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Investigating Lockbourne and Rickenbacker Air Force Base cancer claims

After many years of service in the armed forces, many veterans suddenly develop rare cancers that may be related to their time spent at various military installations around the country. If you or a loved one has recently been diagnosed with a disease or cancer linked to toxic exposure, contact an experienced lawyer for a case review.

It is prudent to consult with an attorney after a medical diagnosis to not only help pay for your medical expenses, but to file claims for long-term disability, non-material damages, and compensation for lost wages.

Our toxic tort and asbestos lawyers have represented veterans nationwide in VA Disability cases as well as related personal injury lawsuits. We have twenty years of experience in the field of toxic exposure litigation, and we work with dedicated industry experts to build a strong case on your behalf. Let us guide the way while you spend time with your family and focus on your health.

Rickenbacker AFB Toxic Exposure

An EPA assessment made in the early 1990’s determined that the old site of the Rickenbacker Air Force Base was contaminated with numerous toxic materials, including: acetone, arsenic, benzene, vinyl chloride, ethylbenzene, thallium, thrichloroethylene, cis-1,2-dichloroethene, 1,2-dibromo-3-chloropropane, 1,2-dichloroethane. Asbestos was also though to be present in various aircraft components and building materials.

Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base, formerly Lockbourne AFB, is an Ohio Air National Guard installation at Rickenbacker International Airport in Franklin County, Ohio. The base was named for an aviator and Columbus, Ohio native Eddie Rickenbacker. It has served as a base for the 121st Air Refueling Wing (121 ARW), an Air National Guard (ANG).

Rickenbacker now operates as a joint military facility whose own tenant activities include the Ohio Army National Guard’s Army Aviation Support Facility #2, Navy Reserve and Marine Corps Reserve units.

The base was named Lockbourne AFB from 1948 to 1974 and later Rickenbacker AFB from 1974 to 1980. Rickenbacker occupies about 2,100 acres. Activities on the site include operation, maintenance, and repair of aircraft, vehicles, equipment, and utility systems. Sampling at the site in 1988 and 1989, found heavy metals and trichloroethylene (TCE) in the onsite monitoring wells. A report, conducted by the Department of Defense (DOD), identified more than 20 sources of hazardous materials. The Drum Storage Area, for example, was used from 1984 to 1986 to store solvents, waste paint, sludge and spent batteries. TCE, arsenic, cadmium, chromium, copper, lead, mercury, and nickel were detected in ground water, and polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) were found in soils.

Questions about VA Asbestos Exposure

Why did the air force use asbestos?

The military used asbestos for the same reason every other industry used it: because it was not on very cheap and abundant and readily available, it was thought to be the perfect insulator for high-heat applications. This, of course, was before it known to be extremely hazardous. It is now a known carcinogen, linked to tens of thousands of deaths nationwide.

Asbestos was used in aircraft brakes, heat shields, and in many building materials around the base.

How Do i know if i have a good case?

That is our job: to review all the relevant information and determine if you have a good claim. The chances are very good for veterans diagnosed with certain types of cancer to be compensated for any past toxic exposure. We are accepting cases for clients diagnosed with AML, NHL, mesothelioma, multiple myeloma, MDS, bladder cancer, colorectal cancer, lung cancer and others. Call for a free consultation.  

Why Hire The Lyon Firm?

Our lawyers will lead you through the legal process, which admittedly can be quite tiresome if you try to navigate it on your own. We have the resources and experience to take your case and file the necessary claims, all the while negotiating for the best possible compensation package available. We assume all financial risks, and work exclusively on a contingecy fee basis.