Joint Base Langley-Eustis is owned by the Department of Defense and operated by the U.S. Air Force. It is one of the numerous military bases in the country throughout which PFAS, a group of hazardous chemicals, was spread by employing AFFF to put out fires. The fire suppressant would also be used in the training of military firefighters, which only increased the prevalence of PFAS on the site.
Exposure to PFAS occurs by inhalation and ingestion, both ways being hazardous for human health, as they can lead to the development of serious diseases. It is worthy of note that it may take several years following exposure to PFAS for a disease to occur, as once inside the body, the chemicals gradually cause damage to the organ or tissue they reached.
If you or a family member who was stationed at Joint Base Langley-Eustis with you developed a disease due to toxic exposure, we strongly encourage you to seek the assistance of a specialized lawyer who will help you file a claim to recover the financial compensation you deserve for your injury.
What toxic agents were present on Joint Base Langley-Eustis?
While PFAS were the only toxic agent lurking on Joint Base Langley-Eustis, the concentration of this group of chemicals was very high. As a result, many veterans are now struggling with serious health problems due to prolonged exposure.
Two of the most studied chemicals from this group are PFOS and PFOA, both present in large amounts in the AFFF used to extinguish class B fires by military firefighters and trainees. Because they are forever chemicals, PFAS persist in the environment long after the employment of AFFF releases them. Nevertheless, the Environmental Protection Agency found a way to remove these hazardous agents from the environment and is currently working on the site's cleanup.
What diseases can you develop following toxic exposure at Joint Base Langley-Eustis?
Exposure to the PFAS in AFFF can result in multiple awful diseases since these chemicals are carcinogenic. Veterans throughout the country are seeking financial compensation for the serious health issues they came to struggle with due to toxic exposure at military bases such as Joint Base Langley-Eustis. Some of the diseases that exposure to PFAS can lead to are:
It is vital to know that if you developed any other cancer than those listed above, you are still eligible for compensation, as there is a strong causal relationship between exposure to PFAS and malignant diseases.
Therefore, if you or a family member who was stationed with you at Joint Base Langley-Eustis received a diagnosis of cancer, we strongly advise you to contact our law firm whose attorneys will help you file a claim both with the military base and with the VA to obtain the maximum compensation you deserve.