Although contamination with PFAS, whose main source was aqueous film-forming foam, commonly known as AFFF, began in 1970, when this fire suppressant began gaining popularity among military firefighters in putting out jet fuel and petroleum fires, it was not until 2016 that the Environmental Protection Agency discovered the extent of the pollution.
Currently, the agency is making tremendous efforts to clean up the area, since PFAS are forever chemicals, which means that once they are released into the environment, they persist, making these carcinogenic agents very difficult to remove. In the meantime, companies are striving to develop a viable non-toxic alternative to AFFF. If you came to struggle with a disease following toxic exposure that occurred at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, we strongly encourage you to contact our law firm and our attorneys will help you obtain the maximum compensation you are entitled to.
What toxic agents were present on Wright-Patterson Air Force Base?
In addition to PFAS, there were multiple other toxic agents lurking on this military base, which only perpetuated exposure among military personnel and their family members.
Exposure to these hazardous chemicals occurs by inhalation or ingestion and once they are inside the body, they cannot be eliminated and may gradually cause irreversible damage to the organ or tissue they attach themselves to. The following are the other toxic agents polluting Wright-Patterson Air Force Base:
- vinyl chloride
If you or a family member was stationed at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base after 1970 and experience distressing symptoms, please seek medical attention as soon as possible, as a serious disease may have developed. However, because the diseases' toxic exposure causes are quite challenging to correctly diagnose, the expertise of multiple specialists is necessary for a right and accurate diagnosis. We advise you to seek a second and even a third opinion in the regrettable event that you are the victim of toxic exposure.
What diseases can you develop following toxic exposure at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base?
The inhalation or ingestion of PFAS, as well as of other toxic substances, is mostly associated with cancer, but it may lead to other serious health problems. It is worthy of note that several years may pass from the toxic exposure until disease occurs since these hazardous chemicals gradually cause damage to the organ or tissue they reach in the body.
The following are the diseases and health issues you may develop as a consequence of toxic exposure that occurred at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and also the diagnoses that make you eligible for compensation:
It is essential to know that if you struggle with any other cancer, you are still entitled to financial compensation since toxic exposure has a strong connection with a wide range of malignant diseases.
Thereby, regardless of the location of cancer in your body, please contact our law firm if your diagnosis is the result of spending time at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, either as a veteran or as a family member of one.