Camp Lejeune: Parkinson's disease claims

Camp Lejeune: Parkinson's disease claims video

Every year, 60,000 people receive a diagnosis of Parkinson's disease. This neurodegenerative disorder is caused by a loss of nerve cells in a part of the brain known as the substantia nigra, resulting in symptoms such as tremors in the hands, jaw, arms, legs, and head, slowed movement, impaired posture and balance, speech changes, and rigid muscles. Among veterans and other people who spent time at Camp Lejeune, perhaps the main contributing factor to Parkinson's disease was toxic exposure from drinking contaminated water. For almost 35 years, the drinking water at the military base contained industrial solvents such as trichloroethylene, vinyl chloride, benzene, and perchloroethylene. As a consequence, hundreds of veterans and their family members who were stationed with them at Camp Lejeune now struggle with Parkinson's disease. If you are one of these people, we strongly advise you to give our law firm a call, as we specialize in toxic exposure cases and we may be able to help you recover financial compensation for your unjust suffering.

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Over 110,000 veterans with Parkinson's disease receive treatment from the VA healthcare system every year

Parkinson's disease

Trichloroethylene, a degreasing agent in metal cleaning that has been widely used on military bases to remove lubricants and other contaminants from parts while conducting repairs or maintenance, was found to cause several types of neurological deficits, including Parkinson's disease, at low exposure levels.

It enters the atmosphere from vapor degreasing operations or volatilization from contaminated soil and groundwater through leaching from disposal operations and hazardous waste sites.

Furthermore, trichloroethylene can be released into the indoor air through vapor intrusion through walls and floors from contaminated soil and groundwater. As one of the most significant environmental contaminants nationwide, trichloroethylene can cause neurotoxicity, which can eventually lead to the onset of Parkinson's disease. Recent observations suggest a significant association between chronic exposure to trichloroethylene and the development of parkinsonism. Animal models exposed to the solvent have shown nigrostriatal degeneration and the development of parkinsonian features, according to a study from the medical journal Neurologic Clinics. These are all indicators of Parkinson's disease.

Exposure to trichloroethylene is associated with a high risk of Parkinson's disease

Parkinson's disease

Toxic exposure can lead to various diseases that worsen as the patient ages, such as Parkinson's disease, meaning that it causes more and more severe symptoms over the years.

Mounting evidence suggests that chronic exposure to low trichloroethylene levels may cause deficits in the following, which are hallmarks of Parkinson's disease:

  • movement
  • energy
  • mood
  • attention
  • memory
  • balance

Trichloroethylene is one of the numerous industrial solvents that were present in the drinking water at Camp Lejeune during the last century. A series of studies on humans found that exposure to it can lead to a high risk of Parkinson's disease. Researchers based their studies on previous findings that show exposure to environmental toxins such as trichloroethylene may increase the risk of developing the disease by increasing oxidative stress in the body. Oxidative stress causes imbalances between free radicals and antioxidants, causing cellular damage. It plays a crucial role in the degeneration of dopamine-producing neurons that lead to the development of Parkinson's disease.

Compensation for veterans and family members with Parkinson's disease who were stationed at Camp Lejeune

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 Parkinson's disease. 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 as a veteran, we will ask you to send our legal team your military records, which you must retrieve, and your medical records. We can also help you file a claim with the VA.

As a civilian, you will have to send our attorneys your employment records or proof of having lived at Camp Lejeune and your medical records stating your Parkinson's disease diagnosis. Following a careful review of your documents, we will determine whether you qualify for filing a Camp Lejeune toxic water claim or lawsuit. 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 may also be eligible for compensation.