Camp Lejeune: Renal toxicity claims

Renal toxicity occurs when the body is exposed to toxic agents that cause damage to the kidneys. The route of exposure can be inhalation, skin absorption, or ingestion. A whopping 37 million Americans struggle with kidney disease and many developed it as a result of toxic exposure. Veterans who spent at least one month at Camp Lejeune between 1953 and 1987 are at high risk of experiencing renal toxicity, as the drinking water of this military base abounded in harmful solvents that are responsible for this health problem. Studies found that exposure to hydrocarbons and benzene can result in renal toxicity or kidney damage, which, in many cases, is irreversible. If you were stationed at Camp Lejeune and were diagnosed with renal toxicity, we strongly encourage you to contact our law firm, as we specialize in toxic exposure and you might be entitled to financial compensation.

Claim Application

There is a causal association between moderate hydrocarbon exposure among veterans and renal toxicity

In the context of toxic exposure occurring at Camp Lejeune, a simple definition of renal toxicity is kidney disease or dysfunction arising as a direct or indirect result of exposure to industrial solvents. The kidney damage solvent toxicity causes usually leads to the inability of the body to remove excess urine and waste. As a consequence, blood electrolytes such as potassium and magnesium will become elevated. Kidney damage is the consequence of muscle tissue breakdown. Therefore, renal toxicity can be responsible for numerous kidney problems, including:

  • kidney disease
  • kidney failure
  • kidney cancer
  • kidney injury

According to a study from the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, solvent exposure may have a role in the progression of glomerulonephritis, a condition that causes damage to the tiny filters inside the kidneys. This is a form of kidney injury. If solvent exposure continues, patients with glomerulonephritis can eventually develop end-stage renal disease, a condition in which the kidneys cease functioning permanently, leading to the need for a regular course of dialysis or a kidney transplant to maintain life. The findings of this research support the association of solvent exposure with the progression of glomerulonephritis to end-stage renal disease.

A study from the medical journal Safety and Health at Work found that benzene exposure can result in kidney dysfunction. Benzene was another solvent present in the drinking water at Camp Lejeune. The researchers discovered that exposure to benzene and alkyl benzene was associated with kidney injury and kidney cancer. Other effects benzene exposure might have on the kidneys include:

  • hypophosphatemia
  • renal tubular acidosis
  • hypokalemia
  • azotemia
  • hematuria
  • proteinuria

Finally, exposure to perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, commonly known as PFAS or "forever chemicals", can also lead to renal toxicity. A study from the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology suggests that PFAS are linked to poorer kidney function and other kidney problems. The researchers state that the kidneys are very sensitive organs, especially when it comes to environmental toxins that can get into our bloodstream, such as PFAS. After 1967, these harmful chemicals began lurking in the drinking water at Camp Lejeune as a result of military firefighters using the fire suppressant AFFF excessively.

Exposure to PFAS is associated with alterations and disruptions in multiple pathways related to kidney disease. On a cellular level, many studies found kidney-related pathway alterations, some of which included the following:

  • disruptions in peroxisome proliferators-activated receptor pathways
  • disruption in oxidative stress pathways
  • greater endothelial permeability from actin filament modeling
  • de-differentiation of kidney tubular epithelial cells

We can efficiently help veterans file their Camp Lejeune toxic water claim

Veterans who developed renal toxicity as a consequence of drinking toxic water at Camp Lejeune during the last century might be entitled to financial compensation, so if you are one of them, we advise you to get in touch with our diligent attorneys. They have over 30 years of experience in toxic exposure, so they will promptly assess your case to determine whether you are eligible to file a claim. You might qualify for compensation both from the VA and from the government. All you have to do is send in your military records, which you must retrieve, and your medical records.

Once we deem you eligible, our resourceful attorneys will begin working on your claim and submit it. Because we understand how challenging it can be to struggle with a serious health condition, our compassionate team will strive to ease the legal process as much as possible for you and take care of the most difficult aspects of it on your behalf. You can also have a family member help you during each step of the legal process if you are too ill to participate. We will go to great lengths to obtain the most favorable results for your case. If you have renal toxicity and were stationed at other military bases, we might also be able to help you.