Between 1953 and 1987, toxic substances contaminated wells, treatment plants and other sources of drinking water at United States Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune and the nearby Marine Corps Air Station New River.
Military members, family members and civilian workers exposed to these dangerous chemicals have been diagnosed with often fatal medical conditions including several types of cancer and other diseases.
Exposure at Camp Lejeune has been linked to Renal Toxicity, chronic kidney disease, and other kidney-related illnesses.
If you’re considering filing a Camp Lejeune Renal Toxicity Lawsuit, you likely have some questions. Below, our attorneys look at the studies conducted on the water contamination at Camp Lejeune, and evidence linking these substances to Renal Toxicity and other conditions.
If you or a family member were at Camp Lejeune between 1953 and 1987, and have developed Renal Toxicity or other adverse health outcomes related to kidney function, contact TorHoerman Law for a free case evaluation or use the chatbot on this page to see if you qualify to file a Camp Lejeune lawsuit instantly.
There were a number of dangerous chemicals present in the Camp Lejeune water supply that have been linked to disastrous health conditions.
The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry identified many dangerous chemicals in the Camp Lejeune water supply.
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.
The toxic chemicals came from both military use, and also from groundwater leakage originating from an off base dry cleaner.
Visit this page to learn more about what caused Camp Lejeune water contamination.
The Honoring Our PACT Act is a new bill recently signed into law by President Biden that affords new health care benefits and VA disability benefits to those exposed to toxic chemicals during their military service.
Within the PACT Act is the Camp Lejeune Justice Act, which allows those exposed to contaminated water at the military base to sue and recover damages.
An increased risk of Renal Toxicity has been identified by professionals who've studied the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune and veteran medical records as a particularly common diagnosis.
Renal Toxicity, also known as Nephrotoxicity, is defined as renal diseases or dysfunction caused by drugs, chemicals, industrial toxins, or other environmental toxic chemicals. For reference, "Renal" is an adjective used to talk about the kidneys.
Scientific evidence and medical assessments of the drinking water at Camp Lejeune and the related medical conditions exhibited by those who consumed it have identified Renal Toxicity as a common diagnosis.
The National Research Council (NRC) Committee on Contaminated Drinking Water at Camp Lejeune have been reviewing the science behind renal toxicity and its relation to the contaminants at Camp Lejeune since the early 2000s.
Renal Toxicity diagnosis can be linked to a number of causes, typically from exposure to toxic chemicals and other contaminants.
There are a number of different types of renal toxicity or nephrotoxicity related to chemical exposure and contamination.
Causes of Renal Toxicity include, but are not limited to:
Exposure to Industrial Chemicals: People exposed to volatile organic compounds and other industrial chemicals experience an increased risk of bladder cancer.
Alcohol and Drug Use: People who use alcohol or drugs, such as cocaine, are more prone to kidney damage.
Contaminated water: Contaminants in drinking water, such as tetrachloroethylene (PCE) and trichloroethylene (TCE) have been linked to kidney damage, end stage renal disease, and other kidney related issues.
Medical professionals from the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) have said that exposure to toxic chemical solvents such as tetrachloroethylene (PCE or PERC) and trichloroethylene (TCE) are linked to renal toxicity cases.
Research on the relation between PCE and TCE exposure and Renal Toxicity or Kidney Damage include:
Seminars in Nephrology: Environmental and Genetic Factors Influencing Kidney Toxicity
Scientific Reports: Residential exposure to chlorinated hydrocarbons from groundwater contamination and the impairment of renal function-An ecological study
Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation: Perchloroethylene-induced nephrotoxicity in dry-cleaning workers: is there a role for free radicals?
Environmental Health: Long-term health effects of early life exposure to tetrachloroethylene (PCE)-contaminated drinking water: a retrospective cohort study in Environmental Health
Renal Toxicity, acute renal injury, and kidney disease can result in a number of tragic health conditions and hamper a person's quality of life greatly and impact kidney function generally for the remainder of a person's life.
The symptoms of acute kidney failure, resulting from renal toxicity or other kidney conditions, include the following:
Decreased urine output
Fluid retention that leads to swelling in extremities
Shortness of breath
Seizures or coma (in severe cases)
There are serious complications associated with renal toxicity and other kidney issues, especially if treatment isn't undertaken as soon as the warning signs appear.
Secondary hyperparathyroidism (SHPT)
High Phosphorus and bone disease
Pruritis (itchy skin)
The consumption of Camp Lejeune contaminated water has been linked to a number of cancer and non-cancer diagnoses including, but not limited to:
Other myelodysplastic syndromes
Miscarriage, infertility and birth defects
Many more diagnoses
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 has been signed into law by President Biden.
This bill is encompassed by the Honoring Our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act, which grants new health care, disability benefits and Veterans Affairs (VA) 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 Camp Lejeune lawsuits 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.
With the Senate passage of the PACT Act, and the 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, a family member or a loved one was exposed to toxic water at Camp Lejeune between these dates, and developed bladder cancer, you may qualify to file a Camp Lejeune Lawsuit.
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