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Breathing problems, hearing impairment, disorders affecting the lungs, and cancer, are just a few of the health issues that U.S. Air Force veterans exposed to toxic chemicals or defective products may suffer.

If you or your loved one is a veteran of the United States Air Force and was recently diagnosed with cancer caused by asbestos exposure, toxic exposure at military bases, or PFAS contamination from the use of AFFF, you can claim financial compensation from both the VA and compensation claims.

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We file claims on behalf of U.S. Air Force veterans and family members

Many U.S. Air Force veterans are living with illnesses triggered by exposure to toxic chemicals during their military service.

These illnesses may show symptoms immediately or may cause long-term effects that go undetected for many years or decades until they cause irreversible, and costly clinical complications.

Regardless, the VA will provide benefits to all veterans who can prove that their illnesses or injuries incurred in or aggravated by military service.

The United States Department of Veterans Affairs recognizes several types of military hazardous exposures, such as:

If you have been exposed to hazardous chemicals and toxins, and defective products while on active duty, consult our legal team to learn about your options for financial compensation. You might be able to receive payment for medical costs, lost earnings, pain, and suffering, in addition to your VA claim.

At the U.S. Air Force bases and installations, the major source of the chemical contamination comes from the human-induced PFAS compounds:

  • perfluorooctane acid (PFOA)
  • perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS)

The Air Force identified more than 200 installations in the U.S. with known releases of PFOS/PFOA and is still conducting site inspections. While PFAS was the main toxic agent found at U.S. Air Force bases and installations, there were other dangerous chemicals endangering the health of the military members and their family members, such as:

  • benzene
  • vinyl chloride
  • halogenated hydrocarbons
  • tetrachloroethylene (PCE)
  • trichloroethylene (TCE)
  • trihalomethanes
  • methylene chloride
  • toluene
  • potentially radioactive materials

If you were stationed on one of the contaminated U.S. Air Force bases, either alone or with your family members, you were likely exposed to these chemicals, which increase your risk of developing serious health conditions such as:

If you suffer from one of the above-mentioned diseases, you can count on Environmental Litigation Group, P.C. to identify and pursue all options available to you in order to maximize the compensation you recover.

For decades, the FAA policy required airports to use firefighting foam that meets specifications developed by the U.S. Navy to rapidly extinguish flammable liquid fuel fires in critical fire scenarios. Those standards mandate the use of fluorinated chemicals, which have been designated as a possible carcinogen based on epidemiological evidence linking exposure to:

Once much in use for its defensive properties as an insulator, fire retardant, etc., heavily employed because it seemed the perfect solution to alleviate the risk of potential fires in case of a malfunction or an attack, asbestos itself turned out to be an immense health hazard for those service members who came into contact with it.

Servicemen and women employed in the U.S. Air Forces were among those at risk, as a number of specific items in the Air Forces inventory used asbestos in various products virtually omnipresent in airplanes that needed insulation, such as:

  • brake pads
  • gaskets
  • engine heat shields
  • electrical wiring
  • cockpit heating systems
  • torque valves
  • cooling equipment

Asbestos was also used in the construction of many Air Force bases and barracks, thus, many Air Force veterans may have been exposed to asbestos through items which include:

Whenever maintenance work was performed on an aircraft, or whenever repair work was conducted on buildings, asbestos fibers were released into the air and were most likely inhaled.

Our clients served at various Air Force bases throughout the country, including:

  • Edwards Air Force Base
  • Scott Air Force Base
  • Wright-Patterson Air Force Base
  • Lackland Air Force Base
  • Joint Base Lewis-McChord
  • Hancock Air Force Base
  • Brookley Air Force Base
  • Gunter Air Force Base
  • Maxwell Air Force Base
  • Luke Air Force Base
  • Williams Air Force Base
  • Selfridge Air Force Base
  • Norton Air Force Base
  • Travis Air Force Base
  • Homestead Air Force Base
  • Mcdill Air Force Base
  • Orlando Air Force Base
  • Patrick Air Force Base
  • Tyndall Air Force Base
  • Midland Air Force Base
  • Reese Air Force Base

Surviving family members of deceased Air Force veterans are entitled to financial compensation

The U.S. Air Forces were not immune to the promises of asbestos, and, although there were suspicions as to its negative health effects as early as the first decades of the 20th century, it appears that its benefits outweighed its dangers. It was only in the 1970s that the U.S. Armed Forces began to accept that the human cost in using asbestos was much too high, and asbestos use was cut down and heavily regulated.

Surviving spouses and dependents of Air Force veterans who have died from asbestos-related cancer as a result of their service may be to get a tax-free monetary benefit called VA Dependency and Indemnity Compensation. Eligible survivors can also receive compensation from one or more of several trust funds established to compensate victims and their families. If you lost a loved one to an asbestos-related disease let us explain how we can help you during this difficult time.

Are you a U.S. Air Force veteran who struggles with a disease caused by toxic substances or defective products?

If you served in the U.S. Air Force decades ago and have just been diagnosed with an illness caused by toxic exposure at military bases, PFAS contamination from the use of AFFF, and asbestos exposure, you should act now by filing a claim for compensation. The legal process is simple, requiring minimal involvement on your part and no litigation. However, it is important to know that you will have to retrieve your military records and your medical records in order to file a claim. Our team of experts, who have been pursuing toxic claims since 1990, will promptly help you recover the financial compensation you deserve from the manufacturers of the products you were in contact with while serving in the U.S. Air Force. Our standard fee is a 40% contingency fee. This means we only collect the fee once we recover compensation for you.