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Were you diagnosed with leukemia after being exposed to toxic water contamination at Camp Lejeune?  The newly enacted Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022 provides veterans, their families, and civilian base workers who spent more than 30 days at North Carolina’s Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune between 1953 and 1987 and have been diagnosed with leukemia the legal right to file a Camp Lejeune lawsuit for financial compensation for their injuries. The toxic water contamination at Camp Lejeune and leukemia has been linked by numerous scientific studies. Call the personal injury lawyers at Marin and Barrett, Inc. at (888) 348-2735 today for a free, no obligation leukemia lawsuit evaluation.

Is Water Contamination at Camp Lejeune Linked to Leukemia?

The effects of exposure to any chemical depend on—

  • When you are exposed (during pregnancy, in infancy, etc),
  • How much you are exposed to,
  • How long you are exposed,
  • How you are exposed (breathing, drinking), and
  • What your personal traits and habits are.

Therefore, not everyone who is exposed to trichloroethylene (TCE), tetrachloroethylene (PCE), benzene, or vinyl chloride exposure will develop a health problem.  But, according to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ASTDR) there have been health effects that have been linked to TCE, PCE, benzene, or vinyl chloride in populations other than Camp Lejeune who worked with or drank water contaminated with these toxic chemicals.

The ASTDR scientific studies have concluded that there is enough research to support a link between the Leukemia and Camp Lejeune water contamination.  Further, in 2009 the Navy requested that the National Research Council (NRC) undertake a study to assess the potential long-term health effects for individuals who served at North Carolina’s Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune during the period of water contamination. In the 2009 report, “Contaminated Water Supplies at Camp Lejeune, Assessing Potential Health Effects”, the NRC evaluated scientific studies regarding the potential health conditions associated with TCE, PCE, and other VOCs. The NRC determined that there is suggestive evidence of an association between leukemia and TCE, PCE, and Benzene solvent mixtures.

On August 6, 2012, Congress enacted the Honoring America’s Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act of 2012. Section 102 of the Camp Lejeune Act established health care entitlement for veterans who served on active duty at Camp Lejeune for at least thirty days during the period between January 1, 1957, through December 31, 1987, for treatment of the fourteen conditions identified by the NRC including adult leukemia.  The VA Technical Workgroup (TWG) found that at least one of internationally recognized scientific authorities cited concluded that there is strong evidence supporting a causal relationship between adult leukemia and TCE.

Based upon the results of the TWG analysis, the VA acknowledged the relationship between exposure to contaminants in the water supply at Camp Lejeune and the subsequent development of the adult leukemia.  The VA then amended their disability benefit regulations and established a presumption of service connection associated with exposure to contaminants in the water supply at Camp Lejeune and those suffering with adult leukemia including lymphocytic leukemia (CLL).

In addition to adult leukemia, there are fourteen other covered conditions for which the V.A. determined a presumptive service connection after they found sufficient evidence to show an association between exposure to Marine Corps Camp Lejeune’s tainted water and medical condition.  They are:

The scientific studies and scientific evidence, in addition to showing a high incidence of leukemia, also provide strong evidence tying Camp Lejeune water contamination to other illnesses including liver cancer, birth defects (including cardiac defects), and prostate cancer.

What is Leukemia?

Leukemia is cancer of the body’s blood-forming tissues, including the bone marrow and the lymphatic system. Leukemia usually involves the white blood cells. Your white blood cells are potent infection fighters. They normally grow and divide in an orderly way, as your body needs them. But in people with leukemia, the bone marrow produces an excessive amount of abnormal white blood cells, which don’t function properly.

Leukemia symptoms vary, depending on the type of leukemia. Common leukemia signs and symptoms include:

  • Fever or chills
  • Persistent fatigue, weakness
  • Frequent or severe infections
  • Losing weight without trying
  • Swollen lymph nodes, enlarged liver or spleen
  • Easy bleeding or bruising
  • Recurrent nosebleeds
  • Tiny red spots in your skin (petechiae)
  • Excessive sweating, especially at night
  • Bone pain or tenderness

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