It might sound like the plot of a twisted movie, but it was an all too real reality for people living in Camp Lejeune. Toxic levels of chemicals seemed in the water supply between 1953 and 1987. These toxic levels of chemicals in the water lead to life-long diseases such as cancer, neurological disorders, and even infertility.
For many people, the news came as a shock to the hard-working men and women in the military, civilian contractors, and the families living on base. Below are some of the many symptoms of Camp Lejeune water contamination that you or a loved one should look out for. If experiencing these symptoms, it’s best to seek help from a medical professional and a lawyer right away.
How did the Water Get Contaminated?
Evidence and studies by the CDC and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry suggest that ABC Dry Cleaners, an off-base dry cleaning shop, is responsible for many of the toxins found in the water on base.
Some of these toxins include solvents like Benzene. However, Trichloroethylene (TCE) was the main contaminant in the water at Camp Lejeune.
Some of the symptoms of TCE poisoning include:
- Irritation to the skin
- Liver damage
- And even death
Even if you lived on base 50 years ago, chances are you drank this water and felt its effects if you continued to get sick from the water later on. If you experienced some of these symptoms in addition to the diseases below, it’s time to start being compensated for your pain and suffering during this difficult time.
Diseases From Toxic Water
Many people had diseases thanks to the toxic water runoff at Camp Lejeune. Many of the diseases include:
- Bladder cancer
- Breast cancer
- Esophageal cancer
- Female infertility
- Hepatic steatosis
- Kidney cancer
- Lung cancer
- Multiple myeloma
- Myelodysplastic syndromes
- Neurobehavioral effects
- Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
- Renal toxicity
Evidence now suggests that these diseases had a direct link to the toxic water in Camp Lejeune. If you or someone you know had similar symptoms above, and struggled with one of these diseases, then you might be eligible for compensation. As many as 1 million people might have been exposed to the toxic water at Camp Lejeune.
You can seek compensation if you need to pay back costs for your disease treatment, or if your disease continues to impact you today. For instance, if you suffer from neurobehavioral effects, infertility, and miscarriages,
How to Get Help
If you or a loved one struggle with the effects of toxic water from Camp Lejeune, consider getting the help of a lawyer. Your doctor can help heal you from the inside out, while your lawyer can help you file the appropriate paperwork to help you get the VA disability you deserve.
You might also be able to file a civil lawsuit and see additional damages, a feat never done before due to strict laws. Take advantage of the passing of the PACT act and file your claim today.