Burn Pit Exposure and Civilian Contractors

Have you been exposed to toxic fumes while working as a civilian contractor overseas near burn pits? We understand the many medical complications you may have suffered from prolonged exposure. No one should suffer lifelong illness or death for being exposed to burn pits while working overseas for their country. 

Have You Or A Loved One Developed An Illness Due To Burn Pit Exposure?

If you or your loved one has developed an illness due to burn pit exposure, you are eligible for compensation. The Defense base act covers any losses you may have incurred due to disease or illness that originated from burn pits. As a federal contractor, your claim can include medical costs, lost wages, and additional losses. You can build a strong case with the right attorney to claim compensation due to burn pit exposure. 


What are Burn Pits?

Burn Pits are a common method to dispose of anything unwanted by the US military currently working offshore sites. These pits are areas that are open from the top and are used to burn anything solid. This can include food, waste, rubber, trash, and chemicals. The burn pits are used as an onsite disposal system that ensures anything unwanted can be properly disposed of. 

Where Were Burn Pits Used?

The burn pits are a common practice of the US military while working overseas. These are located on the US military base in foreign lands such as those in Africa, parts of Asia, and the Middle East. Amongst the many countries, a few of the popular ones are:

  • Iraq
  • Afghanistan
  • Kuwait
  • Syria
  • Djibouti
  • Qatar

If you were deployed in any locations where burn pits were used, you might have faced medical complications. This also means that you can have your case assessed and find out if your illness traces back to exposure to toxic fumes.  


What Illnesses Can Result from Burn Pit Exposure?

Multiple short-term and long-term illnesses were reported due to exposure to burn pit fumes. The burn pits were used to burn a series of objects and chemicals. As there were no limitations on what could be burned in a burn pit, many illnesses were seen due to exposure. 

The burning of chemicals, equipment, and petroleum products released dangerous fumes into the open. These fumes exposed the workers and contractors to develop many illnesses as a result. These illnesses are divided into two categories, both of which are categorized below: 

Short-term illnesses include: 

  • Itchy skin
  • Breathing difficulty
  • Rashes
  • Burning throat
  • Cough
  • Red eyes or irritation

Depending on the exposure time, these illnesses can vary from person to person. Problems with respiration, cancers, and autoimmune disorders may be seen in one or more of the areas mentioned. 

Long-term illnesses include problems with:

  • Lungs
  • Central nervous system 
  • Peripheral nervous system
  • Heart
  • Reproductivity
  • Cardiovascular system
  • Kidney and liver
  • Skin

How Can Contractors Receive Compensation for Burn Pit Injuries?

Contractors can receive compensation for burn pit injuries under the defense base act claim. A contractor can assess losses due to a burn pit with the right DBA claim attorney. These include any losses sustained due to burning pit exposures or injuries for civilian contractors.

Not Available through VA Since They are Contractors

Military personnel can claim losses due to burn pit exposure under the VA. However, the same cannot be said for civilian contractors. These defense contract workers are not covered under the VA as they are not military personnel. Currently, the burn pit registry and the veterans burn pit exposure recognition act is in motion. 

Not Much Attention Put on Contractors

The above initiatives have made it easy for veterans to claim compensation for injuries sustained by burn pits. However, the same cannot be said for civilian contractors, as not much is being done to ease their claims. There are no special programs or registries for civilian contractors. To claim compensation, you must find all you can about the defense base act claim. You can claim your losses from sustaining burn pit injuries through this act. 

However, with the right defense base act attorney, any civilian contractor can assess their claims and ensure they get the compensation they deserve.

Hiring an Attorney to Help with a Burn Pit Claim

Hiring the right attorney is the most crucial step to securing your burn pit claim. You can get all the information about your burn pit claim with the right DBA attorney. An attorney can help you collect evidence that will strengthen your case. The team will also analyze the losses you have incurred in wages lost and the cost of medication or treatment. 

Grossman Attorneys at Law will work tirelessly to get you your rightful compensation. Our attorneys have the experience to handle your claim under the defense base act. Contact one of the nation’s best burn pit claim attorneys to evaluate your case.

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Comments 9

  1. Thomas Orzechowski says:

    I served in Iraq for seven months in 2003 and 2004. At the time I was a civilian GS 13 1811 Special Ageng of the NCIS. I was exposed to burn pits in Iraq and Kuwait. In 2012 I was diagnosed with cancer of the neck, throat and lymph nodes. I am currently in remission but still suffer the long term effects of my extensive radiation and chemotherapy. Your assistance in this matter would be greatly appreciated.

    • Attorney Howard Grossman Howard Grossman says:

      Hi Thomas. Please contact our law firm using either our website or the phone number listed at the bottom of this article (above the comments). Our staff will take your information and an attorney will follow up. Thank you!

  2. James Adamcheck says:

    I was a contractor in Iraq from 2006 to 2007 as a Police Advisor for Dyncorp. My first assignment was in Sulimanayah and our camp was about 2000 meters down wind from a large chicken farm. On a daily basis we were exposed to the airborne stuff being blown our way from the chicken farm.

    I later went to Camp Liberty/Victory in Baghdad and was living in the containers directly behind (across the road) from the camp’s burn pits.

    Since that time I have been treated for and had polyps removed from my throat, have a constant running nose, nasal congestion, and after talking for several short minutes start to loose my voice, get dry throat, and a burning sensation. The throat dryness and burning affects my daily work activities when I have to talk for any periods of time.

    Is there any recourse that I have under DBA?

  3. CALVIN R FORD says:

    I was the operations manager for 18 months in the Uruzgan Province, Afghanistan. Camp Cole, Camp Lundell, Camp Holland and Camp Ripley. I am a veteran but was there as a civilian contractor. I have health issues that i believe to be connected to the burn pits. I also have a complete copy of the EBS and ESS for these camps.

  4. Norman Burgess says:

    Good morning, I did inspection of the burn pits for KBR while working as a contractor, I now required to wear a CPAP at night but I am unable to tolerate the CPAP so I am getting maybe 3-4 hour of rest a day.

  5. Glenn Whitehurst says:

    I was in Afghanistan working as a civilian contractor when I was exposed to military burn pits. I have suffered several health complications over the yeats that I believe are systemic from my exposure. Please contact me.


  6. Sherrie Edmonds says:

    I have contacted your office a couple of times regarding exposure to burn pits in both Iraq and Afghanistan. No one has reached out to me.

    • Attorney Howard Grossman Howard Grossman says:

      Hi Sherrie. I’m sorry that you weren’t contacted in a timely manner. Please give us a call. We’ve seen an explosion of potential cases and our intake team has been truly overwhelmed the last few weeks. We’re working on training more staff but in the meantime, a phone call during normal business hours is the best way to reach us!

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