Scott Air Force Base claims

Located in St. Clair County, Illinois, this military base was built in 1917 as Scott Field and is still operational nowadays. At the moment, there are 13,000 people on the premises of Scott Air Force Base. The military base is the headquarters of Air Mobility Command and of the U.S. Transportation Command. In June 2014, it was made public that 2 new cybersecurity squadrons would be added to the 3 that are already on the military base. Regrettably, Scott Air Force Base is one of the 700 military bases throughout the country whose environment is heavily contaminated with PFAS, a group of dangerous fluorinated chemicals. As a result, members of the military, as well as civilians, who spend time there are at high risk of developing a disease due to toxic exposure. If you were stationed at Scott Air Force Base and subsequently received a harrowing diagnosis, please contact our law firm, and our experienced attorneys will help you recover compensation.

Claim Application

While PFAS remediation is possible, it is a challenge for the Environmental Protection Agency, which is currently making efforts to remove the harmful chemicals from the area. As a consequence of serious contamination, Scott Air Force Base is now a Superfund site. Multiple 2020 studies commissioned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers found that on 7 locations of the military base, the concentration of PFAS exceeds the permissible limit set by the Environmental Protection Agency. Therefore, the health of people who spend time on Scott Air Force Base, even for a few months, is endangered.

What toxic agents are contaminating Scott Air Force Base?

While PFAS are the only toxic agents that are currently polluting the environment of Scott Air Force Base, this should not make you breathe a sigh of relief, as the degree of contamination is very serious. The source of PFAS is AFFF, a fire suppressant used by trainees and military firefighters to extinguish jet fuel and petroleum fires, which are very common on U.S. Air Force military bases. Surprisingly, AFFF was created by the U.S. Navy and the 3M company in 1966 and has since gained enormous popularity.

It is noteworthy that PFAS are "forever chemicals", which means that once they are released in the environment by the employment of AFFF, they reside there until organizations such as the Environmental Protection Agency take the initiative to carry out cleanup operations. You can be exposed to PFAS via inhalation or ingestion, and the body cannot eliminate the chemicals either. For this reason, people with a high concentration of PFAS in their blood are significantly more susceptible to developing terrible diseases.

What diseases can PFAS exposure result in?

Undoubtedly, the most serious disease exposure to PFAS can lead to over the years in cancer, which may affect multiple organs and tissues in the body depending on where the highest concentration of these chemicals is. However, there are other serious health problems these hazardous agents can cause. The following is the complete list of diseases PFAS exposure can result in, as well as the diagnoses that deem you eligible to file a toxic exposure claim:

You should keep in mind that these health issues take several years to several decades to develop following your first exposure to PFAS, which is why it is advisable to undergo regular medical examinations and to inform your doctor about your history of toxic exposure so that they will know what signs to look for when evaluating your health. Last but not least, women who were pregnant while they were staying at Scott Air Force Base and subsequently gave birth to children with health problems can also seek compensation on behalf of their babies.

File your toxic exposure claim with the help of our resourceful lawyers

The core mission of our law firm is to offer victims of toxic exposure the legal assistance they need to obtain the financial compensation they deserve for their physical and emotional pain. If you had the misfortune of developing a disease following PFAS exposure on Scott Air Force Base or another contaminated military base, we encourage you to reach out to our legal team, who will help you file a claim.

All we need to start the legal process is your military records and your medical records, documents that will support your toxic exposure claim in addition to the proof our experts will find. It is essential to know that these claims have a statute of limitations, which is usually 3 years from the day of diagnosis in most states. Nonetheless, some states have a shorter one, which should prompt you to call us as soon as you receive the bad news concerning your health.