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PFAS Exposure at Ellsworth Air Force Base

Located approximately 10 miles northeast of Rapid City, South Dakota, the military base has a population of military members, civilian employees, and family members of 8,000. Today, Ellsworth Air Force Base is a Superfund site, which the Environmental Protection Agency is still cleaning, as several toxic agents infiltrated the drinking water, as well as the air and the soil, on the base during the last century. The agency is currently cleaning 12 areas of the base, including landfills, a fire protection training area, and spill sites. If you lived for at least 1 year, either alone or with your family members, on the base and subsequently developed a disease that may be the consequence of exposure to toxic agents from drinking water, you are eligible for compensation, which our resourceful attorneys will help you recover within the shortest time possible.

For decades, Ellsworth Air Force Base has been using AFFF to put out aircraft fires. The fire suppressant, while very effective, contains a group of chemicals known as PFAS, which are toxic to human health. The most common way of exposure to PFAS is drinking contaminated water. It is worthy of note that, once inside the body, PFAS will not lead to a disease immediately, as these chemicals gradually cause damage to the organs. Thereby, it may take 10 to 20 years for a disease to occur. The remedies the EPA has been applying on Ellsworth Air Force Base in their attempt to clean the area up include groundwater pump-and-treat systems, soil excavation, and institutional controls. If you are a veteran or a family member of one who spent 1 year or longer on Ellsworth Air Force Base and developed a disease, you may be eligible for compensation, which our skilled legal team will help you recover.

What Toxic Agents Were Present on Ellsworth Air Force Base?

In addition to PFAS, which was the primary contaminant on the base, there were other toxic agents polluting the drinking water. Similarly to PFAS, a disease will not ensue immediately after exposure, since these dangerous chemicals take years to cause health problems. The following are other toxic agents that could be found in the drinking water at Ellsworth Air Force Base:

  • petroleum
  • waste solvents
  • aluminum
  • radioactive waste
  • benzene
  • arsenic
  • cadmium
  • ethylbenzene
  • lead
  • manganese
  • mercury
  • toluene

People who were stationed on Ellsworth Air Force Base after 1970, when AFFF became popular, are the most susceptible to developing a terrible disease as a result of exposure. Firefighters are particularly at high risk, as they would handle AFFF every day, which inevitably led to exposure. While researchers are striving to come up with a viable, non-toxic alternative to AFFF, the fire suppressant is still used by civilian and military firefighters. If you are a veteran or a family member of one and experience a new onset of symptoms, please seek medical attention immediately, as you may have developed a disease as a consequence of PFAS exposure.

What Diseases Can PFAS Exposure Lead To?

Although medical literature suggests a connection between exposure to AFFF and multiple health issues, there are only certain diseases for which you can seek financial compensation. If you have one of the diagnoses below and were stationed for at least 1 year at Ellsworth Air Force Base, you qualify for compensation. The following are the diseases that make you eligible for applying for compensation:

In the unfortunate case you developed one of the diseases above and were stationed at Ellsworth Air Force Base for at least 1 year, do not hesitate to contact our law firm, as we will carefully evaluate your situation and will subsequently prepare your claim for submission. It is important to know that if you have any other cancer, you still qualify for compensation, as there is a causal relation between exposure to PFAS and numerous malignant diseases. The compensation you will recover will also help you afford better healthcare and treatment.

File a Claim for Toxic Exposure with the Assistance of Our Skillful Legal Team

With over three decades of experience in pursuing toxic exposure cases, our attorneys are here to help you recover the compensation you deserve if you are a veteran or a family member of one who was stationed at Ellsworth Air Force Base for at least 1 year. The process, while complex and tedious, will require minimal involvement on your part, as you will only have to provide our legal team with your military and medical records. The rest of the paperwork will be efficiently handled by our law firm. Eventually, you will receive the maximum compensation available for you if you choose to work with a lawyer who specializes in toxic exposure cases. Lastly, it is noteworthy that we work on a contingency fee basis, which means that you will not have to pay our legal team anything unless they recover compensation for you. 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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