Camp Lejeune: Myelodysplastic syndromes claims

Camp Lejeune: Myelodysplastic syndromes claims video

As a group of malignant diseases in which new blood cells in the bone marrow fail to mature or become healthy blood cells, myelodysplastic syndromes occur in approximately 10,000 Americans every year. Myelodysplastic syndromes, also known as myelodysplasia, are uncommon in people under the age of 50. Still, when they are the result of toxic exposure, which is the case of many Camp Lejeune veterans, myelodysplastic syndromes can develop at a younger age. Benzene exposure is one of the risk factors for myelodysplastic syndromes, as the chemical is extremely toxic to the components of the blood. Veterans who were regularly exposed to benzene at Camp Lejeune, even to low concentrations, are now at a high risk of developing myelodysplasia, which can eventually trigger leukemia. If you were stationed at this military base and struggle with this health problem, we encourage you to contact our attorneys, as you might be eligible to file a claim.

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Daily exposure to 10 parts per million of benzene can lead to the development of myelodysplastic syndromes

Myelodysplastic syndromes

Perhaps the most important thing veterans should know about myelodysplastic syndromes is that they can occur before leukemia, so people who struggle with myelodysplasia should periodically undergo screening in the unfortunate event they develop leukemia.

The earlier cancer such as leukemia is found, the better the prognosis of the patient will be, especially since leukemia can be a very aggressive disease.

In myelodysplastic syndromes, some of the cells in the bone marrow are abnormal and have trouble producing new blood cells. Numerous blood cells formed by these bone marrow cells are defective. Defective cells usually die earlier than normal cells, and the body also destroys some abnormal blood cells, leaving the patient without enough normal blood cells. Interestingly, different cell types can be affected, even though the most common finding in myelodysplastic syndromes is a small number of red blood cells, which can lead to anemia.

Excessive exposure to benzene, frequently used to clean aircraft and ground support equipment metallic parts, has been known for more than a century to damage the bone marrow, resulting in a lower than the normal number of circulating blood cells and, ultimately, myelodysplastic syndromes. 1 in 3 patients with myelodysplastic syndromes will develop a rapidly growing cancer of bone marrow cells known as acute myelogenous leukemia. Patients whose diagnosis remains the same may experience a gradual fall-off in marrow function leading to worsening anemia, bleeding, and infection, which, despite transfusions of red cells and platelets and antibiotics to treat the infection, can ultimately be fatal.

A serious cause for concern at Camp Lejeune: benzene exposure

Myelodysplastic syndromes

As many as 800,000 gallons of benzene-containing fuel leaked at Camp Lejeune from underground storage tanks near a well that served barracks, officers' quarters, and the hospital.

Consequently, benzene exposure was a serious cause for concern at the military base. Two exposure limits have been found to lead to hematologic cancer, including myelodysplastic syndromes.

The strongest evidence concerns daily exposure to 10 parts per million or greater of benzene, which may cause myelodysplastic syndromes. However, newer evidence supports the development of myelodysplastic syndromes at lower concentrations. In a study from the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, the researchers concluded that relatively low-level exposure to benzene was associated with a greater risk of myelodysplastic syndromes but not acute myeloid leukemia, suggesting that myelodysplastic syndromes might be the more relevant health risk for victims of benzene exposure. In addition to fuel, benzene-containing products such as paints and degreasers may have been present at Camp Lejeune, resulting in additional exposure. In fact, chronic benzene exposure is one of the most common risk factors for myelodysplastic syndromes.

Quality legal assistance for Camp Lejeune veterans with myelodysplastic syndromes

With over 30 years of experience, our attorneys are ready to provide you with the legal assistance you need if you were stationed at Camp Lejeune and developed myelodysplastic syndromes. However, to become entitled to financial compensation, you must first meet the eligibility criteria. More specifically, you must have lived at Camp Lejeune for at least 30 consecutive days between August 1, 1953, and December 31, 1987. To initiate the legal process, we will ask you to send our legal team your military records, which you must retrieve, and your medical records. We can help you with your VA claims as well.

Following a careful review of your documents, we will determine whether you qualify for filing a Camp Lejeune toxic water claim. If you do, our skilled and resourceful attorneys will go to great lengths to obtain the largest sum of money you are entitled to for your suffering. Individuals who were stationed at other military bases and struggle with myelodysplastic syndromes may also be eligible for compensation. It is important to note that our law firm operates on a contingency fee basis, meaning that you will not have to pay anything unless we recover compensation for you.