China Lake Naval Base claims

Located in China Lake, California, this military base was originally known as the Naval Ordnance Test Station and it is still operating today. Heavy contamination with PFAS from the use of aqueous film-forming foam, commonly known as AFFF, occurred at China Lake Naval Base, making it the second most polluted military base after England Air Force Base. It is situated in the Western Mojave Desert area of California, approximately 150 miles north of Los Angeles, and expands over 3 counties, namely Kern, San Bernardino, and Inyo. If you are a veteran who was stationed at China Lake Naval Base after 1970 and came to struggle with a disease as a result of toxic exposure, please contact our law firm to recover the compensation you are entitled to.

Claim Application

China Lake Naval Base accounts for 85% of the U.S. Navy’s land for weapons and armaments research, development, acquisition, testing, and evaluation use, as well as for 38% of the U.S. Navy’s land holdings worldwide. There are 94 sites contaminated with PFAS on this military base, the primary source of this toxic agent being AFFF, a fire suppressant employed by firefighters to extinguish jet fuel and petroleum fires. While AFFF is very effective in putting out class B fires, the carcinogenic substances it contains greatly endangered the health of the military personnel who spent time at China Lake Naval Base after 1970.

The Environmental Protection Agency has spent $127 million for the cleanup of the site so far and the process of removing PFAS from the environment of the military base will be completed at the end of 2023. However, the agency estimates that it will need another $104 million to complete the cleanup process.

What toxic agents were present on China Lake Naval Base?

While the PFAS that came from the use of AFFF were the only contaminant at China Lake Naval Base, their concentration in the environment was very high, which is why today, numerous members of the military struggle with serious diseases as a consequence of toxic exposure. Two of the most studied chemicals from this group are PFOS and PFOA, both known human carcinogens, exposure to which can trigger the development of multiple terrible diseases, and health issues. Therefore, if you were exposed to PFAS, you may not immediately develop a disease, as it may take several years for a health problem to occur following exposure.

Once inside the body, PFAS will make their way to various organs or tissues, gradually causing damage and eventually leading to the occurrence of a disease. Thereby, if you were stationed at China Lake Naval Base, either alone or with your family members, and experience distressing symptoms, we strongly advise you to seek medical attention.

What diseases can you develop following toxic exposure at China Lake Naval Base?

There are numerous diseases exposure to PFAS can lead to, particularly cancer. Because this group of toxic agents is known as forever chemicals, they cannot be eliminated by the human body, which is why the risk of developing disease following exposure is high. The longer you were in contact with PFAS, the greater the risk of coming to suffer from a related disease is.

These are the diseases you may develop after exposure to PFAS at China Lake Naval Base, as well as the diagnoses that make you eligible for filing a personal injury claim to recover compensation:

It is essential to know that if you develop any other cancer than the malignant diseases above, you are still eligible for seeking financial compensation, as exposure to PFAS has a strong causal relation to multiple types of cancer.

Therefore, regardless of the malignant disease you struggle with, we strongly encourage you to contact our attorneys if you spent time at China Lake Naval Base and they will gladly help you obtain the money you deserve for your injury.

Quality legal assistance for veterans and family members injured by toxic exposure at China Lake Naval Base

In the regrettable event that you received a diagnosis that is the consequence of toxic exposure at China Lake Naval Base, either as a veteran or as the family member of one, you are entitled to financial compensation. With over 25 years of experience in pursuing compensation on behalf of victims of toxic exposure, our attorneys will provide you with quality legal assistance in recovering the money you are eligible for. All you will need to do is retrieve your military records and your medical records and send these documents to our attorneys.

Because personal injury claims, as well as VA claims, are difficult to file on your own, the help of a specialized lawyer is crucial in obtaining the compensation you deserve for your injury. However, it is important to know that in order to qualify for compensation, you must have spent at least one year at China Lake Naval Base. For more information regarding the legal process, do not hesitate to give our law firm a call and our team will promptly answer all your questions and address all your concerns.