Alabama Veterans Struggling for Benefits Related to Toxic Exposure
September 30th, 2014|
Many conditions can leave our nation’s veterans with disabilities. However, many illnesses and injuries take years to develop. And unfortunately, the longer a service member waits to apply for disability benefits, the higher the likelihood their veterans’ disability benefits claim may be denied.
Take the cases of thousands of Alabama veterans struggling with their health after exposure to toxic chemicals on a military base here in the state.
According to an article from FOX News, Fort McClellan was the home of our nation’s chemical, biological, and radiological weapons program. Unfortunately, many of the soldiers and staff stationed at the facility have become ill with serious medical conditions—including cancer and infertility—since their time serving in the military.
While the federal government has denied any wrongdoing in the past, victims claim they were exposed to toxic chemicals while working at the facility. They seem to be gaining support as well, considering several laws protecting the rights of these victims are currently being examined by legislators.
The first bill would establish a research facility to focus of diagnosing and treating health conditions suffered by descendents of veterans who suffered toxic exposure. The second aims to create a registry of those who worked at Fort McClellan during the years exposure occurred and offering participants information regarding the effects of chemical exposure.
At Norris Injury Lawyers, we understand the struggles many veterans face while applying for benefits, and our team of Birmingham personal injury attorneys can help in appealing a decision if your claim was denied in the past.
To learn about how we can help, call us today at (888) 318-4245.