The primary source of PFAS is aqueous film-forming foam, commonly known as AFFF, a very effective fire suppressant used by military firefighters to extinguish petroleum and jet fuel fires. Once released into the environment, these hazardous substances persist, as they are known as forever chemicals, which means that they cannot be completely removed from the site they are polluting. Furthermore, in addition to PFAS, there are other toxic agents contaminating the former Plattsburgh Air Force Base, which the Environmental Protection Agency is currently striving to remove by employing various techniques. In the regrettable event that you came to suffer from a disease as a result of toxic exposure that occurred at Plattsburgh Air Force Base, either as a veteran or as the family member of one, you have the right to seek financial compensation for your injury, which a lawyer specializing in toxic exposure cases will help you obtain.
What toxic agents were present on Plattsburgh Air Force Base?
Unfortunately, the PFAS stemming from the use of AFFF are not the only toxic substances polluting Plattsburgh Air Force Base. There are other hazardous substances that were found in the environment of the military base by the Environmental Protection Agency, including the following:
- volatile organic compounds
- vinyl chloride
The presence of multiple toxic agents on Plattsburgh Air Force Base only increases the risk of developing a disease in people who were stationed there. It is worthy of note that disease may not immediately develop following toxic exposure, as it may take several years for these harmful chemicals to cause damage to the organs and tissues they reach inside of the body. Thereby, veterans and the family members who were stationed at Plattsburgh Air Force Base with them need to pay close attention to their health and seek medical attention as soon as they begin experiencing distressing symptoms.
What diseases can you develop following toxic exposure at Plattsburgh Air Force Base?
The health effects of exposure to PFAS are still being studied by medical researchers. Nevertheless, a series of diseases already have a definitive causal relation with exposure to PFAS, as well as with the other hazardous chemicals that were present on Plattsburgh Air Force Base. The following are the diseases and health issues you can develop as a consequence of toxic exposure, as well as the diagnoses that qualify you for filing a claim to recover compensation:
It is important to know that if you struggle with any other type of cancer than those listed above, you are still eligible for compensation, as exposure to PFAS has a strong connection to malignant diseases. Therefore, regardless of the type of cancer you were diagnosed with, we strongly encourage you to reach out to our law firm and we will gladly help you recover the financial compensation you deserve for your injury.