Fort McClellan

The Dangers of Toxic Exposure at Fort McClellan

by Staff Blogger | September 15th, 2015

The soldiers who serve our country face many dangers in the line of duty. However, one of the most dangerous and unrecognized hazards service members may face is exposure to harmful substances. Whether it’s radiation, bio hazardous materials, or toxic chemicals, the Birmingham environmental injury lawyers at Norris Injury Lawyers say it’s important to warn our veterans of the health risks they may be facing if they served at Fort McClellan here in Alabama.

Fort McClellan was a U.S. Army installation constructed in 1917. The facility was closed in 1999, but many toxic chemicals were present during the years leading up to the base’s decommission. The U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) has identified three common potential health hazards soldiers serving at Fort McClellan may face, including exposure to radioactive compounds and chemical warfare agents.

Another hazard soldiers stationed at Fort McClellan faced came from the Monsanto chemical plant located just down the road from the base. Data indicates harmful polychlorinated biphenyls were released into the air from the plant, causing harm to those stationed at the base.

Veterans who experience adverse health events as a result of toxic exposure at Fort McClellan may be eligible to receive veterans disability benefits. However, getting approved for benefits can be complicated. That’s why the legal team at Norris Injury Lawyers suggests speaking with a legal representative if your claim for veterans disability benefits has been denied in the past.