How long does it take to get sick from drinking contaminated water?

Because everybody reacts differently to toxic exposure, it is impossible to know how long it takes for someone who spent time at Camp Lejeune during the last century to develop a disease. There are many key factors that play a role, such as predisposition to certain diseases and overall health. Still, people who spent one month or longer at the military base have a high risk of coming to struggle with a disease.

It might take one month spent at Camp Lejeune for someone to be at high risk of developing a disease

Since there were so many toxic chemicals lurking in the drinking water at Camp Lejeune during the last century, it should come as no surprise that up to 500,000 people who lived there might eventually develop a serious disease. Because toxic exposure impacts everyone differently, some people are more sensitive and come to struggle with a disease after a short period of exposure to harmful chemicals, while for others, it might take a longer time of exposure to dangerous substances to develop a disease. In general, people who lived at Camp Lejeune for one consecutive month are likely to become ill due to having drunk toxic water.

The following are some of the symptoms for which you should seek medical attention immediately, as they might be related to toxic water exposure at Camp Lejeune:

  • fever or chills
  • persistent fatigue or weakness
  • frequent or severe infections
  • unexplained weight loss
  • swollen lymph nodes
  • easy bleeding or bruising
  • recurrent nosebleeds
  • tiny red spots on the skin

Since there is no way to tell how long it takes to develop a disease or whether you will develop one, if you spent time at Camp Lejeune between 1953 and 1987, you should keep a close eye on your health and go to the doctor as soon as you experience unusual symptoms. Toxic exposure victims are also advised to seek a second opinion, as correctly diagnosing these diseases can be challenging even for the most experienced medical professionals.

Our diligent attorneys can help you file your Camp Lejeune water contamination claim

With over 30 years of experience in assisting toxic exposure victims, including many veterans, our attorneys have the necessary resources and knowledge to help you find out if you qualify for filing a Camp Lejeune water contamination claim. As a Marine veteran, you will only have to send in your military records, which you must retrieve, and your medical records to have your case evaluated. Family members who intend to file a claim will need to provide us with proof of their stay at the military base and their medical records.

After a comprehensive assessment of your situation, you will know if you can file a claim. Because we prioritize veterans and their family members, especially if they have cancer, we will promptly file your claim so you can benefit from the money you are entitled to. If you are too ill to participate in the legal process, you should not worry, as you can have a family member help you, and our compassionate team will also do all in its power to accommodate you. It is important to note that we work on a contingency fee basis.

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