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PFAS Exposure at China Lake Naval Base

Originally known as the Naval Ordnance Test Station, the military base is located in China Lake, California. It is still operating today. However, during the la century, the drinking water at China Lake Naval Base was contaminated with PFAS, a group of dangerous chemicals, exposure to which can have devastating effects on human health. The military base represents 85% of the U.S. Navy’s land for weapons and armaments research, development, acquisition, testing, and evaluation use, and 38% of the U.S. Navy’s land holdings worldwide. If you were stationed at China Lake Naval Base for at least 30 days, either as a member of the military or as a family member of one and came to struggle with a disease as a result of drinking tainted water, you are eligible for compensation, which our law firm will efficiently help you recover.

China Lake Naval Base is located in the Western Mojave Desert area of California, approximately 150 miles north of Los Angeles. It expands over 3 counties, namely Kern, San Bernardino, and Inyo. The Environmental Protection Agency tested 11 wells on the base and found that 7 of them were contaminated with PFAS. The agency also discovered that the levels of PFAS were 8 million parts per trillion, which makes China Lake Naval Base one of the most severely contaminated places in the world. The only more heavily polluted area is that of England Air Force Base in Alexandria, Louisiana. There are 94 contaminated sites at China Lake Naval Base and the cost of the cleanup done by the EPA so far is $127 million. The completion of the cleanup is estimated to end in 2023 and the agency will need another $104 million to perform it.

What Diseases Can Exposure to PFAS from Drinking Water Cause?

PFAS are a group of toxic chemicals, namely perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl, exposure to which can lead to the development of multiple serious diseases over the years. It is important to know that exposure to PFAS does not result in immediate health effects, as once inside the body, these toxic agents take years or even decades to cause disease. Therefore, if you were stationed at China Lake Naval Base for at least one year, either as a member of the military or as a family member of one, you were inevitably exposed to PFAS by drinking tainted water. These are the most common diseases, as well as the diseases that make you eligible for seeking compensation, which exposure to PFAS can lead to:

If you notice a new onset of symptoms as a veteran who spent time at China Lake Naval Base or as a family member of one, please seek medical attention immediately. You may have unknowingly developed a disease as a consequence of exposure to PFAS, as these diseases are usually asymptomatic in their early phases. A medical specialist will thoroughly examine you and subsequently assign you a correct and accurate diagnosis. However, because these diseases are often misdiagnosed, it is a good idea to seek a second opinion. Not only will a correct diagnosis help you receive the treatment you need, but it may also qualify you for compensation from the China Lake Naval Base. It is worthy of note that, if you have any other cancer, you are still eligible for recovering financial compensation, as exposure to PFAS is linked to numerous malignant diseases.

Quality Assistance for Veterans and Family Members Injured by Exposure to PFAS

In the unfortunate case that you were diagnosed with a disease following exposure to PFAS at China Lake Naval Base, please contact our attorneys for a free of charge case review, as you may be entitled to financial compensation. Since 1990, our law firm has been pursuing compensation for victims of toxic exposure and their family members and will gladly help you as well. The only documents you will have to submit are your military and medical records, which will accompany your claim as evidence. It is important to know that the process requires minimal involvement on your part, as our skilled legal team will take care of the majority of paperwork on your behalf so that you can continue to focus on your health. Eventually, after we file a claim with China Lake Naval Base, you will receive the maximum compensation available for your physical and emotional distress. Finally, it is worthy of note that if you already receive disability compensation from the VA, you can still file a claim with Alameda Naval Base, as you are entitled to money from both.

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