Although pollution with PFAS began in 1970, when the use of AFFF to put out class B fires began increasing among both military and civilian firefighters, it was only in 2016 that the Environmental Protection Agency found high levels of this hazardous agent on the site of the military base. Since then, the agency has been making tremendous efforts to remove the carcinogen from NAS Oceana Naval Base, a process that is still ongoing today. In addition to PFAS, there were other contaminants present on this military base, which only perpetuated toxic exposure among military personnel and the family members who were stationed there with them. In the unfortunate event that you came to suffer from a disease as a result of toxic exposure that occurred at NAS Oceana Naval Base, we strongly encourage you to seek the assistance of a lawyer who specializes in this area of practice, as they will help you obtain the financial compensation you are entitled to.
What toxic agents were present on NAS Oceana Naval Base?
Contamination with PFAS was the main issue at NAS Oceana Naval Base, but heavy pollution with jet fuel also occurred at this military base, since in 2017, approximately 94,000 gallons of jet fuel spilled from a storage tank and subsequently spread to neighboring properties. The health effects of exposure to jet fuel include the following:
- difficulty coordinating
- attention and memory problems
Nevertheless, exposure to PFAS is what qualifies veterans and their family members today for compensation. Occurring by inhalation or ingestion, exposure to PFAS stemming from the use of AFFF by military personnel is very dangerous, as it may lead to the development of terrible diseases, either immediately or within several years. Because PFAS are forever chemicals, once they enter the body, they cannot be eliminated and can easily reach various organs and tissues by traveling through the bloodstream and the lymphatic system, subsequently causing tremendous damage.
What diseases can you develop following toxic exposure at NAS Oceana Naval Base?
The inhalation or ingestion of PFAS, out of which PFOS and PFOA are the most known and studied chemicals, can result in numerous awful diseases and health issues. It is important to know that the risk of developing a disease as a result of toxic exposure increases with the time you were in contact with the hazardous agent. The following are the diseases and health problems exposure to PFAS can cause, as well as the diagnoses that make you eligible for seeking financial compensation:
It is essential to know that if you struggle with any other cancer than those listed above, you are still entitled to compensation, as exposure to PFAS has a strong causal relation to a wide range of malignant diseases. Thereby, if you are a veteran or the family member of one who was stationed at NAS Oceana Naval Base and came to suffer from cancer, we strongly advise you to contact our attorneys, who will gladly help you recover the compensation you are eligible for within the shortest time possible.