Get Help Now!
Complete the form below for a FREE, NO OBLIGATION
Camp Lejeune Claim Evaluation.

Individuals who suffer from myelodysplastic syndromes after more than 30 days of exposure to toxic water contamination at North Carolina’s Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune between 1953 and 1987 are eligible to file a Camp Lejeune lawsuit under the newly enacted Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022. Contact the Camp Lejeune myelodysplastic syndromes lawyers at Marin and Barrett, Inc. at (888) 348-2735 today for a free, no obligation initial consultation.

Has Exposure to Water Contamination At Camp Lejeune Been Linked to Myelodysplastic Syndromes?

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 chemicals.

With respect to myelodysplastic syndromes specifically, in 2014 the ASTDR noted that they have identified a positive association between exposure to the harmful chemical Benzene and myelodysplastic syndromes.  The study that the ATSDR relied upon, IARC Monographs on the Evaluation of Carcinogenic Risks to Humans, Vol 97: 1,3-Butadiene, Ethylene Oxide and Vinyl Halides (Vinyl Fluoride, Vinyl Chloride and Vinyl Bromide), was published in the Lancet Oncology in 2008.

As far back as 2002, the Environmental Protection Agency concluded that there is evidence supporting a causal relationship between myelodysplastic syndromes and exposure to the toxic chemical Benzene.  In 2017 the United States V.A., based upon the results of the the Camp Lejeune Technical Workgroup (TWG) analysis, acknowledged the relationship between exposure to contaminants in the water supply at Camp Lejeune and the subsequent development of myelodysplastic syndromes. At that time, the V.A. finally added myelodysplastic syndromes to the list of presumptive service connection conditions related to exposure to the contaminants in the Camp Lejeune water supply.

In addition to the connection between myelodysplastic syndromes and Camp Lejeune, 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, in addition to showing a high incidence of leukemia, also provide strong evidence tying the water contamination to other illnesses including liver cancer, birth defects, and prostate cancer.

  • Camp Lejeune Myelodysplastic Syndromes Lawsuit

    For decades, the victims of Camp Lejeune water contamination have suffered without recourse. They have been prevented from bringing civil lawsuits for financial compensation for the myelodysplastic syndromes injuries and deaths caused by the tainted water. Previously, a North Carolina law known as the statute of repose block the victims from filing lawsuits. However, on August 10th, 2022 a new law was passed giving victims the right to file a Camp Lejeune myelodysplastic syndromes lawsuit and seek a settlement including financial compensation or a jury payout. Now Camp Lejeune victims can file civil tort claims for injuries related to water contamination.

What are Myelodysplastic Syndromes?

Myelodysplastic syndromes, or MDS, are a group of disorders caused by blood cells that are poorly formed or don’t work properly. Myelodysplastic syndromes result from something amiss in the spongy material inside your bones where blood cells are made (bone marrow).  People with myelodysplastic syndromes might not experience signs and symptoms at first.

In time, myelodysplastic syndromes might cause symptoms such as:

  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Unusual paleness (pallor), which occurs due to a low red blood cell count (anemia)
  • Easy or unusual bruising or bleeding, which occurs due to a low blood platelet count (thrombocytopenia)
  • Pinpoint-sized red spots just beneath the skin that are caused by bleeding (petechiae)
  • Frequent infections, which occur due to a low white blood cell count (leukopenia)

Get Help Now!
Complete the form below for a FREE, NO OBLIGATION
Camp Lejeune Claim Evaluation.