The Environmental Protection Agency deemed Jacksonville Naval Base a Superfund site in 1989 as a consequence of the heavy contamination with PFAS that occurred on the military base. Over 3,000 warning letters were sent to residents living nearby, as they were at great risk of toxic exposure as well. At the moment, the agency is still striving to clean up the site, as PFAS are known as forever chemicals, which means that they are very difficult to remove from the environment. Nevertheless, the Environmental Protection Agency found a way to remove these harmful substances from the site.
Today, everyone who was exposed to PFAS while spending time on Jacksonville Naval Base is eligible for compensation if they came to struggle with a disease related to toxic exposure.
What toxic agents were present on Jacksonville Naval Base?
The use of AFFF to put out class B fires by military firefighters is the main culprit behind the heavy contamination with PFAS occurring at Jacksonville Naval Base. While this fire suppressant is very effective, the chemicals it contains are highly carcinogenic and exposure, which occurs by inhalation or ingestion, can lead to the development of numerous terrible diseases and health problems.
It is worthy of note that, if you were exposed to PFAS, you may not immediately develop a disease, as once inside the body, these hazardous substances gradually cause damage to the organ or tissue they reached. Thereby, several years may pass until disease occurs in the body.
What diseases can you develop following toxic exposure at Jacksonville Naval Base?
There is a strong causal relationship between exposure to PFAS and a series of awful diseases, particularly cancer. Nonetheless, exposure to this group of harmful chemicals can also lead to the development of other serious health issues. It is important to know that once PFAS are inside the body, they cannot be eliminated, as they are forever chemicals.
Therefore, the risk of developing a disease as a consequence of exposure is very high. The following are the diseases and health problems associated with exposure to PFAS, as well as the diagnoses that make you eligible for compensation:
It is essential to keep in mind that, if you struggle with any other type of cancer, you are still eligible for compensation, since there is a strong connection between exposure to PFAS and malignant diseases.
Consequently, if you were stationed at Jacksonville Naval Base after 1970 and now suffer from cancer, regardless of the location of the disease in the body, we strongly encourage you to contact our law firm to recover the financial compensation you deserve for your injury.