On the former Myrtle Beach Air Force Base, firefighters used a firefighting foam containing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). Scientists said that when the foam was washed away, these substances would seep into the ground contaminating the groundwater.
Located near Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Myrtle Beach Air Force Base opened as a municipal airport in 1939, and it became a defense site a year later. During the 20th century, the base's mission was recruitment and support of activities for units that camped on base and trained for airlifts. The base officially closed in 1993. In 2016, at the former Myrtle Beach Air Force Base, extremely high chemical levels were found in the groundwater under a section of the base where the military trained with toxic firefighting foam.
An undetermined number of servicemen and women and their family members, including infants, and children drank PFAS-contaminated water while stationed on Myrtle Beach Air Force Base, as the toxic agents infiltrated the water system. Some of the groundwater collected at the base contained PFAS levels thousands of times higher than the advised limit set by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) - 58,000 parts per trillion of the compounds.
If you are a retired service member or the family member of one who was stationed at Myrtle Beach Air Force Base for at least one year during the last century and developed a disease as a consequence of toxic exposure to PFAS, we strongly encourage you to contact Atraxia Law to discuss all criteria you need to meet for filing a claim.
Scientists say at just 70 parts per trillion, PFAS chemicals can cause a number of severe health complications, including reproductive, developmental, and immunological effects, and cancer.
If you were in contact with PFAS, whose main source is aqueous film-forming foam, while you were stationed at Myrtle Beach Air Force Base, a disease may not develop immediately, as PFAS chemicals will cause damage to the organ or tissue they reach in the body gradually. Thereby, disease symptoms may take many years to occur following exposure, which is why it was only recently that veterans came to struggle with serious afflictions.
If you have one of the following eligible diagnoses, we will promptly begin working on your case by taking care of all the necessary paperwork for you so that you can continue to focus on your health and treatment:
If you notice any worrying symptoms, we highly recommend you to not postpone seeking medical attention, as you may have developed a serious disease. Furthermore, because diseases caused by exposure to toxic chemicals are often misdiagnosed, you should be examined by multiple specialists in order to receive a correct diagnosis. It is worthy of note that an accurate diagnosis will make you eligible for recovering the financial compensation you are entitled to for your physical and emotional suffering.
While exposure to PFAS can also occur by inhaling the toxic agent, the majority of military and family members who spent time on Myrtle Beach Air Force Base came in contact with these dangerous chemicals by consuming contaminated water and food.
If you are a former service member whose health was affected by exposure to PFAS while you were stationed on Myrtle Beach Air Force Base for at least 1 cumulative year, our resourceful legal team will be able to recover the compensation you deserve for your suffering. If you were stationed at Myrtle Beach Air Force Base as a family member of a veteran and developed a disease as a consequence of PFAS exposure, you are entitled to financial compensation as well.
If you were stationed with your husband or alone, as a female member of the military, while you were pregnant at Myrtle Beach Air Force Base and gave birth to a child with health problems, you can also recover compensation on their behalf.
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