Fort Devens claims

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Located in the towns of Ayer and Shirley, Massachusetts, this military base was established in 1917 during World War I. It was named after jurist and Civil War general Charles Devens and was built as a temporary cantonment for training soldiers. In 1940, as World War II was approaching, Fort Devens was turned into a reception center for men in New England who would serve one year as draftees. Still, over 80 areas of contamination led to the listing of the military installation as a Superfund site in 1989. Potential exposure to arsenic was identified as the primary risk driver. The military base is currently undergoing a cleanup of toxic agents by the Environmental Protection Agency, as the contamination issue is far from being completely solved. If you are a veteran who was stationed at Fort Devens and now struggle with a disease, you should contact our law firm, as you might be entitled to financial compensation.

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While there are numerous harmful substances lurking on Fort Devens, PFAS, a group of over 9,000 dangerous chemicals, are the main contaminants. According to the most recent data, their concentration in the environment of the military facility is 19,000 ppt, which is roughly 270 times over the safe exposure limit. The source of PFAS on military bases nationwide is firefighters excessively using the fire suppressant AFFF, which sometimes contains a whopping 98% of these chemicals. However, the presence of other hazardous agents on Fort Devens worsened toxic exposure among service members who lived there during the last century.

What toxic agents are present on Fort Devens?

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, there are dozens of toxic agents polluting the military facility besides PFAS. Coming in contact with these harmful substances only increases veterans' risk of developing serious, life-threatening diseases such as cancer. The following are only some of the toxic agents contaminating Fort Devens:

  • arsenic
  • carbon tetrachloride
  • antimony
  • cadmium
  • dibenzofuran
  • nickel
  • barium
  • chloroform
  • lead
  • benzene
  • chromium
  • toluene
  • ethylbenzene
  • manganese
  • trichloroethylene
  • xylene

Shepley's Hill Landfill encompasses 84 acres in the northeast corner of the former Main Post area of Fort Devens. The landfill operated from 1917 to 1992 as the main waste disposal site and, for some period of time, including the open burning of a waste incinerator. A Remedial Investigation was performed at Shepley's Hill Landfill between 1991 and 1993. Results confirmed the presence of various inorganic and organic contaminants in the environment around the landfill. The Environmental Protection Agency continues to assess the extent of contamination at Fort Devens and remove toxic agents.

What diseases can you develop following toxic exposure at Fort Devens?

It is important to know that while toxic exposure is responsible for countless health conditions, only certain diagnoses might qualify veterans to file a claim. This is because a strong association between toxic exposure and these diseases must exist. If you intend to file a claim as a veteran who spent time at least 1 cumulative year at Fort Devens, you must have one of the following diagnoses:

With over 30 years of experience, our attorneys are ready to help you find out whether you are entitled to financial compensation if you have one of the above diseases. The legal process will entail minimal involvement on your part, as we are well aware of how overwhelming struggling with a serious disease can be. Our resourceful legal team will gladly take care of the most complex matters of the process on your behalf.

Quality legal assistance for veterans who were stationed at Fort Devens and developed a disease

If you are a veteran who was stationed at Fort Devens and developed one of the qualifying diseases as a result of toxic exposure, you should reach out to our attorneys. You might be eligible to file a military base toxic exposure claim. We will promptly assess your case to determine whether you are entitled to financial compensation. The only documents we will request are your military records, which you must retrieve, and your medical records. The family members of veterans who lived at the military base and struggle with a disease might also be eligible to file a claim.

Family members will need to send in proof of their stay at the military base and their medical records. After a careful review of your case, you will know with certainty if you can file a claim. Eligible individuals will have their claims filed as soon as possible, as we are aware of how expensive cancer treatment is and know that many veterans with malignant diseases need more money to afford treatment. Our diligent legal team will take care of the most complex aspects for you so that you can keep focusing on your health and treatment.