Throughout the country, there are over 700 military installations on which high concentrations of PFAS are lurking. Regrettably, Lackland Air Force Base is no exception. PFAS are a group of dangerous fluorinated chemicals that are released in the environment by the use of aqueous film-forming foam, commonly known as AFFF, by military firefighters and trainees.
While this is a very effective fire suppressant that can extinguish jet fuel and petroleum fires, AFFF contains tremendous amounts of PFAS, which are inevitably released in the environment when members of the military employ it. Because they are also known as “forever chemicals”, PFAS persist in the environment, which makes the cleanup efforts of organizations such as the Environmental Protection Agency extremely difficult.
What toxic agents are present on Lackland Air Force Base?
Although PFAS is the only hazardous agent present on Lackland Air Force Base, this is enough to cause serious concern when it comes to the health of the members of the military stationed there. Exposure to PFAS occurs via inhalation and ingestion. Once they reach the inside of the body, these chemicals remain there forever, being able to lead to the development of terrible diseases over the years. AFFF has been used by military firefighters and trainees since the 1960s when it was invented by the U.S. Navy together with the 3M company.
It is important to keep in mind that exposure to PFAS may take several years to several decades to result in a disease, which is why it was only recently that veterans came to struggle with serious afflictions. If you are a veteran whose health was affected by exposure to PFAS while you were stationed on Lackland Air Force Base, we strongly encourage you to contact our law firm, as our main area of practice is toxic exposure and, thereby, our resourceful legal team will be able to recover the financial compensation you deserve for your suffering.
What diseases can exposure to PFAS result in?
Undoubtedly, the most harrowing disease exposure to PFAS can lead to is cancer, which may affect various organs and tissues in the body. Nonetheless, the presence of these dangerous chemicals in the body may result in other serious diseases as well. In order to become eligible for compensation, however, you should know that there must be a definitive causal relation between your diagnosis and exposure to PFAS. For this reason, only veterans and family members with the following diseases can file a toxic exposure claim:
It is essential to know that, if you are the family member of a veteran who was stationed with them at Lackland Air Force Base and developed a disease as a consequence of PFAS exposure, you are entitled to financial compensation as well. Our specialized attorneys will also help you obtain the money you are eligible for if you are in this unfortunate situation. Lastly, if you were pregnant during your stay at Lackland Air Force Base and subsequently gave birth to a child with health problems, you can recover compensation on their behalf as well.