Marine Corps of the US armed forces deserve respect and full benefits for any disabilities they incur while serving their country. Due to exposure to base wells containing toxic chemicals like trichloroethylene and benzene, service members garrisoned at MCAS and Camp Lejeune from 1953 to 1987 are at a high risk of developing several cancers and illnesses.
Those impacted by toxic water on MCAS and Camp Lejeune can now apply for VA disability benefits thanks to recent legislation. Veterans who file a claim for VA benefits may be eligible for compensation for their medical expenses and other illnesses caused by water contamination.
Why Should You Use Dolman Law Group to File Your VA Benefits?
Veterans who qualify for assistance should be able to submit a VA disability claim quickly and easily. However, many people occasionally encounter difficulties with the Veteran’s Affairs system. Veterans pursuing disability benefits for illnesses brought on by Camp Lejeune contamination receive aid from the Dolman Law Group, which can also help them obtain the financial compensation to which they are legally entitled.
It’s possible that Veteran’s Affairs rejected your application for disability payments, or you may be experiencing difficulty linking your disease to drinking toxic water at Camp Lejeune. Dolman Law Group will help you gather fresh evidence to support a plea or new claim using various resources at our disposal. Additionally, our attorneys have expertise in providing clients with distinguished legal counsel that could make the difference between your claim succeeding or failing.
Dolman Law Group provides free counseling sessions to those interested in learning how we might help them file a VA reimbursement claim to obtain compensation for disorders brought on by Camp Lejeune contamination. You can reach us for your case by calling us at (727) 451-6900 or filling out the online form.
Camp Lejeune Contamination Caused by Carcinogens
For a while, Camp Lejeune’s water had been thought to be tainted. Early 1980s tests by several labs revealed that the base water did indeed have some of the largest concentrations of solvents ever discovered in tap water. The solvent in the base’s water was reportedly over 280 times higher than what EPA presently deems safe.
Multiple volatile organic compounds (VOCs) were detected in a well at Camp Lejeune, and almost all of them increased the likelihood of developing several forms of cancer. Many of the most dangerous carcinogens that have been identified include the following.
PCE From Camp Lejeune’s Dry cleaners
PCE (Perchloroethylene) is a hazardous substance frequently used in cleaners across the nation, and that must be disposed of properly to avoid leaking into the groundwater. On Camp Lejeune, this solvent was found at levels that were 43 times higher than those that were deemed safe for drinkable water.
Camp Lejeune Reservoirs Contaminated with Trichloroethylene
On Camp Lejeune, trichloroethylene—a solvent—was frequently used to clean metal parts and was discovered to have been found in the drinking water at the camp.
Other chemicals found in Camp Lejeune Water are:
- Vinyl Chloride
Water Contamination at Camp Lejeune Leads to Cancer and Other Diseases
The risk of crippling health conditions can significantly increase even with minimal exposure to the chemicals mentioned above. The following ailments have been linked to Camp Lejeune groundwater pollution:
- Prostate cancer
- Brain cancer
- Rectal cancer
- Ovarian cancer
- Liver cancer
- Hodgkin’s disease
- Breast cancer
- Multiple myeloma
- Non-Hodgkin lymphoma
- Kidney cancer
- Cervical cancer
- Bladder cancer
- Lung cancer
- Esophageal cancer
Non-cancerous illnesses and injuries:
- Neurobehavioral deficiencies
- Impacted immune system
- Aplastic anemia
- Neurological effects
- Hypersensitivity skin disease
- Parkinson disease
- End-stage renal disease
- Myelodysplastic syndromes
- Liver cirrhosis
Veterans who were exposed to water contaminated at the camp are eligible for a presumptive service for several disabilities. This implies that under some conditions, veterans who have suffered harm in this manner are not required to show that specific disabilities were brought on by exposure to toxic water during their stay at Camp Lejeune.