More health problems associated with drinking toxic water at Camp Lejeune

By Michael Bartlett

Posted on August 17th, 2020

Between 1953 and 1987, the drinking water at Camp Lejeune was heavily contaminated with toxic substances, exposure to which is responsible for numerous diseases. One million people inhabited the military base, all of whom are now at high risk of becoming ill. The children of service members are also likely to be born with various conditions.

Whether you are a veteran or a family member of one who spent time at Camp Lejeune, you are most likely aware of the health impact drinking toxic water at the military base can have. The hazardous concoction of industrial solvents and PFAS lurking in the drinking water makes everyone who stayed at the military base for more than one month susceptible to developing a serious disease or, in the case of servicewomen and the wives of veterans, to giving birth to a child with congenital malformations. Toxic exposure can cause a wide range of medical problems or aggravate preexisting diseases. For this reason, we strongly advise you to keep a close eye on your health if you were stationed at Camp Lejeune during the last century.

The following are other health conditions and diseases veterans, their family members, or their children might come to struggle with as a consequence of drinking toxic water at Camp Lejeune:

  • Cognitive disability: Over 10% of people with a disability have severely affected cognition, struggling with concentration, remembering things, and making decisions. Many of these people are veterans. It is worthy of note that cognitive disability may occur within 50 years after toxic exposure. While the most common cause of cognitive disability is Alzheimer's disease, it can also be the consequence of exposure to toxic chemicals such as benzene, which was present in the drinking water at Camp Lejeune during the last century.
  • Conjoined twins: Only 1 in 200,000 births results in conjoined twins, which makes this condition very rare. Conjoined twins develop when the embryo only partially separates to form two individuals. The infants are usually connected at the chest, abdomen, or pelvis. Exposure to Agent Orange has a strong association with conjoined twins. Veterans need to know they did not have to work overseas or be stationed in Vietnam to be exposed to Agent Orange, as the herbicide was also stored on military bases such as Camp Lejeune.
  • Cysts, polyps, and tumors: Exposure to polychlorinated biphenyl may cause colorectal polyps, which can become cancerous over time. This substance might have been present in the drinking water at Camp Lejeune. Chloracne is a rare skin condition often dubbed "the hallmark of dioxin intoxication". It mostly occurs in people whose job involves exposure to these harmful substances, including veterans. Exposure to halogenated aromatic compounds is what causes chloracne. People who drank toxic water at Camp Lejeune may also develop malignant tumors, such as those occurring in non-Hodgkin lymphoma, soft tissue sarcoma, and non-melanoma skin cancer.
  • Autoimmune disease: Occurring when the body's natural defense system fails to differentiate between healthy and foreign cells, mistakenly attacking the former, autoimmune disease refers to over 80 health conditions. Recent studies found that exposure to polychlorinated biphenyls, dioxins, carbon tetrachloride, benzene, trichloroethylene, xylene, and toluene, some of which are contaminants that lurked in the drinking water at Camp Lejeune, may significantly contribute to the development of autoimmune disease.
  • Congenital malformations: Some of the organic and chlorinated solvents present in the drinking water at Camp Lejeune during the last century are teratogens, which means they can cause congenital malformations in newborns. Unfortunately, in addition to asphyxia, prematurity, and sepsis, congenital defects account for up to 44% of deaths among children under five. The following solvents were found to increase a child's likelihood of being born with a congenital malformation perchloroethylene, benzene, toluene, methyl acetate, chloroform, and xylene. Most children are born with microcephaly due to in-utero exposure to hazardous environmental agents.

If you received one of these diagnoses and spent time at Camp Lejeune between August 1, 1953, and December 31, 1987, for at least 30 consecutive days, we encourage you to get in touch with our skilled attorneys. You might be eligible to file a claim and obtain financial compensation. Still, before filing a Camp Lejeune toxic water claim, our experienced legal team will have to carefully review your documents to determine whether you meet our requirements. The legal process is simple and easy and will mostly take place over the phone. Similarly, if you have or had a child with a congenital malformation due to drinking toxic water at the military base, you should contact our law firm, as we might be able to recover compensation for them.

Quality legal assistance for veterans and family members who intend to file a Camp Lejeune toxic water claim

With over 30 years of experience in toxic exposure cases, our attorneys are ready to offer you quality legal assistance if you were stationed at Camp Lejeune and came to struggle with any of the above health problems or if your child was born with a congenital malformation. Because we know how overwhelming having one of these medical issues can be, our resourceful legal team will go to great lengths to make the legal process as simple as possible for you. To initiate the legal process as a veteran, we will need your military records, which you must retrieve, and your medical records stating your diagnosis.

As a family member, our attorneys will request evidence of your stay at Camp Lejeune and your medical records, too. Following a careful and thorough assessment of your documents, we will determine whether you qualify to file a Camp Lejeune toxic water claim, and if you do, we will promptly begin working on it. If you were stationed at other military bases and developed or were born with one of the above health problems, do not hesitate to contact us, as we might also be able to help you. Finally, it is important to note that we work on a contingency fee basis, so you will not have to pay us unless we recover money for you.