Between 1953 and 1987, toxic substances contaminated wells, treatment plants and other sources of drinking water at United States Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune.
Military members, family members and civilian workers exposed to these dangerous chemicals have been diagnosed with numerous adverse health effects including several types of cancer and other diseases.
If you’re considering filing a Camp Lejeune Neurobehavioral Effects Lawsuit, you likely have some questions.
Below, we discuss the water contamination disaster at Camp Lejeune and evidence linking these substances to neurobehavioral effects, nervous system impacts and other behavioral disorders.
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An increased risk of neurobehavioral effects and other behavioral disorders has been identified by medical professionals who’ve studied the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune.
The National Research Council (NRC) conducted scientific studies on the Camp Lejeune water supply, and found that residents with long term exposure suffered from higher rates of neurobehavioral effects.
The NRC does not include Parkinson’s Disease on their report, but other literature has recommended including Parkinson’s Disease, ALS, Alzheimer’s and other neurological effects as “neurobehavioral effects.”
The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) also found that neurobehavioral effects, Parkinson’s disease, cancers and other health conditions were common diagnoses amongst former residents of Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune.
Neurobehavioral impacts are especially prevalent in children that lived at Camp Lejeune, who are now adults and dealing with related symptoms over the course of their lives.
The NRC concluded that organic solvent exposure, particularly tetrachlorethylene (PCE or PERC) and trichloroethylene (TCE) contamination, is likely to blame for the higher rates of neurobehavioral effects in former Camp Lejeune residents.
The toxic solvents that contaminated drinking water at Camp Lejeune most likely originated from an off base dry cleaner located near Tarawa Terrace Water Treatment Plant.
Current VA clinical guidance does not include neurobehavioral effects overall on its list of presumptive health conditions related to Camp Lejeune, but does list Parkinson’s Disease.
It’s important to note that neurobehavioral effects, as classified in the original NRC report, are described as:
The NRC report separates neurobehavioral effects from other neurological impacts like Parkinson’s Disease and nervous system related disabilities.
Neurobehavioral effects have been experienced by those exposed to contaminated water as adults, children, and in-utero (unborn children).
Neurobehavioral effects can greatly impact one’s quality of life, and the severity at which we have seen these neurobehavioral effects manifest in Camp Lejeune victims is staggering.
The variety of such neurobehavioral symptoms linked to contaminated drinking water at Camp Lejeune have resulted in life impacts such as loss of consortium and enjoyment of life, lost earning ability or wages, major medical expenses for health monitoring and testing, and more.
The broad nature of neurobehavioral effects and their diagnoses have made it difficult for victims to identify the source of their health conditions.
These neurobehavioral effects and their links to certain toxic chemicals are categorized and able to be tested for by multiple health agencies.
Neurotoxicity testing has been established for decades, with an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) document establishing guidelines for tests and how they should be conducted.
Preceding the EPA guidelines on neurotoxicity testing was the 1983 World Health Organization Neurobehavioral Core Test Battery (WHO-NCTB), which aimed to set a standard for the study of chemical exposures and their relation to certain neurobehavioral deficits.
If you believe you’re suffering from neurobehavioral effects as a result of toxic exposure, consult with your doctor on the best route forward in terms of testing and diagnosis.
If you or a loved one lived at Camp Lejeune for 30 days or more between 1953 and 1987, and have subsequently experienced neurobehavioral effects or neurobehavioral deficits, you may qualify for a lawsuit.
With the Senate passage of the PACT Act, and the imminent signing of the bill into law by President Biden, Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Lawsuits are able to be filed by any person exposed to contaminated water at the Marine Corps base between 1953 and 1987.
If you, any family members or loved ones drank the toxic water at Camp Lejeune between these years, and meet other certain criteria, you may qualify to file a Camp Lejeune Lawsuit.
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There were a number of dangerous chemicals present in the water at Camp Lejeune.
The four (4) main chemicals that contaminated water at Camp Lejeune were:
There were over 70 other toxic chemicals found in the water, all at varying rates over the decades water was most contaminated.
Visit this page to learn more about what was in the water at Camp Lejeune.
As mentioned before, neurobehavioral effects at Camp Lejeune have been primarily linked to PCE and TCE.
The consumption of Camp Lejeune contaminated water has been linked to a number of cancer and non-cancer diagnoses including, but not limited to:
Service members, their families, civilian workers, and countless others were diagnosed with deadly health conditions, and for years could not secure the benefits they desperately need.
The Camp Lejeune Justice Act is a new piece of legislation that is soon to be signed into law by President Biden.
This bill is encompassed by the Honoring Our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act, which grants new benefits to veterans exposed to toxic substances during their military service.
The Camp Lejeune Justice Act affords Camp Lejeune residents the ability to sue and recover damages for exposure to the toxic substances in the water supply, one of the first times the federal government has allowed legal action of this sort.
Camp Lejeune veterans and Camp Lejeune families will be able to secure compensation for health problems and medical expenses related to the toxic chemicals they were exposed to while living on the base.
Those eligible will file suit in the U.S. District Court: Eastern District of North Carolina.
In the past, several bills were introduced to address the issue at the North Carolina military base, but none have had any widespread impact for victims and families.
Now, people who were denied benefits or compensation in the past may have a fair shot at adequate compensation.