Thyroid disease - PFAS exposure claims

Thyroid disease - PFAS exposure claims video

As a general term referring to a medical condition that keeps the thyroid from producing the right amount of hormones, thyroid disease affects over 12% of the U.S. population. 1 in 8 women will develop thyroid disease during her lifetime. Still, the risk for veterans who were stationed at military bases nationwide is even higher, as they were unwittingly exposed to toxic chemicals that might trigger the development of thyroid disease. The most common diseases from this category include Hashimoto's thyroiditis, hypothyroidism, Grave's disease, and hyperthyroidism. PFAS, a group of toxic chemicals lurking on nearly all military bases in the country, are endocrine disruptors, which means they can interfere with the hormone system and cause thyroid disease. If you spent time at one or more military bases and have a diagnosis of thyroid disease, do not hesitate to contact our experienced attorneys, as you might be entitled to financial compensation.

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Exposure to PFAS can disrupt the hormone system, eventually leading to thyroid disease

Thyroid disease

Located at the base of the neck, the thyroid is a small, butterfly-shaped gland responsible for producing hormones that help regulate the body's metabolism. It is a vital gland, as many body functions slow down when the thyroid fails to make enough hormones.

Approximately 20 million people currently live with thyroid disease in the country, over half of whom are unaware they have this health problem. Women are five to eight times more likely to develop thyroid disease than men.

If you are a veteran or a family member of one who lived at a contaminated military base, you should look out for these symptoms, which might indicate you have thyroid disease:

  • swelling in the neck
  • irregular or unusually fast heart rate
  • twitching or trembling
  • red palms of the hands
  • hoarse voice
  • warm skin and excessive sweating
  • fatigue
  • a raised, itchy rash known as hives
  • weight gain
  • patchy hair loss or thinning
  • loose nails
  • muscle weakness
  • heavier menstrual cycles
  • sensitivity to cold
  • depression

According to a study from the medical journal Frontiers in Endocrinology, PFAS may disrupt the thyroid hormone system, with possible negative repercussions on the outcome of the pregnancy and fetal-child development. This is because the chemicals are endocrine disruptors. Exposure to PFAS can have multiple detrimental effects on endocrine function, including the thyroid one. Thyroid hormones are involved in several biological processes, such as the regulation of energy expenditure, growth, and neurodevelopment, starting from intrauterine life throughout infancy. Furthermore, they regulate metabolic processes in adult life.

The researchers concluded that although the role of PFAS as thyroid function disrupters is still controversial, in vitro studies seem to be in agreement concerning the harmful effects of these substances on thyroid cells. Some of the PFAS' harmful effects on thyroid cells include:

  • accumulation
  • cytotoxicity
  • genotoxicity
  • interference with TH synthesis
  • interference with TPO function
  • interference with iodine uptake

If you have one of the following thyroid diseases, either as a veteran who was stationed at a contaminated military base or the family member of one who lived there, you might be entitled to compensation. Still, to be eligible to file a claim, you must have spent at least one cumulative year at the military base.

  • hypothyroidism
  • hyperthyroidism
  • Grave's disease
  • Hashimoto's disease

Finally, exposure to organic solvents, which were also present in the environment of military bases during the last century, was found to have a significant association with thyroid disease. More specifically, formaldehyde, phenol, n-hexane, and chloroform have a connection with thyroid disease. Epidemiologic studies have shown an increase in thyroid hormone levels in workers exposed to organic solvents, which can be compared to service members exposed on military bases, as they would spend months stationed at these contaminated installations. Higher levels of thyroxine (T4) and free thyroxine (T4F) and lower levels of TSH and triiodothyronine (T3) were observed among people working with organic solvents. The disruption organic solvents may cause within the hormonal system can eventually result in thyroid disease.

Our skilled attorneys can help you file a toxic exposure claim for thyroid disease

Since 1990, our attorneys have been dedicating their efforts to assisting toxic exposure victims, among whom are numerous veterans whose health was compromised by spending time at polluted military bases. If you are a veteran or a family member of one who was stationed at a military base and now struggle with thyroid disease, we strongly encourage you to contact us, as we might be able to help you file a toxic exposure claim. All you have to do to initiate the legal process is send in your military records, which you must retrieve, and your medical records.

Family members will need to provide our legal team with evidence of their stay at the military base and their medical records stating their thyroid disease diagnosis. If we deem you eligible, we will promptly begin working on your claim and submit it to the companies responsible for contaminating the military base, such as AFFF manufacturers. Our resourceful attorneys will do all in their power to obtain the compensation you deserve for your unjust suffering. It is important to note that our law firm works on a contingency fee basis.