The military base was recognized as a permanent facility by the end of 1944. Many Operating Force battalions are currently stationed at the Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton. But water contamination is a problem. Sadly, this military base is polluted with a number of harmful substances, including PFAS.
You should get in touch with a Camp Pendleton toxic chemical exposure cancer lawyer if you were stationed at this base and later developed a condition that might be related to exposure to PFAS. Ehline Law can help you get restitution for your suffering.
Unfortunately, the soil and groundwater of this military facility are highly polluted as a result of previous unlawful toxin disposal. We will discuss the main toxic chemicals that have been identified at this base in the section below.
The use of Aqueous Film Forming Foam (AFFF), a fire retardant used by military firefighters and trainees to put out fires caused by jet fuel and petroleum, resulted in the release of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).
PFAS is a group of toxic substances, one of the principal contaminants on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton.
Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton’s soil and water contamination is more severe than you might think. The base has a PFAS content of 820 parts per trillion. This is 11 times more than the acceptable level permitted by the Environmental Protection Agency.
Because of high PFAS levels, military personnel stationed there are in great danger of developing serious illnesses because of toxic exposure to PFAS. The level of hazardous exposure is further worsened by the presence of many more contaminants at the base.
Long-term health problems, such as cancers, are common with prolonged overexposure to PFAS.
We’ll discuss the volatile organic compounds and other toxic substances that have been identified at this military base in the section below. Additionally, we’ll also cover the risks associated with exposure to these dangerous chemicals.
Antimony – affects the skin, eyes, and respiratory tract
Aluminum – exposure to Aluminum isn’t harmful in small quantities. However, breathing in large amounts of this substance could lead to lung problems
Arsenic – causes cancer and skin lesions
Beryllium – a carcinogenic chemical that can cause a variety of health problems in the respiratory tract and burning and itching if it enters the eyes
Barium – causes breathing difficulty, stomach irritation, changes in nerve reflexes, and more
Cadmium – lung damage and even death
Boron – overexposure to boron can cause numerous health problems, such as stomach problems, kidney issues, and more
Chromium – irritates the lungs, throat, and nose
Vinyl chloride – causes drowsiness, dizziness, unconsciousness, and even death
Cobalt – may cause an asthma-like allergy
Iron – exposure could cause eye and skin irritation, as well as lung damage and metal-fume fever if inhaled
Copper – headaches, diarrhea, and kidney failure
Manganese – causes delayed motor movements
Lead – weakness, anemia, brain damage, kidney damage
Mercury – toxic exposure causes a number of issues, such as chest pain and weakness
Thallium – temporary hair loss, diarrhea, vomiting, and death
Tetrachloroethene – exposure could result in respiratory system-related health complications
Vanadium – causes dizziness, tremors, headaches, shortness of breath, and more
Toluene – could cause a number of long-term and short-term health conditions, including anxiety, insomnia, confusion, and nerve damage
Zinc – this substance causes respiratory tract irritation, which can result in several complications, such as pneumothorax and bilateral diffuse infiltrations
Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, which spans 125,000 acres, is presently a Superfund site. Unsurprisingly, the EPA has been working steadfastly on remediation efforts to reduce the risk of hazardous exposure in the facility. However, these efforts have been ongoing for more than 25 years.
The well-being of those deployed at this military facility is still at stake since the cleanup of toxins is still ongoing. Exposure to so many harmful substances can quickly cause serious illnesses within a few years.
It’s important to understand that only if your medical diagnosis can be linked to exposure to PFAS can you make a hazardous exposure claim. Moreover, you had to have worked at this base before you developed a health condition.
Those who have been exposed to toxic chemicals and have experienced unfavorable side effects can seek restitution. Although there isn’t a law in place, like the Camp Lejeune Justice Act, that allows victims to obtain compensation for toxic exposure, those in active duty service at this base can file a lawsuit for compensation.
Camp Pendleton isn’t the only base affected by toxic contaminants. Other military bases, like Camp Lejeune, are also the subject of a number of lawsuits. Military personnel stationed at this base between August 1, 1953, and December 31, 1987, may claim damages for being given contaminated water to drink.
Similarly, those clients of ours who were residents at the Camp Pendleton military base may also claim compensation for complications that occurred as a direct result of the toxic substances found at the facility.
If you receive treatment for toxic exposure (Benzene, etc.), ensure that you store your medical records in a safe place because you will have to prove that your health problems were related to these toxic chemicals. You should be mindful that diseases resulting from exposure to PFAS can take several years or more to develop. You are responsible for your SRB and getting copies as a veteran! That is the only way we can evaluate and establish whether you qualify under the limitations of the law with the Department of Defense, etc.
You have the right to file a toxic exposure lawsuit on behalf of your baby if you were pregnant while residing at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton and had a baby with a health problem. To find out more, get in touch with Ehline Law, and we’ll help you get justice for your child’s suffering.
Other lawyers don’t have our military background, and fewer are Marines. End of the discussion, we are the best lawyers! Are you discharged, retired, or on active duty at the Marine Corps Camp Pendleton Base? Have you begun to experience health complications due to exposure to heavily contaminated groundwater and soil after spending time there? It’s not just happening in North Carolina. Our superior personal injury attorneys in Southern California can help you obtain the financial compensation you deserve to cover medical bills and more.
If you develop presumptive conditions, such as diabetes, hypertension, or arthritis as a result of toxic exposure, you may qualify for disability compensation. We can help you file for disability benefits, so talk to an attorney for more information.
Suppose your health was impacted by environmental exposure while residing in a polluted military facility. In that case, you ought to file a claim for compensatory damages.
Not only will doing so get you a sizable amount of money that will help you to pay for better medical care, but it will also hold the party at fault accountable for their negligence.
Michael is a managing partner at the nationwide Ehline Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, APLC. He’s an inactive Marine and became a lawyer in the California State Bar Law Office Study Program, later receiving his J.D. from UWLA School of Law. Michael has won some of the world’s largest motorcycle accident settlements.
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