What are the symptoms of toxic exposure that occurred at Camp Lejeune?

The symptoms one can experience following direct contact with toxic agents such as vinyl chloride, benzene, or solvents vary greatly depending on the route of exposure. However, veterans and family members who have been stationed at Camp Lejeune may not experience any symptoms until a serious disease occurs.

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The symptoms of toxic exposure can be either chronic or acute

While chronic symptoms refer to those occurring following long-term exposure to chemicals, acute symptoms appear shortly after the person comes in direct contact with a toxic agent. A chemical may cause both acute and chronic symptoms. The health effects one may experience following their stay at Camp Lejeune can vary depending on the affected organ, dose level, frequency, duration, and route of exposure, which can be inhalation, skin contact, or ingestion.

The chemicals that have been found lurking on the site of Camp Lejeune in tremendous concentrations are trichloroethylene, vinyl chloride, perchloroethylene, and benzene, as well as degreasers and solvents. Exposure to these toxic agents can result in the following symptoms, either immediately or in the long run:

  • headache
  • cardiovascular toxicity
  • sweating
  • immunotoxicity
  • blurred vision
  • endocrine system toxicity
  • stomach aches
  • gastrointestinal toxicity
  • diarrhea
  • sensory organ toxicity
  • skin burns
  • respiratory problems

More specifically, trichloroethylene exposure may cause dizziness, headaches, facial numbness, confusion, euphoria, or weakness. Vinyl chloride exposure can result in eye, nose, throat, and lungs irritation, dizziness, headache, sleepiness, nausea, or tingling in the arms and legs. Exposure to perchloroethylene may cause depression of the central nervous system, liver and kidney damage, impaired memory, dizziness, headache, confusion, drowsiness, or eye, nose, and throat irritation. Lastly, benzene exposure can result in drowsiness, rapid or irregular heartbeat, dizziness, headaches, tremors, confusion, or even unconsciousness.

Our attorneys will help you file a claim if you were stationed at Camp Lejeune

With over 25 years of experience in providing quality assistance to victims of toxic exposure, our attorneys and legal team are ready to lend you a helping hand if you are a veteran or a family member of one whose health was affected by the chemicals polluting Camp Lejeune. To file a claim, you must have spent at least 30 consecutive days on this military base between August 1953 and December 1987. You must also have a diagnosis that makes you eligible for seeking financial compensation.

Because we strive to make the legal process as easy as possible for toxic exposure victims, as a veteran, all we will need from you are your military records, which you must retrieve, and your medical records. If you are a family member, you will only need to provide your medical records and evidence of your stay at Camp Lejeune. These documents will offer a starting point for our attorneys. If they deem you eligible, they will file both an injury claim and a VA claim on your behalf. It is important to know that if you were pregnant during your stay at Camp Lejeune and your child was born with a defect, you are also entitled to compensation.

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