Eye defects - PFAS exposure claims

While there are numerous causes for eye defects, recent medical studies found a strong causal relation between these disorders and exposure to PFAS, a group of toxic fluorinated chemicals. At the moment, PFAS are lurking on more than 700 military sites throughout the US. The main source of PFAS is aqueous film-forming foam, commonly known as AFFF, a fire suppressant that has been used by military firefighters and trainees to put out jet fuel and petroleum fires for over 60 years. If you came to struggle with an eye defect or gave birth to a child with an eye defect as a result of being stationed at a military base contaminated with PFAS, you may be eligible for compensation.

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Even if you or your child has an eye defect, our attorneys will have to review your military and medical records to determine whether you are indeed eligible for compensation. We offer a free evaluation to everyone who wants to file a claim.

Myopia, one of the most common eye defects, also known as nearsightedness, occurs in approximately 25% of the population of the United States, whereas nearly 10% of people throughout the country have hyperopia. Although these eye defects do not usually have a known cause, as most people are born with them, exposure to PFAS was found to have a link to eye defects. When these chemicals enter the body, either by inhalation or ingestion, they persist, as they are known as forever chemicals, and thereby cannot be eliminated. Over time, they can lead to the development of eye defects, among numerous other serious diseases and conditions. It is important to know that both members of the military or veterans and the children of women who were stationed at contaminated military bases are eligible for compensation if they come to struggle with an eye defect. The following are the most common eye defects explained:

  • Myopia: This is a defect of vision in which far objects appear blurred and near objects are seen clearly. It occurs because the image is focused in front of the retina instead of on it. It is the result of the eyeball being too long or the refractive power of the lens of the eye being too strong.
  • Hyperopia: Also known as farsightedness, hyperopia occurs when people have difficulty with near vision, but can see far objects clearly. It occurs because the image is focused behind the retina instead of upon it. The cause of this eye defect is that the eyeball is too short or the refractive power of the lens is too weak.
  • Astigmatism: This eye defect occurs when the light rays do not all come to a single focal point on the retina, as some focus on the retina and some focus in front of or behind it. It is caused by a non-uniform curvature of the cornea and a common symptom of astigmatism is if you are looking at a pattern of lines located at various angles and the lines running in one direction look sharp whilst those in other directions appear blurred.
  • Presbyopia: As a defect of vision that usually occurs with old age, presbyopia is the gradual loss of the ability of the eye to focus on nearby objects.

If you were stationed at a military base contaminated with PFAS, you are more likely to develop an eye defect or to give birth to a child with a defect of vision. In the unfortunate case that this happens, we strongly encourage you to contact our law firm, as our main area of practice is toxic exposure and our legal team has the necessary knowledge and resources to help you recover the financial compensation you may be eligible for.

With the help of our resourceful legal team, you can file a claim for eye defects

With nearly 30 years of experience in pursuing compensation on behalf of victims of toxic exposure, we are ready to provide you with the legal assistance you need if you developed an eye defect or gave birth to a child with a defect of vision. To qualify for compensation, you or your child must have a vision defect caused by exposure to PFAS while you were stationed at a military base in the United States. Even so, our attorneys will have to thoroughly assess your case to determine whether you are eligible to file a claim.

Although the legal process is quite complex and demanding, we will only request your military records, which you must retrieve, and your medical records so that we can have a starting point in assessing your case. Eventually, a few months to a few years following claim submission, you may receive the compensation available for your diagnosis or for the diagnosis of your child if you choose to work with our law firm.