While the effectiveness of AFFF in putting out petroleum and jet fuel fires cannot be denied, the terrible health effects of exposure to the PFAS it contains overpower the qualities of this product. Since 1970, AFFF has been used by both military and civilian firefighters to extinguish class B fires. Furthermore, it would be employed in the training of military firefighters on military bases such as Dallas Naval Base. Because it was released in the atmosphere in large amounts, the PFAS present in AFFF posed a great health danger to the military personnel and their family members stationed at Dallas Naval Base, as a significant number of these people came to struggle with awful diseases following toxic exposure.
What toxic agents were present on Dallas Naval Base?
The PFAS that were released from the use of AFFF were the only toxic agent present on Dallas Naval Base. Nevertheless, it contaminated the military base to a great extent, as the fire suppressant would be employed on a regular basis. Two of the most studied chemicals from this group are PFOS and PFOA, both known as forever chemicals, which means that they do not disappear from the environment after they are released. This makes the removal of these hazardous substances very problematic. Despite this aspect, the Environmental Protection Agency found multiple ways to remove PFOS and PFOA from the contaminated military bases, a process that is currently ongoing.
What diseases can you develop following toxic exposure at Dallas Naval Base?
Exposure to PFAS is correlated with numerous serious diseases, as once inside the body, these hazardous chemicals may affect nearly any organ since they can easily travel through the bloodstream and the lymphatic system. However, only the following diseases qualify you for filing a claim to recover financial compensation:
It is essential to keep in mind that if you developed any other type of cancer than those listed above, you are still eligible for compensation, as PFAS are known carcinogens, meaning that they can lead to the development of any cancer once inside the body. If you or a family member who was stationed with you at Dallas Naval Base develops one of these awful diseases, we strongly encourage you to contact our law firm, as we specialize in toxic exposure cases and our attorneys will promptly obtain the compensation you are entitled to.