Burn Pit Exposure Attorneys
For Civilians Injured on Military Bases
Orange County Register Calls Burn Pits “the New Agent Orange”
In a scathing new exposé, the Orange County Register has called military Burn Pits “the new Agent Orange” for cancer-stricken veterans.
Our attorneys wholehearted agree with the Registers’ assessment of this tragic situation – and would like to add that Burn Pit exposure was not only a travesty committed against the enlisted, but also an unforgivable disservice to the male and female civilians who served on these bases.
Military Still Denies Burn Pit Dangers
The US Military has a history of denying – or even covering up – the secondary illnesses and disease that result from wartime exposures. The Orange County Register notes that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs took years to acknowledge the lethal effects of Agent Orange.
And now, the V.A. officials are once again dragging their feet in admitting — and providing compensating for – the long-term impact of Burn Pits exposure. The Register article reports that the V.A. documents state: “At this time, research does not show evidence of long-term health problems from exposure to burn pits.”
But the horror stories of hundreds of veterans exposed to Burn Pits who are now seriously or fatally ill tell a different story.
The Orange County Register reports that The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has 110,989 veterans and service members listed on its latest burn pits registry. And, tragically, this does not even take into account the thousands of civilian contractors who were exposed to Burn Pits while working abroad on military bases overseas.
The V.A. Flip Flops on Burn Pit Exposure
According to that article, a study by the V.A’s Public Health Department admits that short-term burn pit exposure “may result in burning, dry or tearing eyes, nasal congestion, sneezing, sore throat, cough, etc.” And it also concedes that “service members with pre-existing asthma or a natural tendency for asthma, chronic lung problems, or allergies may have respiratory symptoms for a longer period of time.”
But when it comes to admitting and address long-term problems due to Burn Pit exposure, the study flip-flops, stating: “Currently, there is not enough medical or scientific information (to know the) potential for long-term health effects.”
Why Burn Pit Exposure Can Be Worse for Civilians
Our hearts go out to the many veterans who are suffering with cancer, COPD and other tragic illnesses resulting from burn pit exposure. And, while the V.A. still grapples with accountability, it does provide a lifetime of medical and psychological care for its wounded and diseased veterans.
But civilian contractors exposed to burn pit toxins are in an even worse position in some respects. Most civilian workers who were employed as military contractors in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other installations with Burn Pits are now back state-side – and have gone on to other jobs or employers. And so they do not even have the benefit of ongoing V.A. health benefits.
Indeed, the burn Pit Registry itself is for veterans only – and excludes civilians who were made ill by the same Burn Pits.
And, even if the civilian worker is still with the same employer, many times the company or their insurance company will deny that the current illness is the result of burn pit exposure.
Getting Compensation for Civilian Burn Pit Exposure
If you were employed overseas by a private military contractor and you were injured or made ill by exposure to burn pit smoke and fumes, you are entitled to compensation under the Defense Base Act.
#1. Medical Treatment for Your Burn Pit Related Illness – including all necessary medical, physician, surgical & hospital care; as well as all medications, medical devices, therapy, etc. for as long as the illness or the process of recovery requires.
#2. Temporary and/or Permanent Disability Benefits for Burn Pit illness – 2/3 or your average weekly earnings, up to the maximum amount.
#3. Death Benefits for Your Family – should you tragically pass away due to the Burn Pit related illness.
Civilian Burn Pit Exposure Attorneys
The attorneys at Cantrell Green are among very few who are specialized in Defense Base Act cases who have handled several burn pit case. We are here to help you collect the compensation you and your family deserve for the devastating illness you have suffered as a result of your employer’s negligence in exposing you to toxic burn pits.
Call our burn pit exposure attorneys immediately, or fill out the short form on the right, to schedule a FREE CONSULTATION with one of our skilled and experienced Defense Base Act burn pit exposure case attorneys.
Our highly specialized Defense Base Act attorneys have successfully filed hundreds of Defense Base Act applications and appeals – obtaining millions of dollars in DBA benefits in our four decades of legal service.
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