Naval Station Norfolk claims

Founded in 1917, Naval Station Norfolk is the headquarters and home port of the Fleet Forces Command of the U.S. Navy. It is located in Norfolk, Virginia. The military installation covers approximately 4 miles of waterfront space and 11 miles of pier and wharf space of the Hampton Roads peninsula that is known as Sewell’s Point. Over 100,000 flight operations are carried out every year on Naval Station Norfolk by the Air Operations. This means that one flight is conducted every 6 minutes. Sadly, Naval Station Norfolk is one of the numerous military bases across the country whose environment is extensively contaminated with PFAS, a group of dangerous fluorinated chemicals. If you were a military member stationed at Naval Station Norfolk and came to struggle with a health issue that may have a link to PFAS exposure, you should contact our legal team, as you may be eligible for compensation.

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According to the Department of Defense, the site of Naval Station Norfolk is heavily contaminated with PFAS. Multiple other adjacent military installations have this serious problem, such as Joint Base Langley-Eustis, NAS Oceana, and Fentress Naval Auxiliary Landing Field. In 2018, the Department of Defense found 29 areas of Naval Station Norfolk to have a concentration of PFAS in the environment that greatly exceeded the permissible limit of 70 parts per trillion.

In 1975, the Department of Defense launched a program meant to assess the degree of contamination on the military bases, as well as to pinpoint environmental contamination stemming from past hazardous materials management practices. Soon, Naval Station Norfolk was deemed a Superfund site, and it was only in 2010 that the Environmental Protection Agency completed its cleanup efforts, a series of operations whose cost was $100 million.

What hazardous agents are present on Naval Station Norfolk?

Although Naval Station Norfolk is relatively safe now, it is important to acknowledge the past presence of PFAS on the site of the military base, as many members of the military and civilians were exposed to these harmful chemicals. The source of PFAS on the military base was the use of AFFF by military firefighters to put out fires stemming from flammable liquids and gases. While very effective, AFFF contains large amounts of PFAS, which are inevitably released in the environment when the fire suppressant is employed.

PFAS are "forever chemicals", which means that they do not break down in the environment unless organizations like the Environmental Protection Agency take measures to remove them. Similarly, if they enter the body, PFAS cannot be eliminated, and their existence can lead to the occurrence of serious diseases over the years.

It is worthy of note that in addition to PFAS, the Environmental Working Group and the Environmental Protection Agency identified other contaminants lurking on Naval Station Norfolk, most of which no longer represent a danger, which are the following:

  • arsenic
  • benzene
  • antimony
  • cadmium
  • acetone
  • carbon tetrachloride
  • haloacetic acids
  • chloroform
  • bromodichloromethane
  • chromium
  • ethylbenzene
  • lead
  • manganese
  • nickel
  • mercury
  • toluene

Even though it is not known for how long these contaminants were polluting Naval Station Norfolk, one thing is for sure: for a period of time, people stationed there were exposed to these dangerous agents, which only worsened the degree of toxic exposure. If you spent time there, you should keep a close eye on your health and, for your wellbeing, periodically visit your doctor for a routine checkup. In the regrettable case that you develop a disease, the sooner it is diagnosed, the more effective treatment will be.

How can exposure to PFAS affect the health of people who stayed at Naval Station Norfolk?

Because they are so toxic, PFAS can lead to the development of countless diseases, the most terrible being cancer, which can affect multiple parts of your body, depending on where the highest concentration of these chemicals is located. Nevertheless, PFAS exposure can result in other serious health issues as well, which, in most cases, require long-term treatment. Here are all the diseases exposure to PFAS is responsible for:

If you suffer from one of these health problems, we encourage you to reach out to our experienced legal team, who will assist you with filing a toxic exposure claim so that you can benefit from the financial compensation you deserve. The legal process will be very easy for you, as we will make sure the majority of paperwork is efficiently handled by us. Finally, if you were pregnant during your stay at Naval Station Norfolk and your baby was born with health issues, we advise you to give our law firm a call as well, as you can recover compensation for your child.

We provide quality legal assistance to victims of toxic exposure

Since 1990, the core mission of our law firm was to offer quality legal assistance to victims of toxic exposure, and we can proudly say that we have so far helped over 230,000 people recover the financial compensation they deserved for their suffering. Our attorneys have recovered $1.4 billion for victims of toxic exposure like you, so you can be sure that we have what it needs to provide you with the help you need. Being unknowingly exposed to hazardous agents is unfair, so we are bound to make everything in our power to offer you the assistance you need to obtain money for your injury.

The first step you have to do to initiate the legal process is to call us. We will listen to your situation and, if we determine that you are eligible to file a claim, we will ask you to send some basic documents via e-mail, namely your military records and your medical records. Our legal experts will assess these documents and will also conduct additional research to discover more evidence to support the connection between your military toxic exposure and your diagnosis. Eventually, you will receive the maximum compensation available, which will help you afford better healthcare and treatment.