Gulf War Illness Claims
Gulf War Veterans may have been exposed to a wide range of different environmental and chemical hazards. The VA offers a free Gulf War Registry health exam to any Gulf War Veteran to gauge the possible health problems related to their service.
Some Gulf War exposures include:
- Vaccinations (anthrax and botulinum)
- Oil well fires
- Smoke and petroleum
- Chemical and biological weapons
- Depleted Uranium
- Occupational Hazards
- CARC Paint
- Pyridostigmine Bromide (PB)
- Sand, dust and particulates
- Toxic embedded fragments
- Infectious diseases
- Heat injuries
Oil Well Fires, Smoke and Petroleum
Iraq armed forces ignited oil well fires from February to November of 1991. These fires produced large clouds of soot, liquid, aerosols and gases that hung low to the ground, often enveloping the U.S. military.
Chemical and Biological Weapons
The Department of Defense estimates that around 100,000 Gulf War Veterans could have been exposed to nerve agents that were found following the 1991 Gulf War cease-fire. Our Toxic Exposure Attorney can assist you in understanding your condition in relation to exposure of chemical weapons and the benefits that you may be eligible for.
Soldiers in vehicles struck by projectile made with depleted Uranium may have inhaled the chemical. In addition, small pieces of depleted Uranium my have scattered and rooted into the soft tissue and muscle. The health problems associated with depleted Uranium are related to the amount of depleted Uranium that has entered a person’s body. High doses have been known to especially affect the kidneys.
If you suffer health problems due to the exposure of depleted Uranium, contact a VA Toxic Exposure Attorney for help filing your benefits claim.
Noise and Occupational Hazards
Asbestos, industrial solvents, lead, radiation, fuels, PCBs, vibration, noise, and CARC paint are just a few of the occupational hazards that military service members may be exposed to. Fuels, such as diesel and JP-8 were once used to operate military vehicles and are extremely dangerous to the health of an individual. Though one would not often consider the severity of vibration and noise, these two factors can be serious health risks. Severe vibration can cause strenuous damage to the body, while loud sounds caused by guns, equipment, and machinery can result in hearing loss or tinnitus (ringing in the ears).
Health problems related to any of these occupational hazards may qualify you for compensation. Contact VA Toxic Exposure Attorney for help with filing your Veteran’s disability claim.
Chemical Agent Resistant Coating is used on military vehicles. This paint makes the vehicle highly resistant to corrosion and chemical agents. Dry CARC is not toxic and poses no threat; however, inhalation of CARC in the painting and drying stages can be extremely harmful to a soldier’s health.
If you have been exposed to CARC paint, contact a Veteran’s benefit attorney at Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law.
Research continues on the health effects of exposure to neurotoxic insecticides and to pyridostigmine bromide pills taken by U.S. troops during the Gulf War to neutralize the effects of nerve gas attacks. Since returning from the Gulf War, many veterans have presented a litany of unexplained symptoms, including memory and concentration problems, persistent headaches, unexplained fatigue, widespread pain, chronic digestive difficulties, respiratory symptoms and skin rashes.
Pesticides used in the Gulf War fall into the following categories:
- Methyl carbamate organochlorine (lindane)
Lindane and DEET were used to repell insects. If you have come in contact with any of these pesticides and have acquired a health issue, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact Jan Dils for a free consultation.
Sand, Dust and Particles
Veterans who were deployed to dusty environments may have inhaled small fragments of sand, dust, pollution, or other particles that have embedded into the lungs and airways. These particles can cause serious health problems and you may be entitled to benefits.
Toxic Embedded Fragments
Shrapnel from explosive devices may become embedded in soldiers’ body after a blast. This can be harmful as soldiers may acquire an injury at the site of the fragment. Also, chemicals from the fragment can affect other areas of the body.
Recently, the VA published a proposed rule that, when finalized, will make it easier for veterans of the Gulf War and Afghanistan to collect Veteran’s disability benefits compensation for nine infectious diseases on the presumption that they were service-related. A veteran will only have to show service in Southwest Asia or Afghanistan and a current diagnosis of one of the nine diseases. The diseases are:
- Campylobacter jejuni
- Coxiella burnetii (Q fever)
- Mycobacterium tuberculosis
- Non-typhoid Salmonella
- Visceral leishmaniasis
- West Nile Virus.
The presumption applies for veterans who served in Iraq and Southwest Asia after August 2, 1990 or in Afghanistan starting in September 19, 2001. Veterans must also have had the disease for a certain amount of time and have a current disability as a result. If you believe you are eligible for Veteran’s disability benefits, contact our VA disability attorney for guidance through the application process.
Veterans may suffer from heat injuries if they have served in hot, desert climates. Heat injuries associated with the Gulf War include heat stroke, heat exhaustion, and sunburn. Veterans who suffered from heat injuries may now be more susceptible to heat, which can cause more serious injuries.
If you have suffered from a heat injury, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact a Veteran’s disability attorney for a free consultation.
Veteran’s Disability Benefits
Benefits that you may qualify for include:
- Health registry evaluations
- Health Care benefits
- Disability compensation
Some Veterans may also be eligible for other benefits and services including education, home loans, and rehabilitation. Dependents of Veterans may also be eligible to receive benefits. These include those who are biological children of a Gulf War Veteran and have birth defects and spouses of living Veterans. Surviving spouses, dependent children, and dependent parents of Veterans who died as a result of toxic exposure may qualify for compensation.
Contact a Toxic Exposure Attorney
If you are a Veteran that has suffered Gulf War exposures, have health issues as a result, and believe that you are eligible for Veteran’s disability benefits, contact Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law. An experienced VA Toxic Exposure Attorney can guide you through the claims process and give you the best chance at your claims success.