If you are suffering health effects from exposure to toxic military burn pits while deployed overseas in the Army, Marines, or other military branches, you may be entitled to VA compensation for burn pit exposure. A Texas burn pit attorney at Brooks & Radchenko can help you get the compensation you deserve.
More than three million veterans benefit from the Comprehensive Toxics Act of 2022, known as the Honoring our PACT Act of 2022. The PACT Act was introduced in June 2021 and worked its way through the House of Representatives and Senate. President Bident signed the PACT Act on August 10, 2022. This extended VA health care benefits to military members and veterans who were exposed to toxic chemicals and suffered burn pit illness. Compensation may also be available to civilian contractors under the Defense Base Act.
Brooks & Radchenko is a burn pit law firm investigating US military burn pit victims’ rights. If you are in the DFW or North Texas area and were exposed to burn pit smoke while serving in the army or as a civilian employee for a defense contract firm overseas, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact us to speak to a burn pit exposure attorney about your rights.
Burn pits, sometimes stylized as “burnpits”, were open-air waste disposal areas at military sites.
They were common in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Djibouti, the Gulf of Aden, the Gulf of Oman, Oman, Qatar, the UAE, Egypt, and the Waters of the Persian Gulf, the Arabian Sea, and the Red Sea. Military and contractors put all kinds of waste in military burn pits, including:
Jet fuel was commonly used as an accelerant. Military and army burn pits were often within walking distance of military barracks, and soldiers and defense contractors in the area of burn pits reported experiencing headaches, eye irritation, throat irritation, breathing difficulties, and skin itching and rashes. Desert winds would carry smoke from the US military burn pits for miles, making burn pit exposure possible, even to soldiers and contractors who were miles away.
The PACT Act was significant for burn pit victims because it added more than 20 presumptive conditions for exposure to toxic army burn pits, including:
Some who served overseas continued to have symptoms and problems years after service. For others, far more concerning health issues developed, like fast-spreading cancers. The inclusion of these as presumptive conditions (VA burn pit presumptive conditions listed below) is significant because there is no longer the requirement to establish and prove the link between the condition and your service. With presumptive conditions, simply having the medical condition is enough.
Brooks & Radchenko offers a free in-person or online consult with an attorney. If you are in the DFW area or North Texas and would like to speak with a lawyer about a potential VA compensation claim or lawsuit, contact us to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced lawyers.
The VA list of presumptive military burn pits cancer types includes:
Many respiratory conditions have been deemed a burn pit illness. Exposure to toxic military burn pits has been linked to many respiratory diseases and illnesses related to burn pits. In 2022, the list of conditions established to be ''Presumptive Conditions'' was expanded to include:
The United States Department of Veterans Affairs (the VA) has clearly established which veterans are automatically qualifying for VA burn pit claims compensation based on timeframe and locations of service.
On or after August 2, 1990:
On or after September 11, 2001:
Any service member who served in these locations is presumed to have been exposed to toxic burn pits.
Ready to speak with a professional Texas burn pit attorney about your rights to compensation after exposure to a burn pit and experiencing an illness related to burn pits? Contact the law firm of Brooks & Radchenko today to schedule an in-person or online consultation.
Military service members are not the only Americans exposed to toxic burn pits.
Employees of civilian defense contractors who were exposed to toxic burn pit smoke may be able to recover compensation under the Defense Base Act, which is a Division of Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation (DLHWC). Compensation available (and length of payments) will depend on the level of disability:
Civilian contractors are not entitled to VA burn pit compensation, but the Defense Base Act is an alternative to VA burn pit claims through a worker's compensation claim for medical, wage, and vocational rehabilitation benefits. It may be helpful to work with an attorney to pursue wage benefits under the Defense Base Act - to ensure you receive the maximum compensation available.
Halina Radchenko is an advisor and advocate for individuals who have suffered injury and illness due to the negligence of others. She is passionate about leveling the playing field for those who have been injured. Her mission in every case is to obtain maximum compensation for her clients and hold responsible parties accountable.
Suffering health problems from burn pit exposure? Compensation may be available for medical care and other benefits. You can immediately request authorization by submitting a disability claims form (Form LS-201) with the VA.
Brooks & Radchenko are investigating burn pit claims and evaluating potential cases involving VA compensation for burn pit exposure causing respiratory illness or cancer. We understand that navigating a claim can be challenging. Contact us today to speak with a toxic tort attorney about initiating a military burn pit claim. We can provide guidance on the process and answer any questions you have.
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