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Accounting for 4% of all cancers, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma begins in the lymph nodes, which are part of the immune system. White blood cells, also known as lymphocytes, grow abnormally and can form tumors throughout the body. Every year, over 80,000 Americans receive a non-Hodgkin's lymphoma diagnosis. The disease is caused by a mutation in the DNA of lymphocytes, but medical experts do not know why this occurs. Nevertheless, there are many risk factors for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, such as bacterial infections, autoimmune disorders, and organ transplantation, but also toxic exposure. Veterans who were stationed on contaminated military bases and firefighters who use the fire suppressant AFFF are at high risk of developing non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. If you have this diagnosis as a veteran or firefighter, we encourage you to reach out to our law firm, as you might be entitled to compensation.

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Exposure to PFAS on military bases doubles the risk of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma

Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma & PFAS

During the last century, a myriad of toxic substances lurked on military bases nationwide, greatly endangering the health of service members.

One class of chemicals that were present on military facilities are perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, often dubbed PFAS, exposure to which can result in non-Hodgkin's lymphoma several years or even decades later.

Veterans who came in contact with PFAS are twice as likely to come to struggle with this cancer than the general population. The following are the top eight most contaminated military bases in the country. To understand how acute the situation is, it is important to keep in mind that the current safe exposure PFAS limit is only 70 ppt.

Once in the environment, PFAS break down extremely slowly, persisting there and making it easy for toxic exposure to happen. Most military bases had their drinking water contaminated with these harmful chemicals, but they can also pollute the soil. If you were stationed at a military base with documented PFAS contamination, developed non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, and want to file a claim, these are the eligibility criteria you will have to meet:

  • you must have been discharged from the military other than dishonorably
  • you must have been exposed to PFAS or other chemicals linked to the disease
  • you must have a diagnosis of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma due to toxic exposure

It is important to note that family members and civilians who spent time at military bases can also file a toxic exposure claim if they now have non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. While the former must provide our attorneys with evidence of their stay at the military installation, the latter will need to send in their employment records. Furthermore, to be able to thoroughly assess your case and determine whether you have a case, we will request your military records, which you must retrieve, and your medical records.

Eligibility criteria for veterans and family members who intend to file a Camp Lejeune toxic water claim

Camp Lejeune has become one of the most infamous examples of toxic contamination at military bases. For 34 years, the drinking water at two of the eight water distribution plants was heavily polluted with industrial solvents and PFAS. The trichloroethylene level was 280 times over the safe exposure limit, whereas the perchloroethylene level exceeded it by 43 times. As for PFAS, they began contaminating the water after 1967, with the maximum concentration being 179,348 ppt. Benzene was also present at Camp Lejeune and, to make matters worse, service members would clean up weapons and equipment with various toxic solvents. These are the eligibility requirements if you want to file a Camp Lejeune toxic water claim:

  • as a veteran, you must have been discharged from the military other than dishonorably
  • you must have drunk toxic water at Camp Lejeune between August 1, 1953, and December 31, 1987
  • you must have been stationed at the military base for at least 30 consecutive days while the drinking water was contaminated
  • you must have a diagnosis of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma as a result of toxic exposure

The family members of veterans who spent time at Camp Lejeune can also file a claim if they now struggle with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. They will have to provide our experienced legal team with evidence of their stay at the military base in addition to their medical records. If you are a woman who stayed at Camp Lejeune while you were pregnant and gave birth to a child with a congenital malformation, you might also be entitled to compensation. Finally, civilians who worked at the military base are also eligible to file a claim under the Camp Lejeune Justice Act.

Firefighters who use AFFF are 1.5 times more likely to develop non-Hodgkin's lymphoma

Firefighters & non-Hodgkin's lymphoma

As a very effective fire suppressant, AFFF is also extremely dangerous to firefighters and the people who spend time where it was used.

This is because it contains between 50% and 98% PFAS, exposure to which can result in non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

AFFF was devised in 1967, and since then, it has been used extensively by civilian and military firefighters to extinguish fires stemming from flammable liquids and gases.

Nonetheless, there are many non-toxic alternatives to AFFF, such as:

  • fluorine-free firefighting foam: this is a synthetic-based foam containing surfactant blends and polysaccharides, and it extinguishes fires by creating a blanket of bubbles
  • dry chemical agents: a dry chemical agent uses a pressurized dry chemical powder to extinguish fires and is very effective against hazardous fires
  • C6 firefighting foam concentrates: they work like AFFF but with a more advanced formula of concentrates and are less harmful, but they still contain toxic chemicals

A study found that while the U.S. average incidence of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma was 0.90, the incidence of this cancer for people exposed to PFAS was 1.06. This is comparable to firefighters who are regularly exposed to PFAS by using AFFF. If you want to file a claim for AFFF exposure, whether you are a civilian or military firefighter, you must meet these eligibility requirements:

  • you must have used AFFF regularly on the job
  • you must have a diagnosis of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma
  • you must have been discharged other than dishonorably if you were a military firefighter

You will also have to send our diligent attorneys your employment or military records, which you must retrieve, and your medical records so that they can properly review your case. After a thorough assessment, they will let you know whether you can file a claim for AFFF exposure with the liable companies. Even if you doubt you are eligible, we advise you to give us a call, as there might be something you are overlooking that might qualify you for compensation.

Quality legal assistance and services for toxic exposure victims with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma

Since 1990, our attorneys have been dedicating their efforts to assisting toxic exposure victims, including numerous veterans. If you have a diagnosis of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and were stationed at a military base such as Camp Lejeune or worked with AFFF as a firefighter, we encourage you to contact our law firm. The legal process is simple and easy and will mostly take place over the phone. You will only have to send in your employment or military records, which you must retrieve, and your medical records.

We also provide quality legal assistance to the family members of veterans who came to struggle with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma due to having spent time at a contaminated military base. They will have to send our skilled attorneys evidence of their stay at the military facility and their medical records. Once we deem you eligible, our experienced legal team will promptly begin preparing your claim for submission. If our endeavors are successful, you will receive the financial compensation you deserve for your suffering.