The PFAS level at the military base does not exceed the current safe exposure limit. Still, according to the recently proposed safe exposure limits by the Environmental Protection Agency, the PFOS concentration is 800 times over the limit, whereas the PFOA concentration is 400 times over it. These chemicals are the most studied out of the PFAS group and have the strongest association with cancer, so veterans who were stationed at Ocala Readiness Center should keep a close eye on their health and seek medical attention immediately if they notice unusual symptoms.
What toxic agents are lurking on Ocala Readiness Center?
Right now, PFAS are the only contaminants of concern at Ocala Readiness Center. Nevertheless, their presence is enough to endanger the health of service members and their family members stationed there. Because they persist in the environment for over a thousand years, PFAS are also known as “forever chemicals.” Similarly, once they enter the body, they remain there for a long time, posing a health threat to veterans, as the diseases exposure causes can take over a decade to develop.
A glimmer of hope for people who spent time at Ocala Readiness Center is that the Pentagon announced that it will cease using AFFF and switch to a PFAS-free firefighting foam by 2024. While this will prevent further contamination on military bases, it will take decades to remove these dangerous chemicals from the 700 military facilities they are currently lurking on. Removing PFAS from the environment is a very difficult and challenging endeavor, even with the use of the most innovative technologies.
What diseases can toxic exposure on Ocala Readiness Center cause?
While toxic exposure can be responsible for countless diseases, veterans and family members who are seeking compensation should know that only certain diagnoses might deem them eligible to file a military base toxic exposure claim. This is because their illness must have a strong connection with toxic exposure, a connection that can also be supported by medical literature. The following are the diseases for which you can file a claim if you spent at least one cumulative year at Ocala Readiness Center:
If you are unsure about whether you qualify for compensation, do not hesitate to contact our skilled attorneys, as they have over 30 years of experience in reviewing toxic exposure claims. The legal process is simple and will take place over the phone. If you worry that you are too ill to participate, you can rest assured that our compassionate team will take care of the most complex and demanding aspects on your behalf so you can keep focusing on your health and treatment.