Neurobehavioral effects caused by toxic exposure on military bases

By Treven Pyles

Posted on July 31st, 2022

Studies found that exposure to solvents, which polluted the majority of military bases in the United States, is responsible for neurobehavioral effects such as social alienation, poor concentration, anxiety, and memory impairment. Both children and adults can experience neurobehavioral effects due to toxic exposure.

Neurobehavioral effects are defined as conditions of the relationship between the action of the nervous system and behavior. There are currently multiple studies examining the neurobehavioral effects associated with toxic exposure at military bases. However, it is important to note that neurobehavioral effects can stem from toxic exposure that occurred at any contaminated military base in the United States. The following are some examples of neurobehavioral effects whose source is exposure to dangerous chemicals such as organic solvents:

  • poor memory
  • dementia
  • poor concentration
  • insomnia
  • fatigue
  • motor problems

The organic solvents polluting military bases across the country include acetone, methylene chloride, toluene, halogenated hydrocarbons, xylene, and tetrachloroethylene. In children, another neurobehavioral effect of toxic exposure is hyperactivity. If you were stationed at Camp Lejeune between 1953 and 1987 for at least 30 consecutive days and came to struggle with neurobehavioral effects, you may be entitled to compensation. Our attorneys will gladly help you file a Camp Lejeune toxic water claim or lawsuit for you.

The association between neurobehavioral effects and toxic exposure

According to a study led by the National Center for Biotechnology Information, long-term exposure to low concentrations of trichloroethylene is linked to neurobehavioral deficits. The main route of exposure to solvents is inhalation, as these harmful substances are volatile agents, but skin contact is also a route of exposure, although it occurs more rarely. A study from the journal Occupational and Environmental Medicine found that exposure to these solvents is responsible for neurobehavioral effects:

  • toluene
  • xylene
  • methylene chloride
  • trichloroethylene
  • perchloroethylene
  • vinyl chloride

The acute health effects of organic solvents on the central nervous system include headache, dizziness, lightheadedness progressing to unconsciousness, seizures, and, eventually, death. Early research suggests that long-term, high-level solvent exposure might be associated with a syndrome of personality change, memory impairment, and neurological deficits known as chronic toxic encephalopathy, psycho-organic syndrome, or solvent neurotoxicity.

Our resourceful attorneys will help you obtain the financial compensation you deserve

With over 25 years of experience in assisting victims of toxic exposure, our skilled legal team is ready to provide you with the legal guidance you need. If you were stationed on a contaminated military base and developed a health problem as a result of toxic exposure, we encourage you to give our law firm a call. To initiate the legal process as a veteran, you will need to retrieve your military records and your medical records and send these documents to us.

If you are the family member of a veteran who lived with them on a polluted military base, we will request proof of your time spent on the military base in question and your medical records. These documents will allow our attorneys to have a starting point in evaluating your case. Once we deem you eligible for compensation, we will begin preparing your injury claim and your VA claim for submission as soon as possible. Eventually, you will benefit from the compensation and VA benefits you deserve.