnoses for which you can seek compensation as a veteran:
If you received one of the diagnoses above, we strongly encourage you to reach out to our attorneys, as the compensation they will help you recover will not only grant you access to better healthcare and treatment but filing a toxic exposure claim will also hold the liable AFFF manufacturers liable for their negligence. Because we are aware that the majority of injured veterans who seek our assistance are elderly and in a lot of pain, we will strive to make the legal process as easy as possible.