The military base was founded in 1922. Naval Base San Diego is also responsible for Commander, Navy Region Southwest, and Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southwest headquarters located downtown San Diego, Naval Medical Center in Balboa Park, and Admiral Baker recreation and golf course situated in Mission Valley.
Nevertheless, the health of the people who are stationed there, as Naval Base San Diego is still active at the moment, may be in danger, as the military firefighters and trainees would regularly use aqueous film-forming foam, commonly known as AFFF, a fire suppressant meant to extinguish jet fuel and petroleum fires. It contains high concentrations of PFAS, which are extremely harmful to human health.
Furthermore, numerous of the ships on Naval Base San Diego are laden with asbestos and, thereby, people who are in charge of cleaning it up may also become victims of toxic exposure. Nonetheless, it is usually veterans who come to struggle with diseases as a consequence of toxic exposure, as both PFAS exposure and asbestos exposure take several years or even several decades to cause disease.
What toxic agents were present on Naval Base San Diego?
While PFAS are the primary contaminant on Naval Base San Diego, there are multiple other toxic agents lurking on the military base. According to Navy documentation dating back to May 10, 2006, a number of areas in the shipyard of Naval Base San Diego were contaminated with asbestos. Site 10, a location where asbestos was present, was a material storage area used from 1939 to the 1950s. Furthermore, Building 321 on Site 10 was constructed for the metal finishing, and solvents and corrosives may have been used to clean metal materials. On Naval Base San Diego, there are also the following dangerous agents and items:
- PCB transformers
- old batteries
Veterans who were stationed at Naval Base San Diego and received a diagnosis related to toxic exposure are eligible for compensation, which our resourceful attorneys will help them recover. Similarly, the family members who were stationed at the military base with them and developed certain diseases are also entitled to financial compensation. In the unfortunate case that you are in this situation, we strongly advise you to contact our law firm so that we can provide you with the necessary assistance to obtain the money you deserve for your suffering.
What diseases can you develop if you were stationed at Naval Base San Diego?
There are numerous terrible diseases people who spent time at Naval Base San Diego may come to struggle with, the most serious being cancer. Many types of cancer have a strong causal relation to exposure to PFAS. Nonetheless, as a veteran or as the family member of one, you can seek compensation only if you have one of the following diagnoses:
It is worthy of note that, if you were pregnant while you were spending time at Naval Base San Diego and subsequently gave birth to a child with health problems, you can recover financial compensation on their behalf. A lawyer whose main area of practice is toxic exposure can help you with this matter as well.