During wartime in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Southwest Asia, the US military burned trash created by bases in vast amounts. These burn pits included solid waste plastics, medical waste, rubber, and potentially dangerous materials.
Being around the smoke and fumes of these pits during deployment can have serious consequences. New studies indicate that particulate matter, among other deadly chemicals, contributes to severe or even fatal physical health conditions later in life. As such, it is essential to understand if you may be at risk for these medical conditions and what you can do to get the compensation you deserve.
Particulate matter is microscopic solid or liquid matter suspended in the air, particularly when objects are burned. Some of this matter, such as dust and soot, is visible to the human eye, while others are too small to see. Particulate matter is commonly exerted in burn pits, where dangerous chemicals are released from military trash into the air. These small particles pose a severe health risk and can get sucked into the lungs and bloodstream.
In the short term, exposure to particulate matter can lead to mild symptoms such as:
If these symptoms persist over time, they can develop into much more dangerous physical conditions. Even without these symptoms, exposure can put you at risk for long-term health conditions.
Particulate matter pollution has been proven to cause respiratory illnesses such as chronic asthma, rhinitis, bronchitis, and sinusitis. Many of these illnesses are permanent and can carry a serious physical and financial burden. Combined with other deadly chemicals in the burn pits, exposure can lead to even more serious long-term consequences such as heart disease, lung cancer, stomach cancers, limited liver and kidney function, and damage to the nervous system. Those who suffer these devastating medical issues after military service may be able to file a claim seeking benefits.
If you have been exposed to burn pits during deployment, you may be eligible for financial compensation. Call our firm to learn more and see how we can help with your particulate matter claim.