Renal toxicity caused by toxic exposure on military bases

By Treven Pyles

Posted on July 28th, 2022

As one of the most common kidney problems, renal toxicity occurs when the body is exposed to toxic agents that cause damage to the kidneys. People who lived on military bases in the U.S. for at least a month are at high risk of experiencing renal toxicity, as the environment of these installations abounded in dangerous chemicals.

The kidney damage renal toxicity causes usually leads to the inability of the body to get rid of excess urine and waste. As a result, blood electrolytes such as potassium and magnesium will become elevated. Kidney damage is the consequence of muscle tissue breakdown. Renal toxicity is also known as nephrotoxicity. The following symptoms may indicate kidney toxicity:

  • decreased urine output
  • shortness of breath
  • high blood pressure
  • swelling in the legs, ankles, or feet
  • weakness and nausea
  • irregular heartbeat

In the context of toxic exposure occurring at military bases, a simple definition of nephrotoxicity is renal disease or dysfunction arising as a direct or indirect result of exposure to industrial chemicals. One of the most heavily contaminated military bases in the country is Camp Lejeune. So, if you were stationed there for at least 30 consecutive days between 1953 and 1987 and came to struggle with renal toxicity, please contact our law firm to file a Camp Lejeune toxic water claim or lawsuit.

The connection between renal toxicity and exposure to harmful chemicals

The kidneys, due to their concentrating ability and excretory function, are highly vulnerable to the impact of toxic exposure. Benzene exposure was associated with kidney injury, and xylene exposure has been found to cause kidney damage in laboratory animals. These chemicals are industrial solvents that lurk in dangerous concentrations in the environment of hundreds of military bases across the United States. Exposure to toluene, another solvent, was discovered to cause renal damage and toxicity in humans. Other toxic agents linked to renal toxicity are:

  • fuels
  • paints
  • degreasers

Exposure to PFAS, also known as "forever chemicals," were also found to cause nephrotoxicity. A study from the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology revealed that PFAS are linked to poorer kidney function and other kidney problems. PFAS do not break down in the environment, being able to contaminate it for thousands of years, hence their nickname. "The kidneys are very sensitive organs, particularly when it comes to environmental toxins that can get in our bloodstream," said study author Dr. John Stanifer of Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.

We are ready to assist toxic exposure victims who spent time on contaminated military bases

Our attorneys have been dedicating their efforts to helping toxic exposure victims, including numerous veterans and their family members, for over two decades. We have the necessary experience, resources, and knowledge to obtain the maximum financial compensation for you, as well as VA benefits if you are a victim of military toxic exposure. To file a claim as a veteran, you need to retrieve your military records and your medical records and send these documents to our legal team.

If you lived with a veteran on a military base and toxic exposure affected your health, you can also seek compensation. We will request proof of your stay at the military base in question and your medical records so that our attorneys can properly review your case. Eligible clients will have their claims filed by our specialized attorneys, and, in the end, they will receive the money and VA benefits they deserve for their physical and emotional pain from the responsible parties.