Environmental Exposures

ROB LEVINE, A LAWYER FOR YOUR VETERANS DISABILITY EXPOSURE CLAIM

ARE YOU A VETERAN SUFFERING FROM COMPLICATIONS CAUSED BY ENVIRONMENTAL HAZARDS?

Some of the most severe and long-term injuries from military service come from exposure to contaminated water and other environmental hazards. This exposure can cause debilitating consequences that affect veterans for the remainder of their lives.

WERE YOU EXPOSED TO ENVIRONMENTAL HAZARDS OR CONTAMINANTS DURING MILITARY SERVICE?

The VA Disability system is confusing and time-consuming. It can be especially difficult to win benefits for a disability related to an environmental exposure from your military service. Winning these cases requires an expert who knows the ins and outs of the VA system, and can obtain the right medical opinion that ties everything together. Rob Levine & Associates has assisted countless veterans in obtaining benefits due to environmental exposures that had devastating impact on their health. Our firm takes on an array of diverse environmental exposure cases, including but not limited to:

  • Agent Orange
  • Camp Lejeune
  • Burn Pits and Other Gulf War Exposures
  • Contaminated Water at Various Military Bases

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AGENT ORANGE

Agent Orange was a poisonous herbicide used by the U.S. military in Vietnam, Thailand, the Korean DMZ, and other locations throughout the globe. Used to destroy vegetation, Agent Orange had a devastating impact on both the environment and human health.

In recognition of significant research linking Agent Orange exposure to certain medical conditions, the VA has created regulations to make it easier for veterans to establish service connection for such conditions. Presumptive service connection due to Agent Orange exposure is available to certain veterans who served in Vietnam, served on the Korean DMZ, worked on Air Force planes that carried Agent Orange, or can prove actual exposure.

Veterans with Agent Orange exposure may receive presumptive service connection for the following conditions:

  • AL Amyloidosis
  • Chronic B-cell Leukemia
  • Chloracne (or similar acneform disease)
  • Diabetes Mellitus Type 2
  • Hodgkin’s Disease
  • Ischemic Heart Disease
  • Multiple Myeloma
  • Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Peripheral Neuropathy, Early-Onset
  • Porphyria Cutanea Tarda
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Respiratory Cancer (includes lung cancer)
  • Soft Tissue Sarcoma (other than osteosarcoma, chondrosarcoma, Kaposi’s sarcoma, or mesothelioma)

Dealing with the effects of Agent Orange exposure can be hard enough. Don’t add the stress and frustration of battling the VA alone. Contact our team for a free case evaluation, and we’ll work hard to get you the benefits you deserve!

CAMP LEJEUNE

It has been recently discovered that Camp Lejeune, a Marine Corps military base in North Carolina, has had toxic drinking water for decades. Between August 1, 1953 and December 31, 1987, Camp Lejeune drinking water was contaminated with harmful carcinogens such as Benzene, Perchloroethylene (PCE), Trichloroethylene (TCE), and Vinyl Chloride.

In recognition of significant research linking Camp Lejeune contaminated water to certain medical conditions, the VA has created regulations to make it easier for veterans to establish service connection for such conditions. Presumptive service connection is available to veterans who served at Camp Lejeune for no less than 30 days (either consecutively or non-consecutively) between August 1, 1953 and December 31, 1987 and have the following conditions:

  • Kidney Cancer
  • Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
  • Adult Leukemia
  • Liver Cancer
  • Bladder Cancer
  • Multiple Myeloma
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Aplastic Anemia and Other Myelodysplastic Syndromes

Dealing with the effects of Camp Lejeune toxic water exposure can be hard enough. Don’t add the stress and frustration of battling the VA alone. Contact our team for a free case evaluation, and we’ll work hard to get you the benefits you deserve!

BURN PITS AND OTHER GULF WAR EXPOSURES

During the Gulf War, many veterans were exposed to burn pits, sarin gas, depleted uranium, and burning oil wells. As a result, many Gulf War veterans suffer from medically unexplained illnesses, commonly known as “Gulf War Syndrome,” which may be tied to those exposures. Research continues to demonstrate that veterans who served in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom experience the same illnesses.

Veterans with eligible service in Southwest Asia may receive presumptive service connection for the following conditions related to Gulf War Syndrome:

  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders
  • Infectious Diseases Such As: Malaria, Brucellosis, Coxiella Burnetii (Q Fever), Mycobacterium Tuberculosis, Shigella, Campylobacter Jejuni, Non-typhoid Salmonella, West Nile Virus, and Visceral Leishmaniasis

Similarly, many veterans were exposed to environmental hazards from burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan. The U.S. military used large-scale open-air combustion as a form of waste management for billions of tons of trash over the past two decades. Veterans with exposure to burn pits now deal with debilitating medical conditions for which the VA refuses to grant benefits.

Dealing with the effects of burn pits and Gulf War exposures can be hard enough. Don’t add the stress and frustration of battling the VA alone. Contact our team for a free case evaluation, and we’ll work hard to get you the benefits you deserve!

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