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PFAS Exposure at Jacksonville Naval Base

The military base, which was established in 1940, is located in Duval County, Florida, within the city limits of Jacksonville. Jacksonville Naval Base is part of Jacksonville Naval Complex, a collection of Navy Bases in the Jacksonville Metropolitan Area that also refer to Naval Station Mayport, Naval Outlying Landing Field Whitehouse and Naval Air Station Cecil Field. Today, the name of the base is Naval Air Station Jacksonville. Because military firefighters would use AFFF to extinguish aircraft fire, PFAS were inevitably released in the environment, where they will persist. Furthermore, the drinking water on Jacksonville Naval Base is contaminated with PFAS, which is why, if you are a veteran or a family member of one who lived on the base for at least 1 year and developed a serious disease, you are entitled to financial compensation.

The base currently provides facilities and support for the operation and maintenance of naval weapons and aircraft. In 1989, the Environmental Protection Agency deemed Jacksonville Naval Base a Superfund site, as the pollution there is very serious. Because numerous military firefighters would use aqueous film-forming foam, commonly know as AFFF, to extinguish aircraft fire during training or on duty, contamination with PFAS, a group of dangerous chemicals, was inevitable. Thereby, everyone who lived on base after 1970 was exposed to PFAS from drinking water, which now places veterans and their family members at high risk of developing a serious disease. The contamination with PFAS was so acute that over 3,000 warning letters have been sent to residents living nearby until now, as the pollution may have reached their water systems as well.

What Diseases Can You Develop As a Result of Drinking Water Contaminated with PFAS?

There are multiple diseases associated with exposure to PFAS, as the chemicals are very harmful to our health and can easily damage the vital organs in the body. While exposure to PFAS can also occur by inhaling the toxic agent, the majority of military and family members who spent time on Jacksonville Naval Base came in contact with these dangerous chemicals by drinking contaminated water. The following are the diseases that can ensue several years after you were exposed to PFAS, as well as the diagnoses that make you eligible for seeking financial compensation:

If you experience a new onset of symptoms, regardless of how much distress they cause you in your daily life, please seek medical attention as soon as possible, as you may have developed a disease as a result of exposure to PFAS on Jacksonville Naval Base. However, because these diseases are often misdiagnosed, it is a very good idea to seek a second and even a third opinion from medical specialists. In the regrettable event that you indeed have one of the eligible diseases, our attorneys will help you recover fair compensation for your injury. Finally, it is worthy of note that if you suffer from any other cancer, you still qualify for compensation, as there is a causal relation between exposure to PFAs and numerous malignant diseases.

Quality Assistance for Veterans and Family Members Injured by Exposure to PFAS on Jacksonville Naval Base

With over three decades of experience in pursuing toxic exposure cases, our attorneys are here to help you file a claim if you are a veteran or a family member of one who developed a disease as a consequence of PFAS exposure during your stay at Jacksonville Naval Base. After we deem you eligible, we will promptly file a claim on your behalf with Jacksonville Naval Base, as you are entitled to compensation from both. Since toxic exposure cases are very complex, our legal experts will conduct additional research to discover more evidence for your claim. Nevertheless, your involvement in the process will be minimal, as you will only have to provide your attorney with your military and medical records. Eventually, you will receive the maximum compensation available, which will also help you afford superior healthcare and treatment. 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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