Richards-Gebaur Air Force Base claims

Located near Grandview, Missouri, just south of Kansas City, this military base was built in 1941 as a World War II facility. In 1999, it was used as a railroad terminal. Richards-Gebaur Air Force Base was initially employed as a training site for new recruits by the U.S. Army Air Force. It was not until 1952 that it became a military base in response to the beginning of the Cold War. Heavy contamination with PFAS stemming from the use of aqueous film-forming foam, commonly known as AFFF, by military firefighters occurred at this military base after 1970. For this reason, veterans who were stationed at Richards-Gebaur Air Force Base and developed a disease as a result of toxic exposure can now recover the financial compensation they deserve for their injury. Furthermore, the family members who were stationed with military personnel at this military base and became ill as a consequence of exposure to PFAS are also eligible for compensation, which a lawyer who specializes in this area of practice can help them recover.

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Richards-Gebaur Air Force Base was permanently closed in 1994. However, at the beginning of this century, the Environmental Protection Agency found high levels of PFAS stemming from the employment of AFFF on the site, a contaminant that they are currently striving to remove from the area. The fire suppressant began gaining popularity in 1970, as it was very effective in extinguishing jet fuel and petroleum fires. Unfortunately, AFFF is still used today, since a viable non-toxic alternative has not yet been found.

Exposure to PFAS, which occurs by inhalation or ingestion, can lead to a wide range of serious diseases and health problems, which is why veterans and family members who lived on Richards-Gebaur Air Force Base are now entitled to financial compensation.

What toxic agents were present on Richards-Gebaur Air Force Base?

While PFAS, out of which PFOS and PFOA are the most studied chemicals, were the only contaminant on this military base, it was present in high concentrations, which greatly endangered the health of the military personnel stationed at Richards-Gebaur Air Force Base. These are known as forever chemicals, meaning that once they are released into the environment, they persist, being very difficult to remove.

Nevertheless, the Environmental Protection Agency found a way to remove PFAS from the environment of military bases such as Richards-Gebaur Air Force Base. The cleanup process is currently ongoing since the complete removal of PFAS is quite challenging to accomplish.

What diseases can you develop following toxic exposure at Richards-Gebaur Air Force Base?

Exposure to the PFAS released in the environment by the use of AFFF is associated with a wide range of serious diseases and health issues, the most common being cancer. There are numerous malignant diseases that can develop as a consequence of toxic exposure at Richards-Gebaur Air Force Base.

The following are the diseases and health problems veterans and their family members can come to struggle with as a result of exposure to high levels of PFAS, as well as the diagnoses that make them eligible for seeking financial compensation:

It is important to know that if you suffer from any other cancer as a result of your stay at Richards-Gebaur Air Force Base, you still qualify for compensation, as there is a strong causal relationship between exposure to PFAS and malignant diseases.

Thereby, regardless of the location of cancer in your body, we strongly encourage you to reach out to our law firm, which specializes in toxic exposure cases. Our attorneys will help you file a personal injury claim, as well as a VA claim, to recover the maximum compensation you are entitled to for your injury.

Quality legal assistance for veterans and family members injured by toxic exposure at Richards-Gebaur Air Force Base

The legal team of Environmental Litigation Group, P.C. has been pursuing compensation on behalf of toxic exposure victims since 1990 and is bound to provide you with quality assistance in filing a claim. While very complex and tedious, the legal process requires minimal involvement on your part, since you will only have to send your lawyer your military records, which you must retrieve yourself, and your medical records, documents that will be used as evidence to support your claim.

Similarly, if you are the family member of a veteran who was stationed with them at Richards-Gebaur Air Force Base after 1970, you can also seek financial compensation for the disease or health problem you came to suffer from. However, it is important to know that in order to become eligible for compensation, you must have spent at least one year at this military base. For more information, do not hesitate to call our law firm and our legal staff will promptly answer your questions and address your concerns.