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PFAS exposure at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base

Built in 1942, during World War II, the military base was named for Navy Lieutenant Seymour Johnson, a test pilot who lost his life in the airplane crash that occurred near Norbeck, Maryland, in 1941. It is located in Goldsboro, North Carolina, and in 1940, the War Department deemed the airport essential to national defense.

However, the water system on the Seymour Johnson Air Force Base was contaminated with PFAS, a group of dangerous chemicals, as a result of military firefighters using aqueous film-forming foam, commonly known as AFFF. Because AFFF contains PFAS, contamination was inevitable. As a “forever contaminant”, PFAS can easily infiltrate the soil and the water of the area where they are released.

In 2017, when the last test was conducted, the Environmental Protection Agency found a level of over 300,000 parts per trillion of PFAS in the drinking water of Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, which is well above the permissible limit of 70 parts per trillion. However, one year later, the agency successfully removed the contaminant from the water system and today, the drinking water on Seymour Johnson is once again safe to consume. If you or a family member lived on the base for at least 1 cumulative year and subsequently developed a disease you suspect is the result of PFAS exposure, do not hesitate to contact Atraxia Law.

What other contaminants were present on Seymour Johnson Air Force Base?

In addition to PFAS, there were other toxic agents lurking in the drinking water of Seymour Johnson Air Force Base before 2018, when the EPA deemed the water safe. Exposure to these contaminants only increases the risk of developing a terrible disease, as they are highly toxic to the human body. The longer you were stationed on this military base, the greater the chances of developing a serious disease. Here are the other contaminants present on Seymour Johnson Air Force Base:

  • jet fuel
  • heavy metals
  • chlorinated solvents
  • volatile organic compounds
  • pesticides
  • semi-volatile organic compounds

If you experience a new onset of symptoms, please seek medical attention immediately, as you may have developed a serious disease. Nevertheless, because these diseases are often misdiagnosed, it is a good idea to look for a second and even a third opinion from other medical specialists. A correct and accurate diagnosis will not only help you receive appropriate treatment but may also qualify you for recovering compensation from the liable parties.

What diseases can exposure to PFAS result in?

Exposure to PFAS has been correlated with multiple diseases over recent years, as medical researchers began studying more extensively the health effects of drinking contaminated water. Nonetheless, if you were injured by exposure to PFAS which occurred during your stay at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, there are only certain diseases that make you eligible for seeking financial compensation. The following are the diseases that have a definitive causal relation with exposure to PFAS, as well as the diagnoses that qualify you for filing a claim:

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In the unfortunate event that you came to struggle with a disease that makes you eligible for filing a claim, please us and we will carefully evaluate your case. Our process is quick and easy and it takes place over the phone. If you meet all the eligibility criteria a skilled PFAS attorney will file a claim on your behalf. Eventually, you will receive the maximum compensation available for your diagnosis from the responsible parties.

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