Fort Ord Toxic Exposure Claims & Settlement Lawyer

Exposure to toxic chemicals has been and continues to be an issue for individuals nationwide. Cities, counties, and even entire states have sued manufacturers for polluting water sources and communities. There have been several occurrences of toxic exposure on military bases, including Camp Lejeune and Red Hill. Another emerging example of chemical contamination at a military base is Fort Ord in California. Those who have lived or still live at Fort Ord may be victims of highly toxic chemicals known to cause cancer and other illnesses. A Fort Ord toxic exposure lawyer can help servicemembers and civilians recover compensation for their injuries. 

The Lake Law Firm is currently representing individuals harmed by toxic exposure at the Fort Ord military base in California. Exposure to the chemicals identified in this base can lead to severe adverse health effects and life-long injuries. 

What Is Fort Ord?

Fort Ord is a former U.S. Army post located off the coast in Monterey Bay, California. The base was operational from 1917 to 1994. It was primarily used as an infantry training base to prepare troops for war. As many as 1.5 million American troops have trained at Fort Ord. It was also a staging area for units during World War II, the Korean War, and again in the 1960s for troops deployed to the Vietnam War.

At its height, over 50,000 soldiers called Fort Ord home. It was a significantly large base, with 6,000 family housing units and 4,200 structures by the end of its operation. Following its closure in 1994, Fort Ord was turned into a national monument. A small portion remains under the control of the U.S. Army, known as the Ord Military Community. 

What Chemicals Have Been Found at Fort Ord?

Fort Ord was originally seen as an ideal base to be stationed at because it was by the beach and had agreeable weather. However, decades of waste disposal, burn pits, and spraying chemicals led the EPA to add the base to its National Priorities List. The EPA reserves this list for areas that are a threat to hazardous substances, pollutants, or contaminants. 

Chemicals identified on the base include: 

  • Trichloroethylene (TCE)
  • Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA)
  • Perfluorooctane Sulfonate (PFOS)
  • Benzene
  • Dichloroethene (DCE)

These chemicals seeped into the soil and groundwater, thus contaminating the base’s water supply. The list above only covers some of the most prevalent chemicals identified on the base. In fact, the EPA recorded over 40 contaminants of concern. Furthermore, the Army found TCE in Fort Ord’s wells 43 separate times from 1985 to 1994. Eighteen of the tests showed TCE exceeded legal safety limits.

If you were exposed to these chemicals while stationed at Fort Ord, you may qualify for a Fort Ord toxic exposure lawsuit. Contact The Lake Law Firm today for a free and confidential case evaluation. 

What Caused the Chemicals at Fort Ord?

The military regularly used a popular fire suppressant, Aqueous Film-Forming Foam (AFFF), to extinguish fires at Fort Ord. AFFF contains dangerous amounts of PFAS, which linger in the environment. 

Waste from motor vehicles, artillery, chemical spills, and the improper dumping of chemicals in landfills contributed to the pollution at the base. 

Injuries in Fort Ord Toxic Exposure Lawsuits

Many of the chemicals found at Fort Ord were also located on the infamous Camp Lejeune military base in North Carolina. Individuals have filed thousands of Camp Lejeune water contamination lawsuits over injuries allegedly caused by the chemicals in the water supply. A Fort Ord toxic exposure claim can help you seek justice like those filing Camp Lejeune lawsuits. 

PFOA and PFOS are per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), referred to as “forever chemicals.” Ingestion or inhalation of PFAS and the additional chemicals at Fort Ord may result in: 

  • Various cancers, including multiple myeloma, leukemia, kidney, prostate, lung, liver, ovarian, and more
  • Reproductive problems
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Renal toxicity
  • Birth defects
  • Heart issues
  • And more  

This is not an exhaustive list of all the health problems potentially linked to the chemicals at Fort Ord. If you were diagnosed with an injury outside the ones included on this page, contact The Lake Law Firm today to find out if you qualify for a Fort Ord toxic exposure lawsuit. 

Should I Enlist the Help of a Fort Ord Toxic Exposure Lawyer?

Servicemembers and civilians who lived at Fort Ord and later developed an illness may be entitled to financial compensation. We want to support individuals affected by the chemicals at the California base in filing Fort Ord toxic exposure claims. 

Lawyers from The Lake Law Firm have the necessary experience litigating toxic exposure claims. Our lawyers are involved in multiple lawsuits similar to Fort Ord, including firefighting foam, Camp Lejeune, Red Hill, and more. Therefore, our legal team understands what goes into successfully handling these types of claims.

We can gather the necessary documentation, file your claim, and defend you to work towards a positive resolution to your lawsuit. The Lake Law Firm will fight for you, so you don’t have to do this alone. 

Can I Recover Compensation in a Fort Ord Toxic Exposure Lawsuit?

If you were stationed at Fort Ord military base and later developed health problems, a Fort Ord toxic exposure lawyer can help you recover compensation for: 

  • Past and future medical expenses;
  • Past and future pain and suffering;
  • Loss of wages; and 
  • Other economic losses related to your injury

According to a study by AP News, in the region that includes Fort Ord, veterans have a 35% higher rate of multiple myeloma than the general U.S. population. As the years go by, more people are coming forward with claims that their time at Fort Ord was responsible for severe health issues. 

Were you harmed by the contaminants uncovered at the Fort Ord military base? Reach out to The Lake Law Firm today to learn how a Fort Ord toxic exposure lawyer can advocate for you. 

Fort Ord Toxic Exposure Settlements and Verdicts

Currently, there are no Fort Ord toxic exposure settlements or verdicts. Several details impact settlement amounts in cases like these. The type of injury, the extent of your harm, how these injuries affected your life, and more may factor into your settlement or verdict. Compensation amounts for individuals who suffered toxic exposure at Fort Ord are unique to each individual’s claims.

Speak with a Fort Ord toxic exposure lawyer today to understand how much you may receive through a lawsuit. 

How Our Law Firm Can Help You

The Lake Law Firm was founded by Edward J. Lake, Esq., a personal injury lawyer for over 25 years. Our dedicated team of attorneys is committed to seeking justice on behalf of those who have suffered injury or death due to the negligence of others. Our experienced attorneys handle many different types of pharmaceutical drugs, medical devices, and other defective products. The lawyers in our firm have helped collect millions of dollars for their clients. A Fort Ord toxic exposure lawyer will advocate for you and your rights. Please contact us for a free confidential case evaluation at (888) 525-3529 or submit an inquiry on this page.