North Smithfield claims

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North Smithfield Air National Guard Station is located in Rhode Island. Unfortunately, the environment of the military installation has become contaminated with PFAS, a group of toxic chemicals, over the past few decades. The source of these harmful substances is military firefighters using AFFF, a fire suppressant containing between 50% and 98% PFAS. Because they can persist in the environment for over a thousand years, these substances are also known as “forever chemicals.” Not only are PFAS dangerous to the environment, but also to human health, as exposure can be responsible for many crippling diseases. If you are a veteran or a family member of one who spent time at North Smithfield and now struggle with a disease that might be related to toxic exposure, please contact our law firm, as you might be entitled to financial compensation.

Claim Application

While the PFAS level in the environment of North Smithfield is below the current safe exposure limit, the presence of these chemicals is enough to pose a health threat to service members who are training at the military installation. Since 1967, the fire suppressant AFFF has been used on nearly all military facilities nationwide, contaminating these installations with PFAS. Veterans who spent time there are also at high risk of developing a serious illness, as exposure to “forever chemicals” takes several years to several decades to result in a disease. Recently, the Environmental Protection Agency has proposed new safe exposure limits for PFOA and PFOS, two of the most dangerous chemicals out of the PFAS group. According to the proposed rule, the PFOA level at North Smithfield is 150 times over the safe exposure limit, whereas the PFOS level is 5 times over it.

What toxic agents are present at North Smithfield?

At the moment, PFAS are the contaminants of concern lurking on the military facility. Still, there might be other hazardous substances present on the site, which only worsens the degree of toxic exposure among service members. Some of these harmful agents are the following:

  • barium
  • chromium
  • manganese
  • vanadium

Veterans and family members who lived at North Smithfield should keep a close eye on their health, as they are at high risk of developing a serious disease due to toxic exposure. They must seek medical assistance as soon as they notice unusual symptoms for a timely diagnosis.

What diseases can you develop following toxic exposure at North Smithfield?

Toxic exposure can result in many terrible health problems. Nevertheless, veterans and family members who intend to file a military base toxic exposure claim should be aware that only certain diagnoses can make them eligible. This is because there must be a strong association between their disease and toxic exposure, which can also be supported by medical literature. Even if you have a qualifying disease, you might still not be entitled to compensation, as there are other criteria your case must meet. The following are the diagnoses for which people who spent at least one cumulative year at North Smithfield can file a claim:

If you are unsure about whether you are eligible to file a military base toxic exposure claim, do not hesitate to contact our experienced attorneys, who have been providing legal assistance to people in your situation for the past three decades. The legal process is simple and will require minimal involvement on your part, as we understand how overwhelming struggling with one of the above diseases can be. If we determine that you are entitled to compensation, we will begin working on your claim as soon as possible, as we prioritize veterans and their family members, especially if they suffer from cancer.

We can efficiently help you file your military base toxic exposure claim

Since 1990, our mission has been to assist toxic exposure victims in obtaining the compensation they deserve, and many of our clients are veterans. If you spent time at North Smithfield and now struggle with a disease, give our attorneys a call, as they have the necessary experience, resources, and knowledge to help you find out whether you are eligible to file a claim. As a veteran, you will only have to submit your military records, which you must retrieve, and your medical records to have your case evaluated.

Family members who intend to file a claim will need to send our legal team evidence of their stay at the military installation and their medical records stating their diagnosis. After a careful and thorough assessment of your situation, we will let you know if you are eligible to file a claim. If you are too ill to participate in the process, you should not worry, as our compassionate team will go to great lengths to help you navigate it. Eventually, if our endeavors are successful, you will receive the money you are entitled to.