Were you diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma 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 non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma the legal right to file a Camp Lejeune lawsuit for financial compensation for their injuries. The toxic water contamination at Camp Lejeune and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma 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 non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma lawsuit evaluation.
Is Water Contamination at Camp Lejeune Linked to non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma?
The effects of exposure to any toxic chemicals 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 adverse health effects. But, according to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ASTDR), there is sufficient evidence to show that exposure to the dangerous chemicals detected in the drinking water at Camp Lejeune can cause non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Evidence is considered sufficient for causation if there is 1) sufficient evidence from human studies in which chance and biases can be ruled out with reasonable confidence or 2) less than sufficient evidence from human studies but sufficient evidence in animal studies and strong evidence that the chemical acts through a relevant mechanism in humans.
With respect to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma specifically, the V.A. concluded that there was sufficient evidence to include non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma on the list of health conditions that are presumptive service related injuries sufficient to obtain V.A. disability benefits. According to the ATSDR, multiple epidemiologic scientific studies have specifically linked non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma to occupational exposure to trichloroethylene (TCE). TCE is a solvent commonly used in the dry cleaning industry and one of the main sources of the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune.
The scientific studies linking TCE exposure to non-Hodgkin lymphoma include a 2013 study published in the journal Occupational Environmental Medicine. This study found that individuals with long-term exposure to trichloroethylene (TCE) in the workplace were 6 times more likely to develop lymphoma. Another 2010 study found compelling evidence that TCE along with other chlorinated solvents increased the risk for NHL later in life.
In 2017 the United States V.A., based upon the results of the the Camp Lejeune Technical Workgroup (TWG) analysis, acknowledged the exposure to TCE and Benzene in the water supply at Camp Lejeune showed sufficient evidence for causation of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Based on these findings, the water contamination at Camp Lejeune has been linked to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The V.A. kept non-Hodgkin lymphoma on 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 non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma 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 non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, also provide strong evidence tying the water contamination to other illnesses including liver cancer, birth defects, and prostate cancer.
What Is non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma?
Non-Hodgkin lymphoma (also known as non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, NHL, or sometimes just lymphoma) is a cancer that starts in white blood cells called lymphocytes, which are part of the body’s immune system. NHL most often affects adults, but children can get it too. Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma usually starts in lymph nodes or other lymph tissue, but it can sometimes affect the skin.
Signs and symptoms of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma may include:
- Swollen lymph nodes in your neck, armpits or groin
- Abdominal pain or swelling
- Chest pain, coughing or trouble breathing
- Persistent fatigue
- Night sweats
- Unexplained weight loss