Nadrich & Cohen is actively representing members of the United States Armed Forces who have suffered adverse health effects, including cancer, after being exposed to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) at military bases.
Over 700 U.S. military bases are confirmed or suspected to be contaminated by PFAS. PFAS are often referred to as “forever chemicals” because they persist indefinitely in the environment.
Firefighting foams containing PFAS have been used on U.S. military bases since the 1970s. Unfortunately, PFAS are linked with numerous adverse health effects, and they readily find their way into drinking water once they’ve been discharged into the environment. This means that service members at over 700 military bases may be exposed to PFAS every time they take a sip of tap water.
You may be eligible for financial compensation if you or a loved one developed any of the following health conditions after being exposed to PFAS at a military base:
- Kidney cancer
- Testicular cancer
- Pancreatic cancer
- Prostate cancer
- Breast cancer
- Liver cancer
- Myeloma/multiple myeloma
- Thyroid disease/hyperthyroidism
- Ulcerative colitis
We represent service members on a contingency fee basis. This means no fee is charged for our representation until and unless a recovery is obtained.
Call us today at 800-718-4658 for a free consultation if you or a loved one suffered any of the above health complications after PFAS exposure at a military base, or use the texting feature on this page.
What Can I Recover Money For In A PFAS Lawsuit?
You may be eligible for multiple types of financial compensation in a military base PFAS lawsuit, including compensation for:
- Past and future medical bills, including the costs of doctor visits, treatments, surgeries and prescriptions
- Physical and mental pain and suffering
- Wages lost due to time taken off work
- Loss of earning capacity if you’re no longer able to work
- Loss of the enjoyment of life
- Impairment and disability
- Loss of the benefits of marriage, including sex, comfort and care
- Funeral costs
How Does PFAS Exposure Occur At Military Bases?
Training exercises using aqueous film-forming foam (AFFF), a firefighting foam used to extinguish petroleum-based fires, have been conducted at military bases for decades. AFFF contains PFAS, sometimes including perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS).
The PFAS in AFFF can make their way into groundwater and local streams when the foam is washed away after training exercises. This can lead to contamination of the tap water that our service members use for drinking, cleaning, bathing, etc. PFAS can be absorbed by ingestion, inhalation, and even through the skin.
The same properties that allow PFAS to remain in the environment indefinitely without breaking down allow them to remain in the human body for a very long time without breaking down. This means that additional PFAS accumulate in the human body, especially in the kidneys, liver and bloodstream, with each exposure.
PFAS chemicals can also be found in firefighting gear.
What Military Bases Have Been Contaminated With PFAS?
Environmental Working Group maintains an updated map of over 700 military bases which have been confirmed or suspected to be contaminated by PFAS. The map can be found here.
Who Would Be Sued In A Military Base PFAS Lawsuit?
We would not file a lawsuit on your behalf against the U.S. military if you’ve been exposed to PFAS at a military base. Rather, we would file a lawsuit against the company that manufactured the AFFF containing the PFAS you were exposed to. Numerous companies have manufactured AFFF which has been used at military bases, including 3M and DuPont.
AFFF Makers Have Known The Foam Is Toxic For Decades
A 1983 study involving AFFF maker 3M linked PFOA with testicular cancer in rats. It is still not understood exactly how PFOA causes cancer in rats, and when it is not understood how a chemical causes cancer in test animals, it must be assumed that the chemical may cause cancer in humans as well.
Research by 1990 and additional research by 2010 found that workers exposed to PFOA saw higher cancer rates than other workers, and research by 2000 and additional research by the mid 2010’s linked multiple PFAS to testicular, liver and pancreatic cancer in rats.
AFFF manufacturers have, to this day, refused to warn on their product labels that the foam may cause cancer in humans, despite scientific studies, which were often undertaken by the manufacturers themselves, suggesting that the PFAS in AFFF may give people cancer. This failure to warn the public is negligent and reprehensible, and exposes AFFF makers to liability in PFAS exposure lawsuits.
How Much Do Nadrich & Cohen Cost?
Our representation will never cost you a single penny out of your own pocket. Our only fee is a portion of any financial compensation obtained, and we only charge a fee if we obtain financial compensation for you.
Military Base PFAS Exposure Lawyers
Nadrich & Cohen has been representing victims of exposure to toxic chemicals since 1990. We have tremendous experience in holding companies responsible for selling toxic chemicals without warning the public about the dangers associated with them.
Manufacturers of AFFF knew or should have known since the 1980’s that the PFAS in AFFF may cause cancer in humans, yet have continued to sell the foam without warning the public about the cancer risk. We intend to hold AFFF manufacturers accountable for knowing their products could injure people without warning anyone about it.
Call us today at 800-718-4658 for a free consultation if you or a loved one developed cancer or other serious health problems after being exposed to PFAS at a military base. You may be eligible for a financial recovery.