What are the symptoms of drinking contaminated water at Camp Lejeune?

The symptoms one can experience after drinking water contaminated with toxic chemicals such as trichloroethylene, vinyl chloride, perchloroethylene, and benzene vary greatly depending on the length of exposure. However, veterans and family members who were stationed at Camp Lejeune may not experience any symptoms until a serious disease occurs.

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The symptoms of drinking contaminated water 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 contact with a high level of toxic substances. A chemical may cause both acute and chronic symptoms. The health effects one may experience as a result of drinking contaminated water at Camp Lejeune can vary depending on the affected organ, dose level, frequency, and duration.

The chemicals that have been found lurking in the water of Camp Lejeune in tremendous concentrations are trichloroethylene, vinyl chloride, perchloroethylene, and benzene, as well as degreasers and solvents. These are some of the symptoms drinking contaminated water at the military base can cause, which may appear 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. Drinking water with vinyl chloride 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 from drinking water can lead to drowsiness, rapid or irregular heartbeat, dizziness, headaches, tremors, confusion, or even unconsciousness.

Our attorneys will help you file a Camp Lejeune toxic water claim or lawsuit

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 drinking contaminated water at Camp Lejeune. To file a Camp Lejeune toxic water claim or lawsuit, 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 may also be entitled to compensation.

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