Joint Base San Antonio claims

The military base was established following the merging of the United States Army Fort Sam Houston, the United States Air Force Randolph Air Force Base, Lackland Air Force Base, and Martindale Army Airfield in 2010. Located in San Antonio, Texas, it is heavily contaminated with PFAS, as well as with other toxic agents, which greatly endangered the health of the military personnel who were stationed there after 1970. Two of the sites of Joint Base San Antonio, namely Lackland Air Force Base and Kelly Air Force Base, were deemed Superfund sites by the Environmental Protection Agency as a result of the tremendous level of PFAS lurking on these areas. Nowadays, veterans and family members who were stationed at Joint Base San Antonio and came to struggle with a disease as a result of toxic exposure can file a claim to obtain the financial compensation they are entitled to with the help of a specialized attorney.

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Before Joint Base San Antonio was founded, there were 2 separate military bases in the area, namely Lackland Air Force Base and Randolph Air Force Base. They were merged in 2010 along with Martindale Army Airfield and now form Joint Base San Antonio. Lackland Air Force Base was built in 1941 and is currently under the jurisdiction of the 802d Mission Support Group, while Randolph Air Force Base was opened in 1931 and was given this name in honor of Captain William Millican Randolph, a native of Austin, who was part of the base naming committee when he passed away in a crash.

At the moment, the Environmental Protection Agency is striving to remove PFAS from the environment of the military base. The primary source of PFAS is the use of AFFF, a fire suppressant, by military firefighters and trainees to put out jet fuel and petroleum fires. While this group of hazardous substances is known as "forever chemicals", the agency found a way to remove PFAS from Joint Base San Antonio, a process that is still ongoing.

What toxic agents are present on Joint Base San Antonio?

Although PFAS are the main contaminant on Joint Base San Antonio, high levels of polychlorinated biphenyl, as well as other dangerous agents, were also found on the site. The following are the other toxic agents lurking on the military base, according to the Environmental Working Group:

  • bromochloroacetic acid
  • chromium
  • bromoform
  • dibromochloromethane
  • haloacetic acids
  • nitrate
  • radium
  • trihalomethanes

It is worthy of note that, if you were the victim of toxic exposure, a disease may not occur immediately, as hazardous chemicals will gradually cause damage to the organ or tissue they reach in the body. Thereby, several years may pass until you develop a disease as a result of toxic exposure, regardless of the harmful agent you were in contact with.

If you notice a new onset of distressing symptoms, it is a good idea to not postpone seeking medical attention, as you may have developed a serious disease. Nevertheless, because diseases caused by toxic exposure are often misdiagnosed, you should be examined by multiple specialists in order to receive a correct and accurate diagnosis.

What diseases can you develop following toxic exposure at Joint Base San Antonio?

While medical researchers are currently studying the health effects of PFAS exposure, there are certain diseases that already have a definitive causal relation to this group of chemicals. Since PFAS was the primary contaminant at Joint Base San Antonio, you can only seek financial compensation for the diseases it causes. Therefore, if you developed one of the following diseases and health problems, you qualify for filing a personal injury claim, as well as a VA claim, if you are a veteran:

It is important to know that if you struggle with any other cancer, you are still eligible for compensation, as exposure to PFAS has a strong connection to malignant diseases, regardless of their location in the body. Consequently, if you have recently been diagnosed with cancer and were stationed at Joint Base San Antonio, either as a member of the military or the family member of one, please contact our law firm and we will promptly help you recover the money you deserve for your injury.

Quality legal assistance for veterans and family members injured by toxic exposure at Joint Base San Antonio

With over 25 years of experience in pursuing toxic exposure cases on behalf of veterans, our law firm has resourceful experts who will help you recover the maximum compensation you are eligible for if you were in contact with hazardous agents while you were stationed at Joint Base San Antonio. Similarly, we can provide quality legal assistance to the family members of veterans who developed a disease as a result of toxic exposure.

While the legal process is very complex, it will require minimal involvement on your part, as you will only have to send your attorney your military and medical records, documents that will be used as evidence to support your claim. If you are a veteran, your claim will be filed both with Joint Base San Antonio and with the VA. However, it is important to know that in order to qualify for compensation, you must have spent at least one year at Joint Base San Antonio. For additional information, do not hesitate to contact our legal team and we will gladly answer your questions.