What You Should Know About Exposure to Toxic Fumes in the Military

What You Should Know About Exposure to Toxic Fumes in the Military

Jan 18, 2023 | Defense Base Act

Serving in the military is one of the biggest honors that one can have as a United States citizen. Unfortunately, it can come with its downsides when it comes to individual well-being. 

Over half of the veterans surveyed cited that health was a primary concern once they transitioned away from the military. One of the reasons why these veterans could be experiencing health issues is because of possible exposure to toxic fumes. 

What do you need to know about toxic fume inhalation? How do you know if you had exposure to hazardous chemicals? 

These are a few things that you need to know about the subject. 

What Are Toxic Fumes? 

Toxic fumes are anything harmful in the air that you may have breathed in. Examples can include the smoke that is coming out of a burning building, carbon monoxide, dust, or anything else that is caused because of a harmful explosion. 

You need to think about a possible time that you or a loved one were in a situation like this during military service. If so, then what that was is exposure to toxic fumes. 

Health Effects 

So, what kind of health effects can toxic fumes have on a person? Well, the truth is, there is no exact answer. It can depend on how much exposure you have to those fumes and what kind of fumes you were exposed to. 

What is even trickier about this is that there is no exact symptom that you can see immediately. You see, these toxic fumes can do long-term damage to your health. 

An example can be someone developing brain cancer because of exposure to certain toxic fumes. Other examples can include respiratory issues, lung issues, and other permanent health conditions that can originate from this. 

Taking Action 

One thing you can do if you or a loved one suspects exposure to toxic fumes during military service is to take action. Research what type of environments that you can get exposed to in the military. 

From there, try to retrace your steps to see if anything in your experience lines up with the research and the signs of you or a loved one being exposed to toxic fumes. 

If you do see a connecting dot, you should take action immediately and seek some medical attention. After that, it may be time to contact an attorney

File a Claim 

If you have done the above and are convinced that you or a loved one were exposed to toxic fumes, then you need to seek out a lawyer that can help you get the compensation that you deserve. 

You may not think it is necessary, but this could have led to a condition that cost you hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical bills. It may have even affected someone’s ability to work years later. 

Are you ready to get the compensation that you deserve? Get a free consultation with us today.