Toxic Firefighting Foam & the U.S. Military: What We Know

Posted by Tim Mercer on Oct 26, 2020 1:59:34 PM

If you, or someone you love, has developed cancer after being exposed to toxic firefighting foam, please call us right away.

In the 1960s, researchers for the U.S. Navy began testing a new form of firefighting foam that would extinguish flames quite rapidly. Just a decade later, in the 1970s, this type of foam was being used widely, across most military bases in the United States, as well as at a slew of airports, fire departments, and oil refineries. This foam, commonly known as Aqueous Film Forming Foam (AFFF) or perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) was designed to put out burning jet fuel.

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Topics: Veterans Affairs

Radiation Exposure During Military Service

Posted by Allison Sullivan on Apr 30, 2020 7:00:00 AM

Whether you suspect you may have been exposed to radiation during your time serving in the United States military, or you know for sure you were subject to at least some radiation exposure, it can be hard to know where to begin when it comes to filing for disability benefits. We've put together some basic information to help you when it comes to filing your claim.

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Topics: Veterans Affairs

Veterans Disability and Orthopedic Injuries

Posted by Eugene Powell on Feb 14, 2020 10:59:20 AM

From strained back muscles to broken bones, orthopedic injuries can be serious and cause major issues for veterans.

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Topics: Veterans Affairs

Have You Seen the VA Disability Appeals Changes in 2019?

Posted by Eugene Powell on Dec 17, 2019 8:15:00 AM

 Veterans Affairs has recently announced the largest single change to VA Disability claims in decades, discontinuing its Rapid Appeals Modernization Program (or RAMP), in order to fully implement the Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization (VAIM) Act, which took effect on February 19, 2019.

What does the change to the VA Disability appeals process mean for disabled veterans currently waiting for a decision or considering filing an appeal? We've broken down the details to give you a closer look.

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Topics: Veterans Affairs

Battle Over Burn Pit Exposure

Posted by Allison Sullivan on Aug 14, 2019 10:04:00 AM

 

Data Indicates Many Veterans are Suffering from Smoke Exposure Due to Burn Pits.

You may have heard about the Burn Pit Registry, but what exactly is it? Burn pits were a common way to get rid of waste at military sites in Iraq and Afghanistan. Currently, the VA says that research does not show these burn pits caused any long-term health problems, but much like the veterans affected by Gulf War Syndrome, they are continuing to study it and have created a Burn Pit Registry to keep track of veterans exposed to the smoke and other elements. Nearly 170,000 veterans and current service members have entered information in the registry since it was launched five years ago. These numbers might be the first indication that there is a widespread problem affecting many service members with similar military service. 

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Gene Powell honored by program that helps student veterans

Posted by Allison Sullivan on Jul 11, 2019 3:02:16 PM

Gene Powell, a retired U.S. Army colonel and member of Bluestein Attorneys’ SC Veterans’ Advocates Team, was recently honored by the University of South Florida for his decades of active and reserve military service.

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Topics: Veterans Affairs, News

Veterans Serving Veterans

Posted by Allison Sullivan on Jul 8, 2019 11:25:00 AM

At Bluestein Attorneys our Veteran Affairs team features officers and former enlisted personnel.

At Bluestein Attorneys, we understand what it means to serve our nation in a time of war.

 We have experienced the sacrifices veterans make for our country. Fighting for the men and women who served is not just a profession - it's an honor. 

For the next couple of weeks, we'll be taking time here at Bluestein Attorneys' blog to do something a little different. It's essential when dealing with sensitive legal issues to get an understanding of the attorneys you're looking to represent you — and nowhere is that more important than in Veterans Affairs Disability claims.

Our VA attorneys have agreed to answer a few questions that will help you get to know them a little bit better and to understand why they are so passionate about defending and standing up for the rights of military veterans and service members. Today, we'll meet with Tim Mercer who joined Bluestein Attorneys in 2018.

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Topics: Veterans Affairs

What Cancers Are Associated With Military Radiation Exposure?

Posted by Eugene Powell on Dec 6, 2018 1:05:03 PM

Radiation exposure has long been a potential risk associated with military service, primarily for individuals who performed what Veterans Affairs refers to as "radiation-risk activities" (as defined in 38 CFR 3.309(d)(3)), including nuclear weapons testing, but these specific tests are not the only potential risk for those serving in the military to be exposed to harmful radiation levels.

In order to file a VA Disability claim for cancer related to radiation exposure, a veteran would need to be able to prove a connection between their cancer diagnosis and radiation exposure during military service.

Proving service-connection for radiation-related cancers can be difficult and complex. The more information you have before moving forward, the better.

Let's take a closer look at what cancers are associated with radiation exposure during military service.

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Attorney Tim Mercer to Join the Bluestein Attorneys VA Disability Team

Posted by Allison Sullivan on Nov 28, 2018 10:04:03 AM

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Attorney Timothy Mercer has joined Bluestein Thompson Sullivan, LLC.
He will practice exclusively in the area of Veterans Disability.

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Were You Exposed to Asbestos During Military Service?

Posted by Eugene Powell on May 21, 2018 8:23:58 AM

When asbestos was originally introduced to the public, it was considered something of a miracle due to its ability to more effectively fireproof housing, machinery, automobiles, and more.

We are primarily used to hearing about asbestos being used in housing construction or automobile manufacture, but did you know every branch of the United States military used asbestos as a flame retardant, too? Long after the harmful effects of long-term asbestos exposure were known, its use continued unabated until nearly 1980.

Asbestos is either partially or fully banned in more than 17 countries. You may be surprised to learn, however, that the United States is not one of them.

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Topics: Veterans Affairs